Refurbishment September 2023 – July 2025 

We are excited to announce that the iconic Central Park Hotel is under major transformation. Sometimes things need to get ugly before they get pretty !

Our guests are at the heart of all the decisions we make, and your comfort during this period has our priority.

We look forward to welcoming you during and post-refurbishment to share more enhanced experiences.

Battersea Park: Central London’s Most Underrated Park

When thinking of parks in Central London, you’ll likely think of Hyde Park and Regent Park to name a few. One of the parks that often escapes the attention of first-time visitors or even those making a repeat visit is Battersea Park.

After reading this guide, we would wager that this incredible outdoor space will top your list of things to do near your Central London hotel.

History and location of Battersea Park

Battersea Park was laid out during the Victoria era between 1854 and 1870. Since then, the park has undergone changes to bring it into modern times while not sacrificing its historic charm. 

Battersea Park is located on the south bank of the River Thames opposite Chelsea and adjacent to Battersea Power Station. 

Since the extension of the Northern Line, Battersea Park is a doddle to reach. It’s a 10-minute walk from Battersea Power Station Underground Station. Alternatively, the London Overground stops at ​​Battersea Park. 

For a scenic journey, take an iconic red double-decker bus over the river. 

Bus numbers 36 and 44 depart from London Paddington, right around the corner from some of the best Central London hotels. Traversing Park Lane and passing through Mayfair and Belgravia, the route is packed with landmark views for a wallet-friendly price. 

Things to do in Battersea Park

It’s easy to spend an entire day exploring the delights of Battersea Park.

  1. The London Peace Pagoda

Located directly on the riverbank, the London Peace Pagoda represents the life of Buddha and symbolises non-violence. It’s free to view the monument and the base of the pagoda is ideal for catching your breath and taking a moment to reflect. 

  1. Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Close to the riverside, Battersea Park Children’s Zoo was conceived with smaller travellers in mind. The complex houses smaller creatures such as otters, coati, capuchins, chinchillas, lemurs, and Shetland ponies. Family packages apply and grant access to the sand pit and playground. 

  1. Go Ape Battersea

Kids, teens, and adults of all ages will be thrilled by Go Ape Battersea. This challenging treetop adventure comprises zip lines and ropes that take you through the highest reaches of the park. A full safety briefing is provided beforehand and there are different courses of varying heights. 

  1. Old English Garden

Depicting the quintessential cottage plot in rural England, the Old English Garden contains a lily pond, wildflowers, and fountains. Blooms change according to the season with displays including the likes of roses, lavender, and snowdrops. Frequented by birds, squirrels, and bumblebees, the garden is a joy for photographers and nature enthusiasts.

  1. Boating Lake and Ladies Pond

Occupying the southeast corner of Battersea Park, the boating lake is a beautiful part of the park to stretch your legs. Rowing boats and pedalos are available to hire for the best views. 

  1. Picnic spots and cafes

As you can see, Battersea Park is abundant in sites and activities. Pack a picnic as you leave your Central London hotel or swing by one of the cafes for refreshments to ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible.

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