Is it in Battersea? Or does it fall under Wandsworth? Perhaps it's part of Vauxhall? These are the questions people often ask of Nine Elms, one of London's newest hotspots.
The truth is that Nine Elms is an area of London in its own right, with significant regeneration firmly putting the neighbourhood on the map. Located on the south bank of the River Thames, the SW8 postcode offers modern living with excellent water views.
In our latest London guide, we're exploring Nine Elms and what it's like living in this part of the capital. So read on and find out everything there is to know about Nine Elms, including its history, rental prices and things to see and do.
Nine Elms on a map
History of Nine Elms
Formerly an industrial area, there wasn't much to do for the few residents that lived in Nine Elms. Yet, it's history dates back hundreds of years, with Nine Elms Lane being named after the row of elm trees on its original road.
It was often referred to as a "low, swampy district" and there was occasional overflow from the River Thames. Throughout most of the 19th century, the area was heavily industrialised, and it's only within the last couple of decades that it has become a residential neighbourhood.
Who lives there?
Nine Elms has a population of around 7,800 people and a median age of 33. Around 70% of residents rent their home in Nine Elms, which means the neighbourhood is mostly made up of renters. It's also the home of the American Embassy.
Renting in Nine Elms
The neighbourhood is dominated by shiny new builds that offer modern-day living. Chief among these is Embassy Gardens, an ambitious residential development famed for its Sky Pool, which is the world's first floating swimming pool.
Battersea Power Station has also been converted into a mixed-use development that features plush homes. There are a few of period homes in the area, but most people who move to Nine Elms do so for the new builds.
New homes come with premium prices, and you can expect to pay around £1,800 per month for a one-bedroom home. Two-bedroom apartments tend to fetch about £2,500 per month, and three-bedroom properties achieve in the region of £3,250 per month.
Nine Elms travel
Along with Queens Park Road, Battersea Park train and overground stations provide the nearest transport links in Nine Elms. Wandsworth Road overground and Vauxhall tube station are also within walking distance. New tube stations are currently being constructed at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station.
Nine Elms eateries
Megan's Battersea Power Station
Stop by at Megan's Battersea Power Station to enjoy your new local neighbourhood restaurant. The independently-owned spot offers brunch, lunch and dinner with a Mediterranean-influenced chef cooking up a storm.
A Toca Portuguese restaurant
With a wide choice of tasty dishes, A Toca Portuguese restaurant is the place to go for authentic cuisine from Portugal. From famous Portuguese tapas to house specials, the team of experienced chefs will make sure it feels like you're eating right in the heart of Lisbon.
Enjoy a range of Italian dishes at Fiume, such as mouth-watering pizza, gnocchi and seafood mixed grill. The restaurant sits right on the bank of the River Thames and offers scenic water views while you tuck into your dish.
Things to do in Nine Elms
If you're looking for somewhere to go for a peaceful stroll, take a walk to Battersea Park and enjoy 200 acres of green space. The Victorian park was built between 1854 and 1870 and features a riverside promenade.
Battersea Power Station
Once the eyesore and representation of Nine Elms' industrial past, today Battersea Power Station is somewhere for locals, tourists and residents to enjoy a unique blend of restaurants, shops, parks and cultural spaces all rolled into one place.
New Covent Garden Market
The largest wholesale fruit and veg market in the UK, New Covent Garden Market is a prominent feature in Nine Elms. The market is open to the public, which means you can buy fresh fruit, veg and flowers for your new Nine Elms home.
Moving to Nine Elms
As one of London's latest hotspots, it's easy to see why Nine Elms is in such high demand. With shiny new homes, waterside settings, local restaurants, bars and cafes and excellent travel links, living in Nine Elms offers the chance to embrace the London lifestyle while feeling part of a genuine community.