Battersea Park, London
Categories: Nature & Parks
Battersea Park is a 200 acre green space at Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth in London. It is situated on the south bank of the River Thames opposite Chelsea, and was opened in 1858.The park occupies marshland reclaimed from the Thames and land formerly used for market gardens.HistoryPrior to 1846 the area now covered by the park was known as Battersea fields, a popular spot for duelling. On 21 March 1829, the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchilsea met on Battersea fields to settle a matter of honour. When it came time to fire, the Duke aimed his duelling pistol wide and Winchilsea fired his into the air. Winchilsea later wrote the Duke a groveling apology.Separated from the river by a narrow raised causeway, the fields consisted of low, fertile marshes intersected by streams and ditches with the chief crops being carrots, melons, lavender (all the way up to Lavender Hill) and the famous ‘Battersea Bunches’ of asparagus.Running along the riverside from the fields were industrial concerns and wharves, including a pottery, copper works, lime kiln, chemical works, and, increasingly, railways. The site of Battersea Power Station was partly occupied by the famously bawdy Red House Tavern, patronised by Charles Dickens. Access was via the rickety wooden Battersea Bridge or by ferry from the Chelsea bank.For Battersea Park and beyond, use our London family vacation planner to get the most from your London vacation.
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Me and my friends decided to have a picnic in the park and as Battersea park was close by we decided to come here. I loved the park as it was nice and peaceful and we had a stroll. We spent around 90 ... read more »
There was a huge power plant, Battersea, the park around it is beautiful. Many sports are played, ballet and other performances are played here. A good park to get away from the hustle of middle of to... read more »
Although I love Battersea park and have been going here for absolutely years.....I feel there are too many changes over the years and it's not for the good! Too many fenced off paths and some areas in... read more »
Possibly one of the most beautiful and diverse parks in London. Beautiful lake with plenty of wildlife and boat hire. Mini train for kids to ride and an exotic plant garden and rose bed for adults. Like walking through a country estates pleasure grounds only in the middle of BATTERSEA. N.B. They do have a problem with blue algae at the moment so do not let your dog into the water as it can poison them. There are signs around the park warning people about this though.
We have been to Battersea Park about 6 times over the last few months for various events. We've found it a very plant way to spend a daddy on each occasion. Lots of different things to do. Activities to suit all budgets. Recommended.
Nice ring road for inline skating with the Easy Saturday Skate (ESS) crew on a Saturday morning. Great river views and so much more make this one of London's best parks.
Love this park, possibly one of the best in London. Unspoilt, and spread over 200 acres with something for everyone, from the many walking and running tracks, to the boating lake, tennis courts, adventure playground and mini zoo for the kids. People come here to walk their dogs, or just stroll along the banks of the Thames, or relax on a sunny afternoon with a book.
Up there with the best parks in London and only likely to get better. Easy to cycle into from Nine Elms Lane now the superhighway is up and running, and glorious to bike round on a sunny day. Lush green spaces, fountains and gardens plus a small zoo and now a 'Go Ape'. Don't miss out.
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