Take a trip around some of our favourite attractions in Battersea, home of Parkgate House and Radstock House, where work has just begun.
At Banda, we believe in ‘Design for Living’. Unlike other developers, we keep the future resident in mind throughout our projects, considering every element to guarantee the finished product embodies our maxim. That consideration includes in-depth knowledge of our developments’ locales. Here, in the first of the series, we list some of our favourite attractions in Battersea, the home of Parkgate House, and Radstock House, where our work has just begun.
With college buildings dotted across the capital, the RCA is London’s most revered art school. Just north of Banda’s developments is the Battersea Campus, which is home to a clutch of buildings where the world’s most promising students study photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture and the moving image. Community plays a huge role in Banda’s plans for the future, and seeing the opportunity to utilise local skills, we enrolled the help of RCA student and textile designer Shang-Yu Lee for a creative collaboration. He is currently working on an original piece that will take pride of place in the communal space of Radstock House – one of the many exciting aspects of the project, which we can’t wait to see completed.
RCA, Sculpture Building, 15-25 Howie Street, London SW11 4AS; 020 7590 4444; rca.ac.uk
CrossFit Perpetua Chelsea Bridge
Unlike any other training regime you’ve tried before, CrossFit is the ultimate way to get into shape. Clients start with a one-on-one consultation before moving on to personal training and then ‘graduating’ to the group classes, which are renowned for being remarkably testing. Using a mixture of strength and conditioning that can be applied to any body type and lifestyle, the course guarantees a tailor-made experience that will see you reach your fitness goals, whatever they may be. Courses from £400.
CrossFit Perpetua Chelsea Bridge, Unit 74 Queen’s Circus, 326-342 Queenstown Road, London SW8 4NE; 07598 010788; crossfitperpetualondon.com
Battersea Arts Centre
Described by The Guardian as ‘Britain’s most influential theatre’, Battersea Arts Centre is a pillar of the cultural community, and just a stone’s throw from Parkgate House. Hosting plays, musicals, discussions, creative learning classes and even weddings within its Grade II-listed walls, the BAC is a place where countless locals go to unwind, interact and soak up some culture. The programme of events is vast and fruitful, so we’ve put together a list of the very best, Banda-recommended highlights.
– Confirmation: Until 25 Oct. Written and performed by Chris Thorpe, the play looks into the phenomenon of confirmation bias as an attempt to have a dialogue with political extremism.
– If These Spasms Could Speak: 23-25 Oct. In association with Glasgow’s Arches theatre, this solo performance is based on a collection of touching stories about disabled people and their bodies.
– Karaoke: Until 18 Oct. The award-winning Sleepwalk Collective perform a tale about love and rockets, in the form of karaoke.
– Conversations About Comedy: Until 18 Oct. Including the best jokes from philosophers such as Plato and Kant, Conversations About Comedy is an entertaining ramble about comedy and double acts in crisis.
– This Is How We Die: 29 Oct-14 Nov. Christopher Brett Bailey’s collage of spoken word, beat poetry and storytelling tells dark tales of paranoia, young love and ultra violence.
– Echo Beach: 7-8 Nov. Hannah Sullivan explores the details of casual social dancing and what makes it unique to everyone.
– By Ourselves: Until 8 Dec. Pinhole photography forms a backdrop to this multimedia performance, which follows a five-day walk in the footsteps of poet John Clare.
– Until You Hear That Bell: 18-20 Dec. A story about the 10-year relationship between a family and amateur boxing, told through spoken word and performed within timed rounds of boxing.
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN; 020 7223 2223; bac.org.uk
Bunga Bunga is one of London’s most popular nightspots, but it seems the real party is happening upstairs. Billed as a ‘Casa Noturna’, Cocobananas is the pizzeria-cum-karaoke bar’s Brazilian sister, where revellers go to sip cachaça-based cocktails to a background of bossa nova beats. Spread across two floors, the club roars with the boldness and vibrancy of Copacabana culture, so much so that the girls and guys behind the bar are clothed in sarongs and surf shorts. To book a table, visit the website.
Cocobananas, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3BA, 020 7095 0360; cocobananas-london.com
The Butcher and Grill
Using meat reared on its farms in southern England, The Butcher and Grill on Parkgate Road is the perfect place for provenance-conscious gourmands. The exemplary produce is also used in dishes from the restaurant, which serves food all day, and the deli stocks almost every continental delicacy you could desire, as well as seasonal fruit and vegetables, cheeses, cakes, breads and dry goods. You can even take your favourite recipe to the kitchen and the chefs will prepare it for you to take away.
The Butcher & Grill, 39-41 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NP; 020 7924 3999; thebutcherandgrill.com
The newest of Banda’s recommendations, The Shed founders Oliver, Gregory and Richard Gladwin have recently opened Rabbit, a ‘wild food’ restaurant on the King’s Road. With ingredients coming straight from the brothers’ farm in West Sussex, the menu is packed with fresh, unusual ingredients such as ‘Alexander’ – a medieval herb found on Oliver’s foraging trips – and, unsurprisingly, plenty of rabbit.
Rabbit, 172 King’s Road, London SW3 4UP; 020 3750 0172; rabbit-restaurant.com
Using the world’s finest hand-polished acetate, Bailey Nelson crafts some of the best eyewear on the market. It opened its King’s Road store earlier this year. Rather cleverly, the company has decided to offer each of its designs for just £98, whether they’re fitted with single-vision or polarised sunglass lenses. The range of men and women’s styles is plentiful, but we’d choose the Joyce sunglasses in champagne, or the women’s Tolstoy in fiery hawksbill acetate.
Bailey Nelson, 122 King’s Road, London SW3 4TR; 020 3289 0265; baileynelson.co.uk
Adding a little youthful exuberance to the timeless class of Sloane Square, American outfitter J Crew has just taken up residence at No.16. Offering luxurious staples for men and women, the American brand is renowned for its preppy, Ivy League aesthetic – a style best illustrated by the brand’s president and creative director, Jenna Lyons, and illustrious fans such as Rachel Bilson and Michelle Obama. With winter approaching, Banda recommends the Wool Melton Boyfriend Coat in blue for women (£250), and Elbow Patch Sweater in Merino Wool for men (£98).
J Crew, 165 Regent Street, London W1B 4AD; 020 7292 1580; jcrew.com
A subsidiary of Ralph Lauren since 1999, Club Monaco has perfected its concept of ‘laid-back luxury’ over the years, and now has stores and faithful admirers across the globe. The new flagship store on Sloane Square will stock the full selection of women’s clothing and accessories, as well as the brand’s first range of shoes. The latest collection is inspired by Seventies New York chic, and one of our favourite pieces is the Clark cashmere wrap, an oversized shawl cut from cloth woven by Loro Piana, the Italian house renowned for making some of the world’s best cashmere (£370).
Club Monaco, 33 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AQ; 020 7953 9100; clubmonaco.com