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Battersea have drawn up a list of their top mousers

With its neutral decor, wooden floors, red-topped tables and zinc bar, Soif is more like a small-town French bar than a pricey London eaterie

Soif, 27 Battersea Rise, London SW11

EM Forster once wrote an essay called "Battersea Rise". It was the name of the house where his great-aunt, Marianne Thornton, lived, a very grand place somewhere among the huge Edwardian mansions around Clapham Common. The Rise itself never had many pretensions, however. It's a strip of London's South Circular up which, in the 1960s, enormous car-transporter lorries used to run through the night and make the houses shake.

Planet Organic in profit and planning new stores

Planet Organic, the £20m turnover café and supermarket chain backed by the entrepreneurs behind Space NK and Fenn Wright Manson, has turned a profit this year and plans to open new stores across London.

'Miracle' in Battersea: Francesca Kay has turned from the enigmas of art to the mysteries of belief

In recent English literature, genre and custom tend to compress the roles and thoughts available to the people of inner-city South London. Thanks to a tradition that swings between satire and miserabilism, they may figure as victims or villains, emblems of class divisions and demographic shifts, or (you suspect, in the near-future) the sullen tinder of riot. For spiritual crises, dark nights of the soul and searing flashes of grace or grief, fiction often calls at a swankier address. But not always: Graham Greene in Clapham, or Muriel Spark in Peckham, have found ecstasies and epiphanies in the sort of postcode where Essex cabbies rarely choose to drive after dark.

Man killed by falling masonry



A 27-year-old pedestrian was killed after being struck by a piece of falling masonry in Battersea, south London, Scotland Yard said today.

Residents vent anger at Boris Johnson

London mayor Boris Johnson faced a barrage of criticism from angry residents as he toured the devastation in riot-hit Clapham with Home Secretary Theresa May.

Thousands of 'status symbol' dogs abandoned

The rise of the Staffordshire bull terrier as a status symbol has led to thousands of the dogs being abandoned.

The Battersea Park Road to Paradise, By Isabel Losada

Having given us Battersea Park Road's answer to happiness and men, Losada now jumps though some New Age hoops for her readers, who she chattily refers to as "you".

'Blue Peter' over Battersea: Skelton passes high-wire test

While perhaps more used to making models out of toilet roll and "sticky-back plastic", Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton had a far more daunting brief yesterday as she took a high-wire walk between the towers of London's Battersea Power Station fully 216ft above the ground.

Schools ban pupils from using gossip website

Several leading independent schools are trying to block a "pernicious" website which they say encourages pupils to bully each other by posting anonymous gossip.

Mayor approves Battersea plans

The redevelopment of Battersea Power Station moved a step closer yesterday after years of setbacks and frustration, as London Mayor Boris Johnson gave the plan his blessing.

The business on...Rob Tincknell, Director, Treasury Holdings

Never heard of it – something to do with the State-owned banks?

Nope. Treasury Holdings is the parent company of Real Estate Opportunities, which does what the name suggests. Mr Tincknell, its point-man, is a property developer of some repute.

Battersea Arts Centre preparing for Lynch mob

For David Lynch fans there is a life-drawing class this Saturday as part of the David Lynch season at London's Battersea Arts Centre – and as part of this month's The Big Draw celebrations.

Can Battersea power station spark to life?

After 27 years lying derelict, the famous London landmark could be on the brink of a comeback. Alistair Dawber reports

Minor British Institutions: Battersea Power Station

Only in Britain could a much-loved national monument be allowed to decay for more than two decades. And yet that has been the pitiful fate of Giles Gilbert Scott's 1935 masterpiece, Battersea Power Station. It is shameful, given that it is an integral part of the London skyline. Indeed, since the demise of the Crystal Palace in 1936, it is pretty much the symbol of south London.

Battersea puts down 2,815 dogs

A third of the dogs taken in by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home were put down last year, with the majority killed because they were too dangerous to re-home.

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