Generally when we hear rumours about anything going on inside Battersea Power Station, we tend to ignore it.
It’s usually just a load of hot air.
However, the developers behind the £9bn regeneration project that’s been quietly bubbling away in the largest brick structure in Europe (who knew?) have just announced the first few establishments that’ll be opening on the site this summer. The promenade, Circus West Village – despite being a name decided by pointing at random words in a dictionary – will play host to a spread of independent eateries, bars and shops.
We’ll add details of further confirmed names as and when they’re announced, but here’s what you can expect so far:
Wright Brothers Battersea
The fifth branch of this glorious seafood spot promises to be no less brilliant than its older Brothers; with marble dining tables, a Josper grill presiding over the open kitchen and a display bar of oysters which will be going for £1 a pop.
We know what you’re thinking. It would be great if there was a third branch from the team behind Soho’s Ducksoup and London Fields’ Rawduck. And it seems great minds think alike, because that’s exactly what they’re doing here – serving more of their signature simple, seasonal grub that’s so tasty the waiter’s already had a bite.
Two words: Aussie Brunch. Some more words: The South London stalwart “specialises in burgers, wine and brunch” – but they’re also pretty hot on cocktails, salads and desserts. So if they don’t think it’s worth mentioning their duck nuggets or DIY donuts, those burgers must really be something.
The London Distillery Company are, funnily enough, all about bringing distilling back to London. And they’re very wisely embarking on this mission by building a huge gin distillery here, alongside Europe’s biggest gin bar. Which hopefully won’t ruin…
A Danish, Neapolitan-style pizzeria fresh out of Copenhagen’s trendy meat-packer district, Kødbyen. They use sourdough bases topped with fresh ingredients to create pizzas like the Zuccone, with courgette and smoked salmon, and the Muuu! with (predictably) dried cured beef.
Just don’t expect any fresh pork on your pizza. We hear the pigs are pretty hard to pull down from the roof.
NOTE: Circus West Village will be opening in Summer 2017. We’ll be back with an opening date when it’s announced.
Circus West Village | Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling Street, SW11 8EZ
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