Do you fancy discovering an under-explored part of central London? Better make a weekend of it!
March 7, 2017
Are all those cranes and highrises piquing your interest? Do you fancy discovering an under-explored part of central London? Better make a weekend of it!
It’s a 15 minute stroll from Parliament and very walkable with train access via Vauxhall station, Battersea Park station or Queenstown Road station (not to mention the various Santander Cycle stations).
Here’s our recipe for a spring weekend in Nine Elms and Vauxhall:
Come explore the UK’s most famous flower market and see where London’s florists come and buy their blossoms. It’s the fusion of two worlds: those who plant, tend, pick, pluck, dig and set flowers and those who select, style and supply the hotels, florists and venues around town.
So stop by the New Covent Garden Market to see one of London’s hidden worlds, to get pretty pictures, and learn about an important part of this city’s wonderful heritage. You might also come across the boisterous Sunday market that attracts large crowds where you can buy all sorts of things!
Who said treasure hunting was for kids?
Launched on Sunday, March 12th, the Vintage Vauxhall Market will be running on every second Sunday of every month.
Founder Naomi Knight and market manager John Hugo have brought their successful and established brand BathVA Vintage & Decorative Antiques Market to Vauxhall. The market offers a collective of professional dealers with antiques, art, accessories, architectural reclamation, brocante, collectors’ items, props and a smorgasbord of quirky items.
The market provides a great day out and there is always a buzzy atmosphere with music and a cafe serving more brunch if you need it! Sift through the gems and you’ll come across vintage prints, bicycles, paintings, upholstery, books, you name it!
Rain or shine, try it out; the Vintage Vauxhall Market brings together culture and community through conversation.
The Workshop, 1 Whitgift Street, London SE11
Second Sunday of every month
Great space to visit, participate and engage in contemporary art. Pump House Gallery is housed in a Victorian pump house that was used to irrigate Battersea Park.
Pump House Gallery is currently presenting (until March 27th) an exhibition expanding on The Committee, a 2013 project presented at Frieze London Art Fair by artist Pilvi Takala.
In this project, Takala invited a group of children who were regulars at a London youth centre to spend £7,000 prize money that she had been awarded in any way they wished. Free to choose how they would spend this money, the children decided to design and produce a custom-made bouncy castle called “Five Star Bouncy House”, which could be used by them and hired out to raise funds for the youth centre.
Bring your kids along and have a bounce! The bouncy castle is set up every weekend, weather permitting.
Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm.
You can stop by Pret-A-Manger or Starbucks for some coffee fuel but our favourite is Black Cab Coffee Company: excellent artisan coffee & incredible cocktails, just a few minutes from Vauxhall station with river views.
Riverside walk, Riverlight 1, Nine Elms Lane, Battersea SW8 5AU
Meet Ruby the rat, Stinker the otter, Willow the sheep & Barney the goat. And plenty of llamas! Vauxhall City Farm is a little piece of the countryside in central London. A fun day out with all the sights, sounds and smells of rural life. They’ve got a cute café for lunch, tea & coffee and cake.
The Vauxhall City Farm is free to access and open Tuesdays through Sundays 10:30am – 4pm. They specialise in educational, recreational, and therapeutic services so pop by the farm and enjoy some pastoral pastimes.
165 Tyers St, Lambeth, London SE11 5HS
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:30am – 4pm