Most people wouldn’t put Wandsworth at the top of their places-to-see-when-visiting-london-on-a-bank-holiday’list. Well, not unless they were visiting relatives or friends who happen to live there. As London destinations go it certainly isn’t the first borough that springs to mind for things to do.
But it’s a vibrant place with a lot going on. So just in case you’re after somewhere in the Capital that’s a little more laid back, here’s a few pointers to things you might do if you’ve made it your destination for the 25 May…
If you’re descending on Wandsworth this Bank Holiday there are some obvious places and spaces that you might decide to visit. But there are also some less well known gems – as we discover….
Battersea Power station is the iconic art deco landmark that dominates the Wandsworth borough skyline. Unfortunately major residential redevelopment work is underway – and whilst it does look like it will be spectacular when completed – you’ll only be able to admire the one chimney that’s so far been restored from a distance.
Deh, de-neh, de-neh, Parklife
Battersea Park is steeped in history – back in the dim and distant it was London’s market garden – a place where all sorts of crops were grown – including Lavender (up to Lavender Hill) and ‘Battersea Bunches’ of English Asparagus.
These days it’s one of London’s finest open spaces – and at 200 acres there’s plenty of room to enjoy. There’s a Children’s Zoo that features monkeys, lemurs, otters and meerkats (but we’re almost certain sure they’re not the ones from the advert).
There’s also the Battersea Evolution Exhibition and Events centre (if you’re a business exhibiting here you might be interested in our storage for business equipment). And – if you’re around at the end of June
Wander along the Wandle
Yes, there’s actually a River called the Wandle – and this one has nothing whatsoever to do with Harry Potter. It runs from Croydon through Wandsworth borough and totals around 14 miles. You’ll already have worked out that the borough takes its name from the river – although maybe Wandlesworth would have been a tad cooler.
It’s far from the conventional smelly London River that you might have conjured up in your mind’s eye. It’s actually a chalk stream, and the spring originates on the North Down. It is first visible at Wandle park in Croydon.
If you fancy a day out enjoying the river the Boroughs of Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth have cooperated to produce the Wandle Trail. It’s a largely traffic free route – suitable for all ages – which you can enjoy as a walk, or on a bicycle (it’s also part of the national cycle network). Find out more on Merton Council’s website where you can download a PDF of the route.
If you’ve worked up an appetite cycling the Wandle, then come the evening you might be looking for somewhere to eat. If you really want to push the bike out, Wandsworth’s only Michelin starred restaurant Chez Bruce, is adjacent to Wandsworth Common and just a short work from the Railway station.
The food is French influenced and the proprietors purposefully avoid some of the science-based techniques that have become fashionable recently – preferring to focus on classical With English Asparagus just coming into season – the Asparagus with Polenta is sure to be a favourite – although these days the spears are unlikely to be from a Battersea Bunch.
You might even sneak in a booking for the Bank Holiday – if you’re quick.
The Albert Bridge
If you’re out late, then a stroll across the Albert Bridge towards Chelsea is a must. It’s one of London’s prettiest river crossings at night – featuring illuminated lanterns and pagodas. The perfect place to finish your Bank Holiday.