Nine Elms Area Guide

Nine Elms is an up and coming area in London situated on the south bank of the River Thames on the site of the Grade II-listed Battersea Power Station. It has recently undergone a huge regeneration project and now offers many new homes, business and leisure facilities, as well as chic eateries, pop-up markets, leisure areas, parks and more.

The Location

Nine Elms is one of Central London’s most exciting new neighbourhoods, situated on the south bank of the River Thames in the Borough of Wandsworth. It lies just across the river and to the west of Chelsea, with the Palace of Westminster located just to the north. Nine Elms encompasses 195 hectares of land between Battersea and Vauxhall. Buying property in Nine Elms offers a unique investment opportunity in London’s most important regeneration project in decades.

There is an increasing number of trendy bars and restaurants in Nine Elms like The Wright Brothers and Cinnamon Kitchen. The US Embassy has recently moved its headquarters here and it boasts The New Covent Garden Market - one of London’s finest fruit and veg markets.

But, there is still so much more planned for this area, including a park that will stretch the entire length of Nine Elms, a contemporary shopping experience and modern office spaces, new transport links such as Underground stations and thousands of new homes. It will be transformed into an energetic hub for culture and leisure.

The History of Nine Elms 

Nine Elms was first named in 1645 from a row of elms trees that bordered the road. In 1838, when Nine Elms railway station opened, the area was described as "a low swampy district occasionally overflowed by the Thames”. The station later became redundant when the line was extended to Waterloo and the site was then used for railway wagon and cabin works, these buildings were later damaged in World War II and as a result, all closed. In 1853, Glassworks were built on the site, later Battersea Power Station was established here.

Since then, the area has undergone widespread regeneration and is being redefined as an upmarket residential area. Nine Elms developments include high-end modern apartments with waterside views.

Learn more about Nine Elms, including living in the area and new developments in our comprehensive London Borough guide.