A guide to living in Vauxhall
Once bizarrely considered part of Surrey but now firmly recognised as authentic South London, Vauxhall is an up and coming area which has experienced high levels of regeneration and investment over the last 20 years due to its prime riverside location.
The birthplace of Vauxhall Motors, the area is now equally as famous for being the not so secret location of MI6 Headquarters at Vauxhall Cross. There are also some examples of classic architecture in the local vicinity in the form of Brunswick House, a listed Georgian mansion, and St Peter’s Church, now a community centre.
“With housing to suit all budgets, and property considered comparatively cheaper than nearby Westminster it is clear why the young, busy and wealthy are flocking to Vauxhall.”
Vauxhall Park has the common but valuable facilities of tennis courts and a children’s playground. More interestingly, there is also a collection of miniature model houses surrounded by flowers which are very easy on the eye. On the subject of aesthetics, from Vauxhall Station there are some majestic views of the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.
Terraced houses on Fentiman Road and Heyford Avenue are well renowned as quality properties for first and second time buyers. Riverside regeneration has been in full swing in Vauxhall, the most notable product being St George Wharf, a luxury development of flats and apartments which has been home to esteemed company such as John Major and Chelsea Clinton.
With housing to suit all budgets, and property considered comparatively cheaper than nearby Westminster it is clear why the young, busy and wealthy are flocking to Vauxhall. The most common types of housing found in the area are flats and apartments, many of which are conversions.
Eating & Drinking
Casa Madeira is part café, part restaurant and part delicatessen, offering hearty home cooked Portuguese fare, this place is sure to satisfy your hunger. They also have a raucous live music night on a Saturday. Alternatively, part of Voho, Vauxhall’s thriving gay scene, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been in situ since the 1800’s and is eternally popular with Vauxhall residents.
A surprising sight in such an urban area, Vauxhall City Farm has an ecology garden, community allotments and a range of farmyard animals to get excited about. A great day out for kids, the farm is a previous winner of a number of local business awards.
Travelling to Vauxhall
Often referred to as a travel epicentre, Vauxhall has tube services on the Victoria Line and the Northern Line combined with National Rail links to Waterloo and access to many important bus routes. Additionally, Vauxhall Bridge acts as a quick link into the city via car or bicycle.