Over the last 30 years the South Bank of the River Thames has made an extraordinary transition from a primarily industrial area to an internationally recognised cultural destination with attractions including the London Eye, National Film Theatre, Tate Modern and Royal Festival Hall. The regeneration of Nine Elms will extend the vibrancy of the South Bank through Albert Embankment, Vauxhall and on to Battersea Park.
Cultural activity is well established in Vauxhall and nearby Battersea and Clapham Junction. The Partnership are keen to support and strengthen existing cultural uses and attract new ones to the area, making the most of the area’s links with the international community, new US Embassy and the iconic Battersea Power Station.
In time the area will fulfil its potential as a bustling, riverside tourist destination with attractions to rival the rest of Central London’s visitor circuit. The new US Embassy, a revived Battersea Power Station and a publically accessible New Covent Garden Market will be among the highlights for sightseers and local residents alike.
The area is already home to a fresh, distinctive night-life scene at Vauxhall alongside an increasingly popular blend of cafes, bars, galleries and nightclubs. The district’s Central London location means other shopping, leisure and cultural destinations are just walking distance away including Clapham Junction, Battersea High Street, Sloane Square, Pimlico and the Houses of Parliament.
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The Albert Embankment and Vauxhall is an up and coming part of Central London with an increasingly popular blend of shops, bars, cafes, pubs, restaurants, clubs and galleries. As it continues to benefit from waves of new investment and the creation of new public space its cultural offer is growing fast. Reminiscent of the era of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the town is set to become a key leisure destination on London’s South Bank.
Current attractions include the Tea House Theatre, The Black Dog, The Brunswick House Café, as well as a range of authentic Portuguese restaurants that can be found in the railway arches and along South Lambeth Road.
Vauxhall is also home to a thriving nightlife economy including some of London’s most popular gay bars and nightclubs. The town’s growing reputation as a trendy late night hotspot has seen it labelled ‘Voho’ by the Evening Standard – the new alternative to Soho.