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Battersea Power Station for the first time from October 14.

Battersea Power Station will open its doors to the public for the first time from October 14.

Electric Boulevard, a new pedestrianised high street, which runs from the south of the power station, between Frank Gehry’s Prospect Place and Foster + Partners’ Battersea Roof Gardens to the new Battersea Power Station Zone 1 Tube station, will also open on the same day.

LIFT 109, a glass elevator experience which transports visitors 109 metres up to the top of the building’s north-west chimney, offering panoramic views of London’s skyline, will also open.

At its peak, Battersea Power Station supplied a fifth of London’s electricity.

The building was decommissioned in 1983 and during the years that followed, several failed attempts were made to redevelop the site.

Almost 40 years after the station’s lights were switched off, it is open and its owners plan for it to be a retail and leisure destination.

The building’s retail offering is housed in the power station’s two restored, historic Turbine Halls.

Turbine Hall A reflects the lavish art deco glamour of the 1930s when the station was built, whereas Turbine Hall B which was completed in the 1950s, has more of a brutalist, industrial look and feel.

The Boiler House at the heart of the building will be home to a Arcade Food Hall from JKS Restaurants which will open in 2023.

Other food and beverage venues joining the line up inside the station are Le Bab, Where The Pancakes Are, Poke House, Clean Kitchen Club, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar and Paris Baguette.

The station’s two control rooms, which managed the distribution of power from Carnaby Street to Wimbledon – even powering Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament, have also been fully restored.

Control Room A is set to become a unique events space and Control Room B has been transformed into an all-day bar concept, where patrons will be able to get up close and personal with the control room’s original dials.

 

Pictured: Battersea Power Station Picture: Brendan Bell

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