From an industrial suburb south of the river, the London Borough of Wandsworth has developed into swathes of modern riverside flats and aspirational neighbourhoods of period houses. Comprised of Battersea, Nine Elms, Tooting, and Balham, Wandsworth has a mixture of period housing, new modern apartments, mixed-use developments, commercial areas, and historical parks, museums, and galleries. Proximity to the river and the centre of London has spurred the major redevelopments of stagnant industrial zones by the river. These new developments have changed the signature of this part of the London landscape and many people are considering moving to Wandsworth. Gentleman & a Van has newly opened a vast storage facility in Wandsworth to offer professional and flexible removals and storage solutions in Wandsworth. We have seen the rise in popularity of this London borough over the last decades and expect the area to continue to thrive as a dynamic residential and commercial part of the city.
Nine Elms and Battersea Power station
Beloved of the London skyline, Battersea power station includes 35,000 sq feet of creative business studios and a 15,000 sq ft gym, health spa, and pool. Surrounding are various luxury residential developments, some with stunning views of the Art Deco megalith itself. Case in point is the Foster and Partners Battersea Roof Garden apartments. With floor-to-ceiling glass and winter gardens, these residences integrate the epic location into their innovative designs. The Circus West village of residential apartments, designed by Ian Simpson Architects, is another 850 blocks of sought-after residences, and Prospect Place is the Ghry partner’s first residential architectural work in the UK. With the additional opening in 2021 of the Northern Line extensions to Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms, the new Battersea Power station complex is a destination for work, shopping, wellness, restaurants and a place where some can call home.
Transport links in Wandsworth
London Waterloo and Clapham Junction are connected by the Southwestern Railway and the line runs through Earlsfield, Putney, and Queenstown Road. The nexus that is Clapham Junction connects to the rest of the country as well as the West London Line that serves Stratford to Shepherd’s Bush. The East London Line heads from Clapham Junction to Highbury and Islington via Denmark Hill. The District Line intersects the borough from East Putney to Southfields and the Northern Line extends to Balham, Clapham South, Tooting Bec, and Tooting Broadway. Uberboat can give you access to the waterways from Battersea Power Station, taking you to Putney or Woolwich and all in between. Cycle routes abound, for either traversing the city or following the river west to the Royal Parks of Richmond. Plans for further cycle routes in Wandsworth are being called for by the London Cycling Campaign.
Green spaces in Wandsworth
Wandsworth has won the Green Flag award for its green spaces in particular Battersea Park, King George’s Park, and Wandsworth Park and Common as well as Tooting Common. Its outdoor attributes are so great as to command a list:
- Wandsworth Park
A beautiful Thameside Edwardian Park, Wandsworth Park showcases London grandeur amongst ornamental shrubberies and signature plane trees. Tennis and a putting green provide activities alongside wide river vistas, and there is a café to enjoy. Between the centres of Putney and Wandsworth with Fulham on the other side of the river.
- Battersea Park
Spanning 200 acres of greenery, Battersea Park has major attractions such as the Peace Pagoda and the Battersea Park Childrens Zoo. In the former Victorian pump house is an art gallery, plus sculptures appear throughout the park. With boating and fishing on the lake and sports pitches and courts, it is a world within itself alongside the river Thames.
- St George’s Park
Wandsworth takes its name from the River Wandle and the Wandle Trail can be accessed in King George’s Park amongst ornate beautiful gardens. Playgrounds, tennis courts and bowls green suit all ages and the Nuffield Health and Leisure Centre is located on the edge of the park, with more sports and leisure activities on offer.
- Wandsworth Common
Close to Wandsworth Common Station is the common with its various habitats of woodland, heath, and water. The Nature Scope is a wildlife education centre within the Common and facilitates health and learning activities for all ages. With football and rugby pitches and a tennis and bowls centre it is a focus for relaxation and recreation in Wandsworth.
- Tooting Commons
Tooting is renowned for its multicultural neighbourhoods and vibrant culture. Vestiges of rural farming areas can still be felt in the two commons that still retain a peaceful sense of respite from the city. Tooting Bec Lido is the largest open-air swimming pool in the UK and the jewel in the crown of this area.
- Clapham Common
Known for its large festivals, gigs, circuses, and gatherings Clapham Common also contains the largest bandstand in London. It spreads into the borough of Lambeth, and it includes many different areas to explore, including two playgrounds and a skate park.
- Wimbledon and Putney Commons
Mixed heathland, grassland, wooded areas, and open space host an array of flora and fauna for nature lovers and those seeking contemplative space. Wimbledon Common has fishponds and nature trails that are user-friendly for people with mobility issues.
Why do people want to move to Wandsworth?
Surprisingly, considering the popularity of Wandsworth, the council tax is relatively low.
It is among the top ten safest boroughs in London, with crime rates below the national average. With its range of leafy suburban period houses and flats, it works for both families and young professionals. From riverside chic to exceptional world cuisine in Tooting, there is an expanse of qualities that make this a dynamic borough to live in. Quirky places like the Magic Garden Pub and the Lido Open Air Cinema add great vibes to this transformed district that seems to have it all. With commercial and creative spaces opening on the riverside, with an integrated emphasis on work and wellness, it is the cusp of the wave of new city living. If you are considering moving to Wandsworth, Gentleman & a Van can offer their excellent local service and expertise to you.
Gentleman & a Van – Removals and Storage in Wandsworth
Gentleman & a Van offers a quality home and office removal service as well as additional property services and storage solutions. Established nearly two decades ago, with the aim to raise the bar in London removals and storage,we have a loyal customer base and continue to develop our standards of excellence as we expand across the city. In particular, we work with interior designers as our Man and Van service is second to none when it comes to professional service and handling capacity. Our team is fully trained to move precious items, collectibles, artwork, sculptures, and statues. In addition, our property services, may come in handy for an end-of-tenancy clean or if you are a property manager yourself. If you are looking for a professional team to guide you through the moving process without a hitch, then our streamlined services are for you. Our Box Shop has all the packaging materials required, or our team can pack on your behalf. If you require storage facilities, we have different options that we can provide, and factor them easily into a move. When it comes to changing postcode, for your home or office, let the Gentlemen step in and lead the way, giving you peace of mind and a quality experience.