Fun fact: did you know that Clapham Junction station is, rather ironically, geographically located in Battersea? Or that Bond actor Roger Moore was born in Battersea in 1907? Or that Battersea forms part of the movie set for 101 Dalmatians, Spice Girls: The Movie and The Dark Knight?
Aside from its rich history and movie star status, Battersea is simply brimming with great coffees, delightful lunch spots and dinner locations that’ll be the envy of your friends (and Instagram followers). Lucky for you, the Foodism team have been scouting where to eat and drink in Battersea so that you don't have to do the leg work. You're so welcome.
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Where to eat and drink in Battersea: best brunches
1. Flour to the People
Where? 573 Battersea Park Rd, Battersea, SW11 3BJ
Like the sound of homemade jam, warm, freshly baked scones and crunchy, springy sourdough slathered in salty butter and tangy marmalade?
Flour to the People are renowned in Battersea for—yep, you guessed it—their bread. And it’s not just any bread: it’s loving-made, light as a feather but with enough of a crust to gnaw on sourdough, baked daily in their Battersea Park road bakery. Stop by in the morning to grab a loaf or to take advantage of their unlimited toast and toppings offer – it’s just £6.95 for as much sourdough and sides, including eggs, mushrooms and more, as you can fit in.
Don’t leave without trying their decadent in house hazelnut spread – it’s more-ish, indulgent chaos. Spread generously.
2. Ben’s Canteen
140 St John's Hill, Battersea, SW11 1SL
You know the hangovers that take a fry up and a good Bloody Mary to regain your human status? Yeah, those ones. Ben’s Canteen was practically made to assist you through those dark times. The whole brunch menu is piled high with maple-slathered pancakes (some of the best pancakes in London), salty, spicy fritters and healing brunch burgers, including their aptly named recovery, jam packed with sausage, black pudding, bacon, hash browns, sriracha and a fried egg, to meet your every (hanging) need.
Had a quiet one and just fancy a damn tasty brunch? You’re in luck – they have a delightful array of smashed avo dishes, towering with zingy pink sauerkraut and seeds galore, crispy shallot hash browns and granola-topped smoothie bowls, too. Try not to drool.
3. Brew Cafe
140 St John's Hill, Battersea, SW11 1SL
If you’re a coffee fiend searching for where to eat and drink in Battersea that'll serve you a spot on steaming hot cup of joe, you can’t go far wrong at Brew. Not only is their coffee great, but they have a wide range of brunch options on offer - think toasted banana bread slathered in hung labneh-esque honey yoghurt and creamy pistachios, their best-selling buttery folded eggs, sprinkled with lemon and parsley atop seeded sourdough toast, or their Brew toastie, oozing with ham, gruyère, vine tomatoes, poached eggs and salty pesto.
Dining with fussy friends? Fear not—they serve bowls of coco pops and crunchy nut, plus malteser, oreo and anzac biscuit malted milkshakes, too. Obvs.
54 Northcote Rd, SW11 1PA
Once a small town greengrocer and café based in Lewes, Bill’s is now a bonafide restaurant chain in its own right, with over 20 locations in London and 80 locations across the UK.
The menu at Bill’s is short and sweet, meaning every dish has earned its place there. Foodism favourites include the five-stack berry pancakes, eggs avocado florentine (so 2019) and the garden breakfast – a plate bursting with poached eggs, grilled halloumi, roasted plum tomatoes, charred red peppers, smashed avo, seeds and toast. There are meat options aplenty, too, but these are so good you won’t even notice they’re meat-free. Where to eat and drink in Battersea never looked so simple. On the hunt for more of the best vegetarian restaurants in London? Look no further.
Where to eat and drink in Battersea: best lunches
30 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EE
Fan of Maison Bab and their carefully crafted, baba ghanoush stuffed, pickle-touting flatbreads? Then you’ll love BabaBoom, another Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant set on making kebabs more than the greasy grub you greedily inhale at the end of a BNO (big night out).
Try the dukkah dusted whitebait, pomegranate topped sweet potato hummus and saffron and orange chicken shish, complete with chermoula yoghurt, crispy onions and harissa sauce. Oh, and you’d be mad not to order a side of the crispy halloumi fries – because, well, halloumi fries.
6. Little Bird
1 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HG
Step into Little Bird and we’d forgive you for thinking you’d stumbled into an Oliver Bonas-inspired jungle: there are hanging baskets filled with botanics of most shapes and sizes, rustic, boho-chic frames hanging on every wall and bamboo chandeliers. It’s what you’d imagine the Victorian era would have looked like if Kelly Hoppen had been queen and London was more jungle than City.
Alas, we digest: Little Bird is the perfect spot for a work lunch or to pop in at the weekend and enjoy their Asian-cum-Mediterranean cuisine. We weren’t sure what that meant before we went, either… But think juicy grilled prawn tacos, springy pork gyozas and moist sesame-crusted black cod, washed down with one of their ten specialist cocktails. None take your fancy? Tell the bartender what you fancy and he’ll knock something up for you.
79 Sherwood Court, Chatfield Rd, Battersea, SW11 3UY
Fancy enjoying a taste of France whilst overlooking the river Thames in the heart of Battersea? Gazette is one of the longest standing – and most loved - cafes in SW10, serving hearty duck fillets, butter-drenched mussels and peppercorn sauce steaks with many a carafe of French red wine, of course.
It’s hard to find a half-decent (read: half-authentic) Parisian-style brasserie in London, with so many slipping British dishes onto the menu. But Gazette does Paris, and it does Paris well. Bon appetit.
8. Dip & Flip
87 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HW
If your 'where to eat and drink in Battersea' Google search was on the hunt for a delicious sandwich or burger joint piled high with fillings galore, Dip & Flip is your best bet in Battersea, serving gluttonous, triple stacked beef stuffed baguettes, with a side of gravy. If you didn’t know, a French dip - which, ironically, is actually an American dish – is a hot toasted sandwich made from French baguette, roast beef and onions and served with a bowl of the dripping sauces from roasting the beef.
It’s a messy affair, but well worth a try. Grab a milkshake and a cake, baked daily by The Dessert Deli, whilst you’re at it. You’ve come this far.
Still keen to try one of the best burgers in London? Foodism have been taste testing for you - naturally.
9. Augustine Kitchen
63 Battersea Bridge Rd, Battersea, SW11 3AU
Another French bistro begging for your attention and your bottom on a seat is Augustine, located on Battersea Bridge road. If you’re after a spot for an intimate and cosy working lunch, or somewhere to while away the afternoon with an ice cold bottle of rose one Sunday afternoon, then you’ll love Augustine.
Franck Raymond had earned two Michelin stars as head chef at Le Marignac and worked for Marco Pierre White at the Oar Room before he launched Augustine Kitchen, his brainchild. And you can tell: there’s a focus on only using the freshest French produce available: you’re in for smoky charcuterie from Monsieur Colliard and the freshest of fish from Mouchet Anythy sur Leman, should you head. Plus, you’d be a fool not to round your lunch off with Raymond’s cheese board, bursting with wheels of nutty Comte and sour Tamie. Divine.
Where to eat and drink in Battersea: best for dinner
10. No 29 Power Station
Battersea Power Station, 29 Circus West, SW11 8NN
Battersea Power station has had a total revamp in recent years, and now houses several of outstanding cafes, bars and restaurants, No. 29 being one of those. With stunning views of the river and across the Thames, No. 29 has a little bit of everything: delicious brunch, light lunch options and a lovely intimate dinner spot.
Should you go for dinner, plates are designed to be shared, and Foodism favourites include the mouthwateringly crunchy polenta squid – a revelation – and the deep, dark roast pumpkin hummus. There are over 50 (yes, 50) wines to choose from, 30 cocktails and 15 beers, including locally crafted Beavertown blends. Date night, anyone?
Battersea Power Station 2 Arches Lane, SW11 8AB
Trust us when we say we would not say this lightly, but Mother may just serve one of the best pizzas in the London. With sister chains in Copenhagen and Napoli, the power house location is the first to open in the UK.
Housed in one of the disused railway arches, the chefs make their sourdough starter with seawater – although how this exactly improves a pizza dough, we’re not quite sure – and offer you a choice choice of wholemeal, spelt, brown or white flour for your base. It makes for a warming, gooey, biting crust and an all round bloody lovely pizza. If you’re looking for a lighter bite (or starters, let's be real), then there’s antipasti, like freshly baked focaccia and charcuterie, on offer, too.
Fun fact: the team at Mother also make their own mozzarella, wine and beer to use in the restaurant. Jack of all trades.
Ransomes Dock Business Centre, Parkgate Road, SW11 4NP
Looking for somewhere cool for dinner, date night or a friend’s birthday surprise? We’ve got you. Nutbourne is cool, and then some. It’s charming farm-to-fork - one to add to the ‘take the parents’ list next time they come to the big smoke.
Owned and run by the Gladwin brothers and in the building that housed L’Escargot for over twenty years, Nutbourne’s main USP is wild, foraged and locally grown food, produced on their very own family farm in Sussex. Eat outside on the dock or inside by their wood fired BBQ grill for whimsical midsummer sunset views of the river or cosy winter evenings in. To read Foodism's full Nutbourne review, click for more.
27 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HG
In the mood for light as a feather truffle pasta, decadent duck fillets and creamy, buttery mussels? Then you’ll want to try Soif for your next evening meal out. The menu changes daily, but you’re in for French-fusion cuisine using locally sourced ingredients and made with love.
Soif’s main selling point? There are hundreds of wines to choose from – they aren’t the cheapest, but they do offer wine-fiends a very exciting selection. Where to eat and drink in Battersea, sorted.
14. The Latchmere
503 Battersea Park Rd, Battersea, SW11 3BW
Good pub grub in Battersea is pretty hard to come by, despite the many gastropubs in the area and nearby Clapham. Having undergone a recent change of hands and being taken over by the Three Cheers pub company, The Latchmere now serves pretty good dishes at a reasonable price for SW11 – and don’t be surprised if head chef Phil comes out to check how your meal is.
Top picks include the roast with all the trimmings – veggies and vegans, the nut roast is also yummy, too – and the sea bream and chorizo. Pair with a pint and a match of football on the TV and you’re in for the perfect Sunday.
Where to eat and drink in Battersea: best desserts
15) Oddono’s Gelati
69 Northcote Rd, SW11 1NP
Smooth, sweet, ice cold ice cream piled high on thin wafer cone is pretty hard to beat, especially if it’s from Oddono’s. They’ve been serving fresh Italian gelato in Battersea since 2004, and made the cut for Foodism's best ice creams in London article, naturally. Don’t be surprised if you head down on a particularly hot summers day to find a queue snaking out the door – popular favourites include their peanut butter ice cream, and their tiramisu special. Snow good.
Where to eat and drink in Battersea: best bars and pubs
Unit 12 Circus Village West Circus Road West Phase 1 Battersea Power Station, SW11 8EZ
You’ve likely heard of Vagabond wine bars – it’s a date night favourite for many and pretty renowned as the most relaxed wine bar in London.
Why so, you ask? Well, since they opened in Fulham in 2010, the Vagabond team have been working to make wine bars accessible and approachable for all. You’ve all been there – sat in a slightly-too-hot-room with a waiter rolling his eyes as you attempt to stall over the several (extortionately priced) bottles on the menu in front of you.
Not at Vagabond, where the whole design is customer first. Pop in store, top up your wine ‘credit card’ and then start swiping. There are notes on every bottle and hundreds of wines to choose from, so you can try some of the budget wines, or go all out and opt for a taste of the more expensive. Ready, set, vino.
17. Humble Grape
2 Battersea Rise, SW11 1ED
If you’re a fan of small, independent businesses and like supporting local ventures, it’s time you got down to one of the Humble Grapes branches. There are only five across London, and all offer an oasis of (wine-fuelled) calm in an otherwise busy city. Choose from over 400 artisan wines, imported from family wineries around the world, and enjoy a delicious selection of charcuterie and small plates to match. Cheers to that.
18. The Duke of Cambridge
228 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, SW11 3AA
On the hunt for a good old local pub to while away a Friday evening at or toast in the weekend at? Located on the doorstep of Battersea Park is the Duke of Cambridge, which has been warmly welcoming pub-goers since 1890. Enjoy a steak and ale pie, scotch egg or club sandwich and wash down with one of their many local and craft beers on offer.