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Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station

Finally… finally… finally on Sunday morning I managed to visit Battersea Power Station, courtesy of the Open House London event. It had all went wrong on Saturday thanks to Open House London and there failure to organise something as simple as a queue!

I wasn’t taking any chances… I got there 1 hour before opening time, but I still had to walk for about a mile through Battersea Park to find the end of the queue! The very serious looking girl from Open House London reliable informed me that it would take around 4 hours to get in… WTF! She was wrong, very wrong it took only 50 minutes!

Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea. The iconic building first started polluting the air in the 1930’s and in 1983 it stopped producing electricity. Over the course of the next 10 years the massive crumbling Battersea Power Station and the land surrounding it will be transformed into a 3,500 homes, offices, shops and a park.

Battersea Power Station Pictures:

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Seemingly over 40,00 Londoners and tourists from all over the world took the opportunity to visit Battersea Power Station over the week. The last chance before the development work begins, maybe they should have had it open for longer to give the public their first and last chance to see inside one of London’s most iconic buildings.

As much as I enjoyed the opportunity to see inside the famous structure, nothing beats standing across the river on a bitterly cold Winters night, with a full moon shinning bright, looking at the building like it was a panting in the Tate Modern: it sure is a hell of lot less crowded…

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