Icons of industry in Nostalgic London

1) Battersea Power Station

A great hulk of a building, Battersea’s enormous power station is an instantly recognisable London landmark. Built in the 1930s, it’s one of the biggest brick buildings on the planet, but it’s more famous for appearing on Pink Floyd’s Animals album cover, complete with a huge, floating, inflatable pink pig. It was decommissioned in the 1970s and then remained empty for decades, with talk of it being turned into countless things, from a theme park to a football stadium. It’s now being redeveloped into housing, with restaurants and bars spilling out onto the riverside, but the shape of the original construction, which is Grade II-listed, remains intact.

Battersea Power Station in London

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