Tube stations: you wait for ages for a new one to open and then two come along at once. Yes, the new Northern Line extension is now up and running, making it easier for everyone to get to Nine Elms and Battersea Power station. And once you get there, you'll want to know the best places to eat and drink...
Jackson Boxer’s Vauxhall restaurant is definitely a case of ‘more is more’ decor-wise. The beautiful surroundings are more than matched by the menu though which plunders the best of British and European produce.
Gul Vaswani's vision of promoting Rajasthani culture in India has made its way to London where the menu here celebrates the food of Rajasthan as well as roaming the subcontinent. It's quite spectacular looking too.
A menu with some Irish influence menu is on offer at Robin Gill's next restaurant Darby’s, inspired by his father. It's an all-day restaurant and bakery just opposite the US Embassy and they'll also be serving food at the development’s incredible Sky Pool 10 stories up.
Bringing Aussie beach vibes to South West London, this cafe serves up excellent coffee, brunches and a regularly changing menu with wine and beers in the evening.
At the heart of Little Portugal, Estrela is a place to come to, to enjoy grilled sardines, Portuguese wines and even Portuguese football on the TV.
Following on from their success in Islington, Irish duo Aaron Wall and Ciarán Smith have expanded with a larger food menu at their Embassy Gardens bar. Their cocktails are strong and very well made with Irish spirits coming to the fore.
With a spa, hairdressers and beauty salon, the cafe here follows the same ethos of wellbeing with a plant-forward menu and list of organic wines on offer. Vegan, flexitarian, gluten-free and dairy-free diets are all catered for.
Battersea Power Station
If low beer miles are a concern, then this Battersea taproom couldn’t be a better choice - they pump their beers direct from the brewery to their tanks. Food-wise it’s British cheese and charcuterie sharing boards and toasties.
Vivek Singh’s bright and breezy chain fuses Indian spicing with the best of British produce. So the Kentish saddle of lamb comes with keema saag and mussels are served with a in tomato curry leaf broth.
Serving up rustic southern Italian food, Fiume's menu is inspired by chef Francesco Mazzei's home, the Mezzorgiono. With an ex-Sartoria and L’Anima team on board, expect hand-rolled pasta, Roman pizzas and a rotating menu of gelato and sorbets.
Recently renovated, this popular Battersea haunt has been given a Gatsby-style makeover. So if you’re after somewhere a bit glam to go ‘out out’ then this is the venue for you. Weekend brunches are a big thing here and the cocktail list combines both low and no alcohol serves as well as those with a serious kick.
Tour Spain without having to leave SW11 - with tapas, aperitivo and more on offer. Inside this Spanish restaurant, there’s a mix of counter dining and bar space and the outside river facing terrace is a real boon.
Enjoy the best Spanish food and wine, with a particular focus on the Basque region. And - if you like what you try - you can also buy it to bring home. With various locations around town, each Tapas Room lets its manager pick the wine list, so there’s always something different to try.
Wines by the glass is the Vagabond USP and there are more than 100 on offer here using their clever enomatic system. Battersea is also home to their winery making wines from vineyards close to London.
Executive chef Henry Harris has put together a menu for this branch of Wright Bros that marries superb seafood from around the British Isles with French inspired cooking and a selection of meat dishes.
Where actually are the new stations?
You'll find Nine Elms station on the corner of Pascal Place and Wandworth Road, although its actual address is 12 Hebden Pl, Nine Elms, London SW8 2FT. The Battersea Power Station tube station is on Kirtling Street off Pump House Lane. The full address is Kirtling St, Nine Elms, London SW11 8BN.
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