Battersea is a residential district of south London in the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is 4.8 km south west of Charing Cross. The district has one of southwest London’s primary parks, Battersea Park.
In 2001, Battersea had a human population of 75,651, but by 2011 the number stood at 73,345, noting a modest reduction. There's a large section of public housing estates constructed during the mid-20th century, practically all situated north of the major railway lines from Fairfield to Queenstown. There are four considerably large estates; Surrey Lane Estate towards the north, Doddington and Rollo Estate, Patmore Estate towards the east as well as the Winstanley Estate, that is recognised for being the birthplace of the garage collective So Solid Crew.
There are several notable landmarks in Battersea, one of which is the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Prior to that, the Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs was primarily based in Battersea soon after moving from Holloway in 1871. Other landmarks include things like the New Covent Garden Market, a significant vegetable and fruit wholesale marketplace, along with the now disused Battersea Power Station which was constructed between 1929 and 1939. There have already been several redevelopment projects since the 1980s to turn the station into an entertainment and commercial centre, but thus far all attempts have failed.