Battersea Power Station welcomed over 250,000 visitors during its opening weekend between October 14-16, as huge crowds went to see inside the iconic landmark for the very first time and explore the neighbourhood’s new pedestrianised high street, Electric Boulevard.
Nearly 40 years after the lights were switched off in one of London’s most defining landmarks and following an eight-year restoration project in which the building was transformed from a derelict shell to the shining centrepiece of a new town centre for London, visitors were able to enjoy the first of its shops, bars, restaurants and leisure venues.
British and international brands now open at Battersea Power Station include Adidas, Nike, Mulberry, Theory, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Aesop, Space NK, Hugo Boss, Jo Malone London, Uniqlo and Mango.
A new neighbourhood bookstore, Battersea Bookshop, from specialist bookseller Stanfords, reported sales of 1,383 books during the opening weekend and the Curated Makers pop-up, which hosts more than 40 local independent small businesses selling homeware, candles, clothing, artwork and more, experienced record-breaking sales on opening day.
Eateries reported similarly high results, as visitors flocked to eat and drink in the unique surroundings of the Power Station. Inception Group opened its new bar concept, Control Room B, and sold more than 7,000 cocktails between Friday and Sunday. Meanwhile, Paris Baguette served 1,221 pieces of cake, smoothies proved to be the top seller at Clean Kitchen, Where The Pancakes Are flipped more than 2,500 pancakes and Poke House served 3,500 poke bowls throughout the weekend. Further food and drinks brands are set to open soon, including a 24,000 sq. ft Arcade Food Hall from JKS Restaurants, which will open in 2023.