Attraction review: Lift 109 at Battersea Power Station

Before Christmas, I took a trip to explore London’s newest sky-high adventure, Lift 109 at Battersea Power Station, and let me tell you, it’s a game-changer for a 360-degree city view. Move over Shard and London Eye – here’s why Lift 109 takes the crown!

Imagine this: a glass elevator soaring inside one of Battersea Power Station’s famous chimneys, lifting you a whopping 109 meters (almost 358 feet) above ground. As you approach Battersea Power Station, those towering chimneys set the scene for an exhilarating journey. Now, finding the Lift 109 entrance amidst the colossal structure might sound like a puzzle, but fear not – the information desk on the first floor has got you covered.

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Ascend from the upper ground using the escalator or elevator, and voila, you’ll find yourself at the Lift 109 gift shop. Keep an eye out for the sign directing you to the entrance across the hall, where a security scanning machine awaits. I arrived a bit early, faced a brief wait, underwent a swift security check, and soon found myself in the Gallery.

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The Gallery, a space dedicated to Battersea Power Station’s history, dives into the past with informative display boards and a modern touch of an interactive lighting installation.

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The Infinity Room, a dark space with interactive walls, transforms London’s images into abstract artwork. While the concept aimed to narrate energy production, the absence of narration left the visual spectacle open to interpretation. Divided into two groups, visitors head to regular-sized elevators, reaching the 12th floor. Exiting, a sky window teases a glimpse up the chimney, prompting a climb up 39 spiral steps before boarding the circular Lift 109 elevator.

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Picture this: a circular glass elevator revealing London’s panorama during the ascent, granting a 360-degree view upon reaching the top. Visitors can explore, aided by informational notes around the edge highlighting landmarks. Photography may pose challenges due to reflexions, but trust me, the experience itself surpasses expectations.

Descending, the circular lift returns, concluding with a descent down spiral stairs. Reaching the bottom, visitors exit near the gift shop, offering mementos of the unique experience. The entirety of Lift 109, lasting approximately 45 minutes, proves an indoor adventure.

Lift 109, distinct from traditional observation decks, captivates with its novel ascent through a Battersea Power Station chimney. Timed-entry tickets, especially when booked Monday through Thursday, offer an affordable yet unparalleled view of London. The visit combines history, entertainment, and panoramic vistas, making Lift 109 an exceptional experience.

lift 109 panoramic view of london

Visiting Lift 109 during off-peak hours, with planned ticket purchases, optimises cost-effectiveness. While it may not be covered by existing attraction passes, its uniqueness justifies the expense.

Battersea Power Station’s rich history adds depth to the Lift 109 encounter. The iconic structure, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, boasts intriguing facts, such as its WWII role in guiding RAF pilots.

Practical information, including opening hours and ticket prices, can be found on the Lift 109 website.

Accessibility details ensure a seamless experience for visitors of varied needs.

Lift 109 emerges as a must-try attraction, providing an extraordinary journey through history and offering breathtaking views of London’s skyline. Whether appreciating the colossal Battersea Power Station or ascending the chimney, the experience proves worth the visit.

 

Interesting Facts About Battersea Power Station

You know the Battersea Power Station is something special when you see it. Let me share some facts that helped make it iconic.

Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect behind the building, also originated the red phone boxes.

During World War II, RAF pilots used the chimney steam for navigation. It helped them find their way home when it was misty.

The power station was Europe’s largest, generating a whopping 500 megawatts of electricity.

The main Boiler House was so colossal; it could fit St. Paul’s Cathedral inside.

In 1964, an electrical failure at Battersea Power Station caused the BBC to delay launching BBC Two by a day.

In 1977, an inflatable pig tied to one of the chimneys flew into the Heathrow flight path and landed off the coast of Kent for Pink Floyd’s album, Animals.

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Popular movies like Superman III, The Dark Knight, and the King’s Speech used Battersea Power Station as a set.

You can spot original pieces of Battersea Power Station, like part of the chimney and switchgear, in the park area by the river.

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