Battersea Power Station, a vibrant backdrop to London life over the years, seems to have been a constant comforting presence – like the Queen (who, by the way, was shown around the power station in 1946 when she was still a princess). However, throughout its stable existence, the historic building has experienced occasional moments of glory – as if to remind us that it is still there. During World War II, for example, steam from building chimneys was used as a visual navigational aid by the RAF. Ten years later, in 1964, the normally reliable power station failed, leaving the capital without electricity and forcing the BBC to delay the launch of its newest channel, BBC Two. Perhaps the most memorable sighting in the press was when a giant floating pig attached to one of the power station’s chimneys broke free and began its journey down the Heathrow flight path, ending up behind Kent. The Pink Floyd Animals album cover used an image of an inflatable pig between the large chimneys of Battersea Power Station.
More recently, of course, the building has been transformed into a collection of shops and restaurants after a long period of inactivity (it expired in 1983). It opened its doors to the public on October 14 this year, providing an architecturally unique and beautiful shopping experience for Londoners and tourists alike.
Its wide, majestic exposed beams and dark steel that surround the buyer make the building breathtaking. Each store on the same site has the same frontage, which creates a satisfying row of window displays in the same frame. This provides a wonderful contrast to the individuality of each company, shining through the windows in warm, bright, colorful color.
Some complain that London has enough shopping centers and that the space at Battersea Power Station could be put to better use.
Find out if they’re right by planning a day out at the historic building – maybe do some Christmas shopping while you’re there!