When the iconic Grade II listed Battersea Power Station went through an extensive transformation into a complex of shops, bars, restaurants and cinema that celebrates the power station’s design roots with a contemporary twist. The newly opened Battersea power station is certainly something to get excited about – read on to discover our favourites.
CHANEL Fragrance & Beauty Boutique
When it comes to beauty shopping in Battersea, there really is no other place to consider than opting for a Parisian affair at CHANEL. As you expect from CHANEL, the décor will make you want to pull out your iPhone to capture every corner of the store – think oversized palettes, brushes and lipsticks to celebrate the new Codes Couleur limited-edition accessories collection. Its design has a real focus on the heritage of the building: with a nod to the art deco era with a luminaire made to illuminate the interactive central make-up stand and the original pillars have also been incorporated into the design of the boutique.
Within the store you will find CHANEL TRY ON allowing clients to experiment virtually with eye, lip and nail looks before testing the colour in real life with a talented CHANEL make-up artist. The back of the store is where you will find a wall of 45 super chic sunglasses, small leather goods and Les Exclusifs de CHANEL fragrances – Gardenia is an absolute must. You can also choose from a menu of 15-minute complimentary services, such as a private a fragrance consultation, personalised skincare service, bespoke CHANEL make-up and lesson and rumour has it, there is talk of a nail bar opening…watch this space.
CHANEL Fragrance & Beauty Boutique, Upper Ground Floor, Battersea Power Station, Turbine Hall, Circus Road South, London, SW11 8BZ
Control Room B All-Day Bar Experience
There is something quite extraordinary about Control Room B Situated on its own private mezzanine floor and overlooking the bustling array of shops. Control Room B offers a unique alternative to your average glossy London cocktail bar – from the iconic architecture (previously the area where the whole of London’s electricity was powered and now a focal point of Control Room B) to the open plan features so you can soak in the atmosphere and serious mood lighting. Control Room B is not only is the most photogenic bar we’ve sat in, but the team here create the most exciting cocktails! Fear not, you won’t be overwhelmed by pages after pages of cocktails, instead you have a curated list of cocktails with personality all with a nod to the Power Station, such as cocktails served in an engine-shaped glass, The Synchroscope – a signature cocktail made with Oxley gin, lemon verbena liqueur, ginger & lemongrass cordial and Battery Licker pick-me-up, made up of rum, Disaronno liqueur, orgeat syrup and coffee; There’s also a great nibbles menu serving giant olives, cured meats, pillowy soft focaccia and filled bagels.
You can even stock up on Control room merchandise too – think boiler room suits, Inspector’s lunch box, pin badges and engineer’s mugs to name just a few.
Control Room B, upper ground floor at Turbine Hall B, The Power Station
Best of British womenswear label ME+EM has opened its 7th store in the UK at London’s newly refurbished Battersea Power Station shopping centre.
Statement pieces and luxurious basics are at the heart of the ME+EM eponymous fashion brand, which avoids throwaway fashion trends and favours timeless wardrobe investment pieces and has captured the attention of some of the world’s most stylish females. We took a tour inside the new store to get our fix of statement dresses, relaxed sportswear and denim. Situated opposite Chanel beauty, the first thing you’ll notice once you step in the door of this elegant new location is the square vaulted ceiling with soft lighting throughout, along with warm wood flooring, combined with industrial style finishes, which is in keeping with the architecture of the building. Shop from a range of timeless classics and flattering styles made to the highest quality, including blazers, high-performance trousers, dresses, and accessories galore.
ME+EM, upper ground floor at Turbine Hall A, The Power Station
Brindisa at Battersea Power Station, part of the Brindisa group of eateries is one of the restaurants we repeatedly go back to for the ever so moreish authentic Spanish plates and tapas. The décor at this vibrant Battersea restaurant features the open plan curved bar as the centrepiece, accompanied by natural and reclaimed materials with influences from the art deco era, which make a perfect setting for its lively, relaxed atmosphere.
Highlights include Iberian ham croquettes alongside more unusual dishes that include Salt cod salad, tomatoes, olives,red peppers, Tolosana black beans or cavolo nero with lashings of shaved Manchego and anchovy dressing. The extensive drinks menu offers and array of Spanish wines from small producers and established wineries, including rose wine, red, white, sherries and cocktails.
Brindisa, Riverside Terrace, Circus West Village, The Power Station
Ladurée Pop-Up Van
Ladurée always win the award for the tastiest sugar fix. You’ll find the famous mint green pop-up van situated in Malaysia Square, serving a range of hot beverages, chocolates and of course no trip to Ladurée is complete without indulging in the most divine macaroons. These crisp on the outside macaron shells with a soft ganache on the inside are seriously moreish and very Instagrammable might we add. Choose from a range of delicate flavours including classic vanilla, orange blossom, salted caramel and the new Roseblood flavour, which is not to be missed.
Ladurée, Malaysia Square, The Power Station