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A spring weekend in Nine Elms and Vauxhall

Do you fancy discovering an under-explored part of central London? Better make a weekend of it!

Weekend in Nine Elms Spring

Published on
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:

Better start with a good brunch

  • Counter – Officially London’s longest restaurant. You can fit all of Nelson’s Column inside! A great modern, buzzy all-day brasserie under the arches at Vauxhall station.
  • Ragged Canteen – A vegetarian and vegan café at Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, this spot has a daily changing menu with scrumptious hand-made pancakes, great coffee, and gluten-free options.

Roam around the New Covent Garden Market

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!


Then how about a rummage around the Vintage Vauxhall Market

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.


Admission: Free

The Workshop, 1 Whitgift Street, London SE11

Second Sunday of every month (until October)

And maybe a spot of culture: Pump House Gallery

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 an exhibition of new and existing work by sisters Pavla and Lucia Sceranková. Their first major exhibition in the UK reflects visual, material and conceptual influences on their work and its contexts. Pavla and Lucia Sceranková have developed the show in response to the unique architecture of the gallery and its setting in Battersea Park.

Admission: Free

Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm.

A quick pick-me-up shot

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

Time for a stroll: Vauxhall City Farm

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.

Admission: free

165 Tyers St, Lambeth, London SE11 5HS

Tuesday – Sunday: 10:30am – 4pm

And finally… the pub for dinner

  • The Nine Elms Tavern: Choose from pub classics, seasonal specials and fantastic sourdough flatbreads, straight from a stonebake oven.
  • Vauxhall Griffin: Yes, there’s a Dirty Burger and a Nando’s by Vauxhall Station but you must try the Vauxhall Griffin famous burger.

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