You'll know Vauxhall by its gigantic roundabout and under-threat giant steel bus station that occupies what was once the site of the Georgian Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. All that remains of that is a small park of the same name. Join the Thames Path below the looming MI6 to walk along the river to the South Bank; the other direction is a bit of a building site as the Battersea Power Station development, set to open in 2020, transforms the area. 

Damien Hirst opened gallery here in 2015, spear-heading a new mini arts scene. But Vauxhall is probably best known as one of London’s gay centres, and still proves a lively clubbing and after-party haunt, despite several bars and clubs closing in recent years. Thankfully, the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern saw off property developers and remains a LGBT beacon. After something calmer? Seek out the lush, secluded gardens of the bohemian

Vauxhall: After Work

Eating:

  • Pico Bar and Grill, this restaurant hidden under the arches by Vauxhall Station is one of the best value restaurants in the area. There are fancier places and places with more posh food options, but the quality of the produce here means things like Steak skewers or the T-Bone are excellent value.
  • The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain, the food is very well prepared and presented. Magnificent wine list, well balanced and constructed to match the foods.
  • The Black Dog, Just the place for good food, the fish & chips are delicious, and a few beers in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Situated on Vauxhall Walk, just a few minutes’ walk from Albert Embankment.

Drinking:

  • Royal Vauxhall Tavern or RVT dates from 1863 and remains true to its century-old tradition as a cabaret venue. On any given night, star names may be draped banner-big across its traditional pub frontage (Lily Savage got her start behind the bar), and the place may be absolutely jammed. The main attraction is Duckie, Amy Lamé’s wilfully eccentric Saturday club night.
  • Brunswick House provides much-needed interesting food and drink in Vauxhall. As the cafe doubles as an architectural salvage, every corner of the garden is home to curiosities for you to snoop through. The 18th-century house sits on the roundabout at Vauxhall but the high brick walls keep you pleasantly shielded from the bustle.

Vauxhall: Transport

 

Tube and Rail:

The Station remains an important local interchange on the London transport network.  Connecting the city via the Victoria Line.

Vauxhall mainline station is the key stop for the Kia Oval, serving Clapham Junction, Waterloo and the South.

Bus:

Located north the station offering services to various parts of London. The bus station, at ground level across the road from the rail station, is the second-busiest London bus station, after Victoria.

2, 36, 185, N2, N136 – serving the West End and Victoria area, N87, 87, 80, 360 – serve most of the West End and Mid-Town locations.

 

 

 

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