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Battersea Power Station, London

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Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Nine Elms, Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to the east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to a nearly identical design, providing the long-recognized four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II* listed. The station's celebrity owes much to numerous popular culture references, which include the cover art of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals and its appearance in the 1965 Beatles' film, Help!.The station is one of the largest brick buildings in the world and is notable for its original, lavish Art Deco interior fittings and decor. The building has remained largely unused since its closure and the condition of the structure has been described as "very bad" by English Heritage, which included it in its Heritage at Risk Register. The site was also listed on the 2004 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund.
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  • This building,beautiful though it may be has essentially been left to rot in the last 35years.So many plans have come and gone.You see it every time you are on the train from Victoria Station going So...  more »
  • This is not working, power plant is the national heritage. Here wanted to make amusement park, the modern art gallery and even a new stadium for the football club Chelsea.  As a result, construction has started and is a modern hotel with adjacent quarter of the shops, restaurants and luxury housing. 
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  • The incentive was to photograph the plant which appears on the cover of Animals, but became a walk very interesting even if you are not interested in Pink Floyd. We arrived by subway station Pimlico (Victoria line), located in a quiet and residential district. Leaving the station, you have to look right Lupus Street by hand. This Street takes you direct to Grosvenor Road from where you have a view of Battersea Power Station located on the opposite bank of the Thames. Although I didn't speak that way directly, but rather from Lupus, skirting the Pimlico School, I got off by Claverton to the left until you find Grosvenor Road, tree-lined avenue that borders the Thames, where many people go out to run or bike ride and that was a very nice site for this hike.
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  • Known worldwide because it was featured on a Pink Floyd's album cover. A must see, before it gets converted into luxury apartments
  • I really like battersea power station and i live in battersea
  • Truly iconic building. Sadly you cannot get close.
  • Iconic image of London's past and will hopefully remain as part of the sky line for many more years. Visited here as part of Open House London a few years ago and inside was a great site to behold. The engine rooms are a true near pristine relic. as it's a location used in feature films in the last few years, it's likeness is very recognisable as you wander through.
  • Battersea Power Station marks a history which should be visited.