Clapham Society Talk – Battersea Power Station Past and Present


Up in smokeUp In Smoke: The Failed Dreams Of Battersea Power Station

Author Peter Watts will talk about Battersea Power Station, the building’s illustrious past and it’s fall into ruin while explaining the reasons for the length of time it has taken to save it.

The story of how it went from unwanted baby-bleaching monster to much-loved riverside ruin, its opponents and champions is a fascinating one.

Peter will look into the new £8bn development and what it tells us about the future of London.

About the Speaker

Peter Watts is a journalist who has worked in the UK national media since 1993, starting at the Sunday Times as a 17-year-old sportswriter. From 2005, he was the lead feature writer at Time Out. He writes about London and music, and his work has appeared in The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Times, The Observer, Uncut, Prospect and New Statesman. He blogs at

His Book, Up in Smoke: The Failed Dreams of Battersea Power Station is available at

When and Where

Monday 27 March. Our meetings are held at Omnibus.

Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW

The bar at Omnibus is open from 7 pm, and meetings will commence at 8 pm.
Our guest will normally speak for about 45 minutes, followed by around 15 minutes for questions and discussion, and the bar will remain open after meetings.

Meetings are free and open to non-members, so please come along and bring a friend!