Battersea with its wonderful park is one of our favourite areas to visit when we have friends and family in town. Children appreciate the variety of activities the park has to offer; large open spaces allow them to cycle or run freely, whilst the play park and zoo provide fun for a range of ages. And the many family friendly pubs in the vicinity ensure that the adults are kept entertained also.

When friends and their toddler came to visit in early spring Battersea was calling once again. Despite the freezing temperatures outside fresh air was required to blow away the previous night’s cobwebs. We grabbed coffees from Black Lab hoping the injection of caffeine would boost enthusiasm for the walk across Clapham Common and just about managed to walk to the Fox and Hounds before the cold set in. Our friend’s little boy was fascinated by the pub cat (thankfully we’d left Flo at home for the afternoon) and we all enjoyed the respite from outside.

Warm again we headed into Battersea Park, the play park was a massive hit and much fun was had scooting around on a Scuttlebug. The fresh air helped to clear our fuzzy heads and after a brisk loop we were all ready for some lunch. Our first choice, the Prince Albert was undergoing renovation so we opted for the Draft House instead. The burgers were a devoured by the now very hungry men and we all left with full tummies. To avoid the post lunch slump we continued to walk along Thames Path which was surprisingly busy with joggers, fellow walkers and cyclists. We walked on to the Waterfront in Wandsworth where we found a large table in front of the TV, perfect for watching the rugby with a glass of warming red.

A few weeks later Mr B read an article about Mondo Brewing’s tap room and decided we should pay a visit. As it was a very wet and windy Saturday afternoon we caught a bus to Queenstown Road from where the brewery is a short walk. The small but very well designed tap room with views into the brewing room was quiet enabling us to pick the brains of the very knowledgeable and friendly staff. We stayed for a while sampling beers whilst reading the weekend newspapers, what better way is there to spend a rainy afternoon? Feeling a little heady we took our chances with the weather and walked to Boqueria. Here we enjoyed several tapas dishes including a superb Huevos rotos. Both are must visits when you’re in this part of town.

Battersea Park Road is rich with restaurants, cafes and pubs and there are a number of interior shops that are well worth checking out. My pick of the pubs is the Lighthouse, this smart dog friendly pub is a great place to enjoy a post walk lunch or drink. The high street with its Saturday market is a bustling place and Battersea Square is a charming spot to sit and watch the world go by. Several lunches have been enjoyed in the Melazana and the beer garden in the Woodman is a nice location to stop mid Thames Path walk.

You need only pick up a copy of the Evening Standard to realise that Battersea is an area undergoing much change. The development of Battersea Station has been much publicised and the pace at which tower blocks are emerging is astonishing. I just hope that the area keeps its charm along the way.

I’m desperate to book in a girl’s brunch at Source and I’m yet to try the highly recommended Butcher’s Grill so although I know isn’t the area for us, I’m certain that wherever we end up in the future we’ll be back for a visit.

Mrs B xx

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