The Anonymous Widower

Battersea Power Station – 14th October 2022

I went to Battersea Power Station today and took these pictures.


  1. The picture of my jacket was taken in the toilet. All male toilets should have a hook for jackets.
  2. The crane is still in place.
  3. There are a number of shops still to open.
  4. There was no food store, although a Marks and Spencer’s food store is coming soon.
  5. The only place to have a coffee and cake and sit down was Starbucks. But I never eat in an American cafe or eat American food, as I don’t trust their gluten labelling.

One guy I met described it as Dubai without the sand.

I have some thoughts.

Getting There

There are two main routes.

  • Northern Line to Battersea Power Station station.
  • Thames Clipper to Battersea Power Station pier.

I went by the Northern line, changing both ways at Tottenham Court Road station to and from the Elizabeth Line.

  • This interchange is a short walk and step-free, if you use the lift.
  • There are no trains to Battersea Power Station on the Bank branch of the Northern Line.
  • There are five trains per hour (tph) to Battersea Power Station, with an extra two tph in the Peak.
  • There are no Night Tube trains to Battersea Power Station.

I can see this service being improved.

Arriving At Battersea Power Station By Underground

Punters were certainly arriving.

Gluten-Free Food

There was absolutely none, that I could find.

At least though a Gordon Ramsay restaurant is opening soon.


It wasn’t good. But then I have found several modern shopping centres work on this principle.



Canary Wharf is better.

  • Partly because the shops are more useful and to my taste.
  • But mainly because it is on the Elizabeth and Jubilee Lines, and the DLR.
  • All rail lines go through Canary Wharf rather than terminate there.

Battersea Power Station might be better, when the Northern Line is extended to Clapham Junction station.



October 14, 2022 - Posted by | Food, World | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Taken a heck of a long time but looks like a great transformation of the space. Is the old control room not open?

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | October 14, 2022 | Reply

  2. I didn’t see it. I did though get propositioned by a PR lady and her photographer to pose for a few photos. Not bad considering I’m 75 and the jacket I was wearing is probably at least 45!

    Comment by AnonW | October 14, 2022 | Reply

  3. In no rush to go… internally just another Westfield type shopping arcade, which at my age holds no allure. From your pictures the interior looks brobdignagian, with the clever use of old mechanical tech clearly displayed. It does scrub up well and looks stunning from the outside. So eventually worth taking a look and maybe a ride up the chimney panoramic lift.
    Not being a coffee drinker, I have never darkened the doorstep of a costa, starbucks, cafe nero etc.
    I prefer to give my money to an independent cafe/tea shop; just a shame one doesn’t exist there at present.

    Comment by Dave | October 15, 2022 | Reply

    • I’m mainly a tea drinker, with hot chocolate in the winter. Usually, like you, I look for independent places. With me though, avoiding gluten is more important. So I do plan UK travel where there’s a Marks & Spencer food store, a Leon, a Carluccios or some other place I know I can trust.

      Comment by AnonW | October 15, 2022 | Reply

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