Battersea is a residential district of south London within the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is 4.8 km south west of Charing Cross. The district has one of southwest London’s major parks, Battersea Park.
In 2001, Battersea had a citizenry of 75,651, but by 2011 the number stood at 73,345, noting a small reduction. There's a substantial area of public housing estates built during the mid-20th century, nearly all situated north of the main railway lines from Fairfield to Queenstown. There are four significantly substantial estates; Surrey Lane Estate towards the north, Doddington and Rollo Estate, Patmore Estate towards the east as well as the Winstanley Estate, that is known for being the birthplace of the garage collective So Solid Crew.
There are numerous 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 just after moving from Holloway in 1871. Other landmarks consist of the New Covent Garden Market, a significant vegetable and fruit wholesale market place, plus the now disused Battersea Power Station which was built between 1929 and 1939. There have been a lot of redevelopment projects since the 1980s to transform the station into an entertainment and commercial complex, but at this point all attempts have failed.