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February 16, 2015

England: London, Battersea Power Station


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The Battersea Power Station viewed from the Thames.

An iconic part of the Thames scene is the Battersea Power Station. This Art Deco-style structure dates from the 1930’s. It is the largest brick building in Europe. With its expansive cathedral-style design and 338 ft high smokestacks, Battersea Station commands the view from the Thames.

Decommissioned as an electricity plant in 1983, Battersea Station has become a London landmark. It is a Grade II listed building. For years the structure was left abandoned and decaying. Only recently the power station has found a new purpose as luxury apartments.

Battersea Power Station has made numerous cultural appearances including a shot in The Beatles’ 1965 movie “Help!” and on the cover of the Pink Floyd album Animals. We passed by the power plant as we headed down the Thames to London on Wanderlust. From the water, Battersea Power Station looks just like it does on the Pink Floyd album cover except for on thing—there’s no inflated pig flying between the smokestacks. Today, the Floyd’s pigs on the wing are left to the imagination.

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