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Vauxhall, a strip of London in the south bank of the Thames, is a cutting edge area which has encountered lots of investment and regeneration over the past few years. The area also includes Nine Elms to the east and parts of Battersea to the west. For a very long time Vauxhall has been dominated by London’s industrial hangover and dominated by New Covent Garden Market and Battersea Power Station.
Originally the birth town and famously known of Vauxhall Motors, Vauxhall now has the massive riverside residential development St George Wharf above Vauxhall Station and is also well-known for the not so hush-hush location of M16 Headquarters at Vauxhall Cross. The government has identified Vauxhall as an opportunity area, with planning framework predicting up to 16,000 new homes and 25,000 new jobs.Name: vauxhall_text_1 Content:
Shopping and culture
There is something to cater to every taste in Vauxhall when it comes to entertainment. Well known mainly for its night clubs and bars, you can also find quirkier locals such as the attractive sanctuary Vauxhall Grove featuring a vegetarian cafe overlooking communal gardens. On the other hand, Vauxhall’s Voho, London’s freshest destination for the thriving gay scene the Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been forever popular with Vauxhall residents. For everyday considerations there are many places to shop from the Tesco supermarket to the local Costcutter supermarket that open till late.
Lassco house - Housed in the same building as Brunswick House restaurant, Lasso is the best place in London to find curiosities, salvage and architectural antiques. Stocking everything from historic floors and fixtures to old London prints and paintings, it’s an absolute treasure trove of historical pieces and one-off objects.
Delicias UK - Take a break from the supermarket and broaden your palate (and recipe repertoire) with this brilliant Portuguese and Brazilian deli instead. With a great selection of produce that includes charcuteries, cheeses, sauces, confectionary and much more, it will be a long time before you run out of new things to try.
Food and Drink
The Canton Arms - Every resident needs their trusty neighbourhood gastropub for relaxed pints and a solid Sunday roast, and for many Vauxhall locals the Canton Arms surpasses all the competition. The dark wood interiors lend a cosy air on a cold day, but it’s the concise British menu that people really come for, which currently includes confit rabbit leg, Cornish plaice, and slow roasted beef.
Casa Madeira - Vauxhall has a strong Portuguese community, many of them originating from Madeira, so you can expect the finest authentic Portuguese cuisine at this lively family-run restaurant. Serving up homemade tapas such as alentejo pork, Madeira beef skewers and grilled sardines alongside pizza and pasta, it’s a great spot for a relaxed meal with friends. Don’t forget to try the delicious pastel de nata pastries for dessert too.
Brunswick House - Curiously located in an old salvage shop, Brunswick House has received rave reviews from notoriously picky food critics across the capital for it’s quirky decor and Jackson Boxer’s excellent seasonal, British food. Dishes such as Jerusalem Artichoke with pear, chanterelle mushrooms with smoked egg and caramelised cow curd fill the menu along with artfully-made cocktails, so it’s not hard to see why foodies who would never normally visit Vauxhall are crossing the river in droves.
Dirty Burger - A true sign that Vauxhall’s fortune’s are on the up if there ever was one, the Soho House-owned Dirty Burger recently opened a restaurant under the arches in Vauxhall serving up their signature greasy, delicious hamburgers in an industrial setting. Voted one of the best burger spots in the capital, we recommend the cheeseburger with crinkle cut fries for a true Dirty Burger experience.
Sports and Leisure
Floatworks - Yoga and meditation have long been a favourite form of relaxation for people, but over the last few years, floating has become more and more recognised as a way to unwind and lead a healthier lifestyle. Floating involves, you guessed it, floating in a pod or room that is designed for short-term sensory deprivation. It’s been known to have several health and stress reduction benefits.
Things to do with children
Kidzania - Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8) and Odler Children (9-12). Kidzania is designed for children to discover their potential with more than 60 real life role-play activities. At Kidzania, kids rule the roost. Let them live out their wildest dreams in over 75,000 sq.ft of child-sized cityscape. Do they want to become a firefighter, or the next big name in fashion? The beauty is they don’t have to choose! They’re given 50 KidZos - the local currency - to splurge on food and activities, or to bank their bucks at the Central Bank. By exploring ideas of adulthood, children build life skills and grow in confidence.
Jeppe Hein Appearing Rooms - Suitable for all ages. The work of Danish artist Jeppe Hein often combines sculpture with architecture and technology to playfully solicit direct participation and none more so than this series of rising water walls one can't help but dart through! Great fun for all ages during it's seasonal appearance.
Vauxhall City Farm - Caters to all ages and aimed at helping young people. Children are able to book birthday parties and hire the venue. They can also enjoy riding lessons for all ages and abilities.
1. Vauxhall Primary School
2. St Annes R C Primary School
3. Wyvil Primary School
4. Sacred Heart Catholic Secondary School
5. Notre Dame Roman Catholic Girls’ School
Vauxhall is located in the borough of Lambeth in South London. It sits on the borders of Zone 1 and 2, and is surrounded by Lambeth to the north, Kennington to the east, Stockwell to the south, and the Thames to the west. Aside from Waterloo and Clapham Junction, you’d be hard pressed to find an area in South London with better transport links than Vauxhall. Not only is the train station served by the National Rail and a tube station on the Victoria line, Vauxhall is also home to a huge bus station, so you’ll never have a problem getting home late at night. As for commuting times, the Victoria line from Vauxhall will get you to Oxford Circus in just 6 minutes, making its connection into the centre of London fairly unrivalled.Name: vauxhall_text_2 Content: