Vauxhall london guide

Things to do in Vauxhall London

Vauxhall City Farm

Escape to the countryside without ever leaving Vauxhall with this petite city farm on Tyers Street. Home to sheep, pigs, rabbits and even a few alpacas, there are plenty of animals for children (and adults) to see, as well as a herb garden and a riding centre for those wishing to take horse riding lessons.

Address: 165 Tyers St, London SE11 5HSPhone: 020 7582 4204

New Covent Garden Flower Market

Take your pick of beautiful blooms at this historic flower market in Nine Elms, which is open six days a week and supplies wholesale flowers to venues all over London. Ideal for every occasion, from a small birthday bunch to decorating an event, it’s no wonder that 75% of London florists get their stock from here.

Address: New Covent Garden Market, London SW8Phone: : 020 7720 2211

Tate Britain

Undoubtedly one of London’s finest galleries, the Tate Britain is just across the bridge from Vauxhall, giving you no excuse not to visit frequently. As well as housing world-renowned artists such as William Blake, Sir John Everett Milais and Franciss Bacon within the walls of the former Millbank Prison, they also host regular art exhibitions and Tate Lates evenings for those wishing to visit after work.

Address: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, United Kingdom Phone: 020 7887 8888

Floatworks

Yoga and meditation have long been a favourite form of relaxation for people, but over the last few years, floating has become more and more recognised as a way to unwind and lead a healthier lifestyle. Floating involves, you guessed it, floating in a pod or room that is designed for short-term sensory deprivation. It’s been known to have several health and stress reduction benefits.   

Address: 17b (Unit 20d), St George Wharf, London SW8 2LEPhone:020 7357 0111

History of Vauxhall London

Vauxhall is probably most famous for having spawned the name of car manufacturer Vauxhall Motors, but its history goes far beyond this. The area was originally named after Falkes de Breauté, who was the head of King John’s mercenaries in the 1210s, and later developed into Foxhall, then Vauxhall. There are also some who believe it was named by a Russian dignitary who came to inspect the construction of the railway in the 1840s due to the Russian word вокзал which means central railways station.

Image credit: Paul Townsend

It was a flat, marshy manor for hundreds of years after it was acquired by Falkes de Breauté, and development here didn’t begin until the mid 18th century, when the marshes were drained. The area also provided market garden produce for London during this time, hence the presence of the New Covent Garden market which still exists today. People began to visit the area after Westminster Bridge opened, and the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens became a huge attraction which also contributed to the later development of Vauxhall as a gay village. The arrival of the railways lines into Vauxhall and Waterloo during the Victorian period meant the area became absorbed into the sprawl of London, and it’s now considered to be a relatively inner-city area.

Cost of living in Vauxhall London

Vauxhall has a large amount of social housing, and as a result many of the available properties here are ex-authority apartments in tall apartment buildings. Terraced cottages, a remnant from the days when housing was built in the area for Victorian rail workers, can also be found on some quieter, more gentrified streets. In recent years many new contemporary residential buildings have begun to arrive in the area, offering chic modern apartments, and plenty more are scheduled to open as Vauxhall develops.

Image credit: Jim Linwood

Compared to nearby areas, Vauxhall sits firmly in the middle in terms of pricing, with Stockwell and Kennington offering much lower rents, while Westminster and Pimlico are significantly higher. As of 2017, the average cost of a two bedroom apartment in Vauxhall is £2,080 per month, but properties can be found from £1350.

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Lassco House

Housed in the same building as Brunswick House restaurant, Lasso is the best place in London to find curiosities, salvage and architectural antiques. Stocking everything from historic floors and fixtures to old London prints and paintings, it’s an absolute treasure trove of historical pieces and one-off objects.

Address: Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Rd, London SW8 2LGPhone 020 7394 2100

Metropolis Motorcyles

In the market for something two-wheeled, but a with a bit more power than your average bicycle? Head to Metropolis Motorcyles under the arches in Vauxhall, where you’ll find an array of motorbikes from all the big brands including Ducati and Suzuki. They also sell used bikes and Vespas for those seeking something with added vintage style.

Address: 60-62 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TPPhone: 020 7793 9313

Delicias UK

Take a break from the supermarket and broaden your palate (and recipe repertoire) with this brilliant Portuguese and Brazilian deli instead. With a great selection of produce that includes charcuteries, cheeses, sauces, confectionary and much more, it will be a long time before you run out of new things to try.

Address: 280 Wandsworth Rd, London SW8 2JRPhone: 020 7622 9811

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Restaurants in Vauxhall London

The Canton Arms

Every resident needs their trusty neighbourhood gastropub for relaxed pints and a solid Sunday roast, and for many Vauxhall locals the Canton Arms surpasses all the competition. The dark wood interiors lend a cosy air on a cold day, but it’s the concise British menu that people really come for, which currently includes confit rabbit leg, Cornish plaice, and slow roasted beef. 

Address: 177 S Lambeth Rd, London SW8 1XPPhone: 020 7582 8710

Casa Madeira

Vauxhall has a strong Portuguese community, many of them originating from Madeira, so you can expect the finest authentic Portuguese cuisine at this lively family-run restaurant. Serving up homemade tapas such as alentejo pork, Madeira beef skewers and grilled sardines alongside pizza and pasta, it’s a great spot for a relaxed meal with friends. Don’t forget to try the delicious pastel de nata pastries for dessert too.

Address: 46A Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 7TLPhone: 020 7735 0592

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Brunswick House

Curiously located in an old salvage shop, Brunswick House has received rave reviews from notoriously picky food critics across the capital for it’s quirky decor and Jackson Boxer’s excellent seasonal, British food. Dishes such as Jerusalem Artichoke with pear, chanterelle mushrooms with smoked egg and caramelised cow curd fill the menu along with artfully-made cocktails, so it’s not hard to see why foodies who would never normally visit Vauxhall are crossing the river in droves.

Address: Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Rd, London SW8 2LGPhone 020 7394 2100

Dirty Burger

A true sign that Vauxhall’s fortune’s are on the up if there ever was one, the Soho House-owned Dirty Burger recently opened a restaurant under the arches in Vauxhall serving up their signature greasy, delicious hamburgers in an industrial setting. Voted one of the best burger spots in the capital, we recommend the cheeseburger with crinkle cut fries for a true Dirty Burger experience.

Address: Arch 54, 6 S Lambeth Rd, London SW8 1SSPhone: 020 7074 1444

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