Battersea, a sought-after area in the London Borough of Wandsworth in South West London, is home to a vibrant mix of established residents, new families and young professionals.
Battersea has a real sense of community to it, with the small town feel of the area being one of the major reasons why local residents feel so passionately about where they live. Battersea has many active community groups, including the Battersea Power Station Community Group and The Battersea Society.
There is no shortage of green spaces with Battersea Park, Wandsworth and Clapham Common all offering an abundance of events and activities including rowing, football, rugby, fishing, bowls, cricket, croquet, jogging and a children's playgrounds.
The Thai festival, which takes place in July, offers delicious Thai food stalls, Thai dance events, martial arts, and fashion shows.
The Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park with a leading role in the local cultural life of Battersea has new exhibitions every few months with plenty of events happening throughout the year.
A variety of comedy and theatre is put on at the Battersea Arts Centre.
The area got its name from the old village of Battersea, a former Thames island settlement that once formed part of Surrey. The spot of the original settlement is marked by St Mary's Church, which is now within the district of Southwark.
People have long lived in Battersea. The original inhabitants in Battersea were fishermen. This explains why Battersea's economy was for centuries reliant on fishing and farming. By around 1700, it is estimated that almost half of all inhabitants in Battersea were farmers, fishermen or agricultural labourers.
London's first super power station, Battersea Power Station, was built on the south bank of the River Thames in the 1930's to the design of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.
The annual rate of council tax in Battersea varies, and is dependant on a property's valuation band. The valuation band is determined by the value of the property and the current rates for the local council.
Council Tax in Battersea is levied by Wandsworth local authority
There is an array of high street and independent boutique style shops on Northcote Road, many of which are favoured by the fashion conscious residents living in Battersea giving nearby Chelsea a run for its money.
St Johns Road, St John's Hill and Falcon Road are some other popular shopping streets offering a range of large and smaller retailers, specialising in a range of sectors, from fashion to interior design.
The markets in Battersea include Battersea High Street Market, which sells household goods, cards, fruit and vegetables, and Northcote Road Market, which features some wonderful deli products and clothing.
There are countless bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from in Battersea appealing to a range of tastes. The family friendly Bolingbroke offers a contemporary British menu. International cuisine is widely available - Argentinean steaks, Caribbean dishes, Italian, Thai, Indian and American-style Pizza are some of the choices available locally.
Local bars and clubs play a part in the lively feel of the area. Bars, pubs, and clubs range from the Peacock bar with an eclectic vintage look offering cocktails and burlesque cabaret, the Alchemist attracts a lively crowd up for dancing the night away, there is the 1970's-style Mishmash bar or Le QuecumBar, which provides gypsy swing-jazz most nights of the week.
The good and improving transport links have made the area popular with young professionals who easily commute into work daily.
There is no tube within the local vicinity. The nearest tubes are Clapham Common and Clapham South, both served by the Northern Line.
However, Clapham Junction train station is in Battersea, where commuters can catch a fast train into Victoria and Waterloo, and further afield, if necessary.
Buses and night buses provide a good service into and from Central London.
It is possible to access local amenities by foot or bike as there are many marked cycle routes through Battersea Park.