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, 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
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Battersea Power Station
London > Attractions > Sights
188 Kirtling Street, SW8, London SW8
This riverside power station, the masterpiece of architect Giles Gilbert Scott, Grade II listed Battersea Power Station has taken on an iconic status in the capital. ... More
 
 
 
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Purple Dragon
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Grosvenor Waterside, 30 Gatliff Road, SW8, London SW1W
Purple Dragon is a dream playground, kindergarten, day nursery and private members' for kids. Relocated from its original location in Battersea, the exclusive club occupies ... More
 
 
 
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Tate Britain
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Millbank, SW8, London SW1P
Overlooking the River Thames, Tate Britain was originally founded through the philanthropy of the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate. The Tate legacy now encompasses three other ... More
 
 
 

SW8 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's SW8
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Lassco House & Garden
London > Shopping > House and Garden
Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, SW8, London SW8
Architectural salvage produces the most gloriously mismatched collection of pieces, all housed in this disused church. Stock changes constantly; look for anything from stuffed animals to ... More
 
 
 
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?
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Goya Pimlico
London > Restaurants > Spanish restaurants
34 Lupus Street, Pimlico, , SW8, London SW1V
Spanish cuisine. ... More
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Millbank, SW8, London SW1P
The Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain gets its name from the specially commissioned Rex Whistler mural, 'The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats', which provides ... More
 
 
 

SW8 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London SW8.
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
 
 
 
The Vauxhall Griffin
London > Nightlife > Pubs
8 Wyvil Road, Vauxhall, SW8, London SW8
The Vauxhall Griffin is as well known for its award winning ales as it is for events. There's a weekly quiz night, a cinema room and ... More
 
 
 

SW8 Nightlife

SW8 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Fire
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, SW8, London SW8
London's biggest and best gay venue, Fire hosts a cluster of different club nights including more and more straight-friendly one-off parties over the weekends. Newly redesigned ... More
 
 
 
Gallery
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Lupus Street, SW8, London SW1V
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ReZ's
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
1 Nine Elms Lane, SW8, London SW8
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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 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near SW8.
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The Boiler House: Battersea Power Station
London > Business > Venue Hire
Gate 2, 188 Kirtling Street, SW8, London SW8
The Boiler House benefits from being at the heart of one of London's best loved and iconic landmarks, Battersea Power Station. This temporary structure within the ... More
 
 
 
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Tate Britain
London > Business > Venue Hire
Millbank, SW8, London SW1P
Conference facilities can accomodate up to 1550 people.... More
 
 
 
Westminster Boating Base
London > Business > Venue Hire
136 Grosvenor Road, SW8, London SW1V
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