Without a doubt, Battersea Power Station has been one of my favourite buildings in Central London. I especially love how it sits and reflects in the moving night waters of the River Thames. I’ve photographed this iconic building from almost every angle.
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 Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea Power Station to the east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to a nearly identical design, providing the long-recognised 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!
All of the images shown in this blog post are before the major redevelopment program began. The verdict is out whether or not the future Battersea Power Station will be worthy of photography. To be honest I’m not too keen on the new architecture being built around this iconic structure.
For the moment, however, Battersea Power Station and the nearby Chelsea Bridge remain on my list of the best places to photograph London.
Where is Battersea Power Station? How Do I Get To Battersea Power Station?
Battersea Power Station Coordinates :: 51°28′54″N 0°8′41″W