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Battersea Power Station, London

Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London. It comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design, providing the well known four-chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II* listed.
I thought about not including the 'visited with' paragraph, but then again, it wouldn't have been the experience it was without them. So... Deep breath...
Visited with/met up with inside the following awesome people: Keitei, 2wid, Rasinwing, JasperB, sirjonnyp, WhoDaresWins, tumbles, END-PROC, hosuecat, elliot5200, Voibmi, Gabe, TheFamousThreeGoTo, Skeleton Key, starlight and a couple more, who I can only apologise to that I couldn't recall your usernames.

Now, Battersea. It's partly the fault of this massive structure that I got into the whole exploring malarky in the first place. There it stands, firmly in central London, and is one of the most iconic sites within the city, and indeed the UK. I'm not sure why I had never attempted it before now, having even had offers to be shown in etc. I'll never understand why, but all I knew, is that I wasn't going to let it slip by without being ticked off the 'list'.
I know this place has been bumped to the top of the tourist bus destinations list in the past month or so, but that still didn't mean it wasn't as desirable as it was before, and well worth the trips in. Even if every other photographer/explorer/urbexor/Joe Bloggs within a 100 mile radius had been in, it wouldn't make a difference to me. I wanted this, and am extremely happy with the outcome.

These photos were taken over two visits, but no doubt they will not be the last.

I owe a huge thanks to many people for making this such an enjoyable place to explore, but in particular Keitei, who made a nice, quick and easy entrance into 'B' side, forming the first part of my experience of Battersea. Then to Rasinwing and JasperB, who did the same for 'A' side, the following excursion.

After getting us all up to 'A' side roof, using the most awkward, filthy and sketchy route, we were rather dismayed at first, when four more arrived, using the most simple easy route up. But, I guess that's what makes it so much fun. Nothing like the feeling of satisfaction of achieving something you'd heard people had been getting stumped on. That is, of course, until you realise you could have saved a lot of time ad effort :thumb

I am in no way saying that my selection of photos do it justice, but it shows the power station, as I see it. I mean, we all interpret places in different ways right?


The view from across the river, on a very wet and miserable morning after


'A' Side Control Room







'B' Side Control Room







'A' Side Roof





Just want to say, big big props to the folks who climbed this beast, got a lot of time for that. Having been to the bottom of it now, I can see exactly the size of the task you had to undertake to do it, and, well, nice one.


'B' Side Roof






Original lift shaft and stairs



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