On my summer visit to Battersea it was sunny and warm, even hot some days which I’m told is more common weather for August. Locals were out and about enjoying the sunshine, jogging, on a family walk pushing a stroller or taking the dog for a walk.
My travel pals and I were staying in a light and airy apartment on Cambridge Road which isn’t too far from London. After arriving and dropping off our bags, we took a walk through leafy Battersea Park and wandered around town to check out some of the local public houses – or as we say in Australia, pubs.
Our first stop was The Prince Albert. The outside of the pub looked quite formal while inside was eclectic with summery pastel bunting Around the bar, wooden dining tables and mismatched couches paired with old trunks and suitcases for tables.
We looked at the menu and, not wanting to miss out on visiting other pubs, we ordered drinks and snacked on a dip with flat bread and the fattest chips I’ve ever seen!
After a few laughs it was time to move on and find another local pub for lunch. After a lovely afternoon stroll we ended up at The Draft House in Westbridge where we were met by friendly bar staff and an impressive menu.
This joint had awesome retro wallpaper on the stairwell featuring the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon – hello 80s flashback! While my pals dined on a burger and fish and chips, I had the spicy veg nachos with guacamole, sour cream and jalapeños on the side.
At the end of our visit to Battersea we went to the Duke of Cambridge for dinner. I love the tradition of a Sunday roast in England’s pubs and the great news is that vegetarians don’t miss out either.
The homemade veg roast with potatoes, carrots, green beans, tomato gravy and a Yorkshire pudding was so good that I didn’t leave a scrap left on the plate. Why oh why don’t we have these Down Under?
I really enjoyed my time in Battersea, it’s such a pretty part of London. If I’d had more time I would have loved to visit Battersea Animal Shelter to support the fantastic work they do to help local animals.
Next up: I head to the north of England to enjoy the history of York.
Friends, have you been to London? What’s your favourite part of the city?
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