SPARKING NEW LIFE INTO CONTROL ROOM B
Once a fully-operating hub of this heritage landmark in the 1950s, the new Control Room B bar has brought the history of Battersea Power Station to life. After many years of lying dormant, members of the public now have the opportunity to encounter an up-close experience of the fully restored Control Room B and its original control panels for the very first time – now an electrifying all-day experience with coffees, light bites and an eclectic cocktail menu.
LIGHTING UP LONDON IN THE 1950S
At its peak, Battersea Power Station produced a fifth of London’s electricity, supplying power to some of London’s most recognisable landmarks in the 1950s, including the likes of Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Built after the Second World War and opening out onto Turbine Hall B, the original features of the space are industrial and brutalist in design. Working in tandem with Control Room A until the 1970s, Control Room B managed the distribution of power generated by the Power Station’s turbines.
THE ORIGINAL CONTROL PANELS
Divided into two sets of controls, guests will now be able to sit amongst the historic equipment that once helped distribute power across London. These iconic dials have previously formed the backdrop of famous movie scenes and album covers, from the Beatles film Help to rock band Hawkwind’s album Quark.
The control desk and freestanding controls synchronised the 66kV output of the station to match the standards of the grid, while the switchgear racks at the rear of the room controlled the power supplies to a range of auxiliary equipment across the power station.
Battersea Power Station Circus Road E, Nine Elms, London SW8 5BN Closest tube: Battersea Power Station
Call 020 7590 3606
MONDAY 10.00AM – 12.00AM
TUESDAY 10.00AM – 12.00AM
WEDNESDAY 10.00AM – 12.00AM
THURSDAY 10.00AM – 12.00AM
FRIDAY 10.00AM – 2.00AM
SATURDAY 10.00AM – 2.00AM
SUNDAY 10.00AM – 10.00PM