The renaissance of Vauxhall

Reconnecting with London’s latest cultural hotspot with its distinctive art scene, vibrant restaurants, sophisticated bars and unrivalled nightlife, Vauxhall is the epitome of the 24 hour economy, where you can enjoy life at your leisure. Read more.

From its origins as pastureland, orchards and market gardens, the development of New Spring Gardens, in 1661 made Vauxhall a centre of popular entertainment for over two hundred years. A place where modern painting and architecture were nurtured as well as the careers of musicians Thomas Arne (Rule Britannia) and George Frederic Handel, whose ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’ was first played here, to an audience of over 12,000. The Royal family were regular visitors, along with diarists John Evelyn and Samuel Pepys. Canaletto immortalised the scene, Casanova frequented the area and Keats was inspired to write his romantic Sonnet, ‘To a Young Lady seen for a few moments at Vauxhall.’ It was here that entrepreneur Jonathan Tyers pioneered the concept of mass entertainment at his Vauxhall pleasure gardens, creating new solutions for mass catering, outdoor lighting and advertising - and one of the most fascinating, complex and profitable businesses in eighteenth century Britain.

Thanks to its riverside location and proximity to Westminster, Vauxhall became steadily more industrial. A boatbuilding company based here later became Vauxhall Motors, while one of the several potteries here grew to become Royal Doulton. Now, thanks to a multi-year regeneration programme, which is creating a new underground station, a refurbished rail station and cycle super highway, Vauxhall is once again the gateway to the city. Restoration of the railway arches and the area’s historic neighbourhoods along with the development of new, high quality residential buildings has created a vibrant community atmosphere, while rejuvenation of Vauxhall’s beautiful and historic greenspaces - Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Pedlar’s Park and Vauxhall Park – is creating an appealing network of open spaces. With its vibrant restaurants, sophisticated bars, unrivalled nightlife and established fringe theatre movement, Vauxhall is the epitome of the 24-hour economy, brim-full of entertainment and leisure opportunities. It’s also home to a string of esteemed galleries including the Gasworks and the Amstel Art Gallery, as well as Damien Hirst’s acclaimed Newport Street Gallery. Beyond the arts, a new diplomatic quarter, anchored by the US and Netherlands Embassies, is bringing an international flavour to the area, and a plethora of new employment opportunities.

Residential interest in Vauxhall has grown exponentially as new opportunities have been created, including Keybridge, Mount Anvil and FABRICA by A2Dominion’s landmark scheme. At 37 storeys high, the development will be home to the UK’s tallest residential brick tower and, on completion from 2017, will comprise an exclusive collection of 260 studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses. Designed by world-renowned architects Allies & Morrison, Keybridge’s elegant brick façade puts traditional materials into a cutting-edge context, referencing Vauxhall’s industrial heritage and blending fluently with neighbouring mansion blocks. Residents will have access to a range of exclusive facilities including a state-of-the-art gym, spa, sauna and steam room and15-metre pool as well as Keybridge Club Lounge with hot desks, meeting areas and WIFI access. Beyond the indoors, an acre of landscaped open space occupies the heart of the development, incorporating sculptures by award-winning artist Tom Price, as well as leafy pathways and water features.

For more information on Keybridge, Mount Anvil and FABRICA by A2Dominion’s iconic new development in Vauxhall, which on completion will be the UK’s tallest residential brick tower, visit the development page now, or register your intrest online.