London area of SW8 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's SW8 neighbourhood

The SW8 postcode takes in the area of South Lambeth and Nine Elms, as well as parts of Vauxhall and Battersea. Largely a residential area, SW8 is centred on the New Covent Market, a large wholesale fruit, vegetables and flowers market. The name Lambeth means "landing place for lambs" in Old English and refers to a harbour on the Thames where lambs were either shipped from or to, back as late as the 11th century. There's a large Portuguese community in South Lambeth and many bars and restaurants with a strong connection to both Portugal and Madeira are located on the South Lambeth Road. The derelict Battersea Power Station, with its iconic four towers, is also found in SW8. Vauxhall is renowned for its gay nightlife scene, with the famous pub the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and nightclub Fire particularly popular.

See our recommended nearby SW8 Hotels, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

SW8 Hotels

in or near SW8
Dolphin House Serviced Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment
Dolphin Square, SW1V
Dolphin House is a wonderfully quiet spot.The tranquillity is all the more surprising given its close proximity to Victoria, making it convenient for Westminster and Tate ... More
Holiday Inn Express London-Victoria
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
106 - 110 Belgrave Rd, SW1V
Victoria is one of the great transport hubs of London, a bustling area that offers great connections to the rest of the capital and the South ... More
The Belgrave London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
80 - 86 Belgrave Road, SW1V
Spanning four Georgian townhouses in the heart of Pimlico, The Belgrave London combines traditional English heritage with sleek contemporary style to offer guests an urban hideaway ... More

SW8 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near SW8
Riverside Gardens
London > Attractions > Nine Elms Lane, SW8, London SW8
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Barbara Behan Contemporary Art
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
50 Moreton Street, SW8, London SW1V
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Moreton Contemporary Art
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
40 Moreton Street, SW8, London SW1V
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SW8 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's SW8
Peta Smyth
London > Shopping > House and Garden
42 Moreton Street, SW8, London SW1V
Antique Textiles... More
Pimlico Books
London > Shopping > Books
34 Moreton Street, SW8, London SW1V
Second-hand books.... More

SW8 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near SW8 London?
Goya Pimlico
London > Restaurants > Spanish restaurants
34 Lupus Street, Pimlico, SW8, London SW1V
Spanish cuisine. ... More
Pizza Express
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
46 Moreton Street, SW8, London SW1V
Pizza Express has become something of a London institution. Serving consistently excellent Italian pizzas quickly in pleasant unfussy surroundings, this is always a convenient and acceptable ... More
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
Dolphin Square, Chichester Street, SW8, London SW1V
Chef Patron Anton Edelmann’s Art Deco designed restaurant and bar.... More

SW8 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London SW8.
Nine Elms Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, SW8, London SW8
On Riverlight Quay near Battersea Power Station stands Young's pub Nine Elms Tavern, named after the neighbourhood created by the regeneration ... More
White Swan
London > Nightlife > Pubs
14 Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW8, London SW1V
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Morpeth Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
58 Millibank, SW8, London SW1P
Built in 1845, The Morpeth Arms is said to be haunted by a long dead prisoner who used to be locked up at the nearby Millbank ... More

SW8 Nightlife

SW8 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Lupus Street, SW8, London SW1V
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SW8 Leisure

SW8 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Westminster Boating Base
London > Leisure > Activities
136 Grosvenor Road, SW8, London SW1V
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Dolphin Square Sports Club
London > Leisure > Fitness
Dolphin Square, SW8, London SW1V
Fitness Club ... More
Zest! Heatlth and Fitness Spa
London > Leisure > Fitness
Dolphin Square Hotel, Dolphin Square, SW8, London SW1V
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SW8 Education

in or near SW8
Pimlico Academy
London > Education > Lupus Street, SW8, London SW1V
Pimlico Academy is a non-fee paying school in South West London. The facilities are often used for community activities and car boot sales on weekends, evenings ... More

SW8 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near SW8.
Westminster Boating Base
London > Business > Venue Hire
136 Grosvenor Road, SW8, London SW1V
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The Battersea Barge
London > Business > Venue Hire
Riverside Walk, Nine Elms Lane, SW8, London SW8
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