Elizabeth Finney spends a day at the new Battersea Power Station Circus West Village to suss out the hottest new openings for both London locals and visiting city explorers
I’ve always been fascinated by Battersea Power Station. Catching the train into the city as a child, it would be one of the first indicators that I was in London. However, I had no idea that its history had been so turbulent. Despite the initial public outcry against the 1927 proposal for a power station in Battersea, the design by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott – the man behind the classic red telephone box – was built with just two chimneys in the 1930s.
The building of Battersea B Power Station, featuring another two chimneys, started shortly after the end of World War II and was completed in the 1950s by the British Electricity Authority, after the electricity supply was nationalised in 1948.