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Vauxhall (the place not the car manufacturer!)
Member Name: Leolover
Date: 20/11/01, updated on 27/11/01 (96 review reads)
Advantages: Quiet, close to centre of London
Disadvantages: No shops, Property prices
I’ve worked in Vauxhall for the past three years. It’s a funny little place, not quite central London but only two stops down on the tube from Oxford Circus. Very few people actually seem to live here, so at weekends it’s practically deserted. House prices in the area have, however, soared phenomenally over the past couple of years and a one bedroom purpose built flat in Vauxhall will now set you back about £200,000. I can only put this down to the central location and ongoing improvements in the area. There are, however, a few things worth mentioning about the place if you’re thinking of moving there or anywhere nearby, or if you’re about to start work in the area:
Pubs and clubs:
There are a few decent pubs in the area, ranging from the typically South London ‘Beehive’ to the trendy ‘Wyvils’ on Wyvil Road. There’s also a club called The Collosseum, but it has a bad reputation and I wouldn’t recommend it. Vauxhall isn’t really a place to have a big night out, but the local drinkeries are decent enough. And you’re only a short tube/cab ride away from the West End for flashier venues.
There are lots of little Italian cafes and delis in Vauxhall, they‘re regularly frequented by the business community who pop in to grab a cappucino and toasted ciabatta of a lunchtime. These are all closed at the weekend, as there just isn’t the demand for them. There are a couple of fairly nice restaurants – the Lavender in Vauxhall Park serves really nice food (two course and drinks will set you back about £30) and there’s an Italian restaurant on South Lambeth Road which is very nice indeed. The best restaurant of all is a tiny little Indian called 'Hot Stuff' which only has about four tables and is always packed at lunchtime. A starter, maincourse and rice/naan will set you back about a fiver and the food is real
ly tasty - me and my colleagues eat there at least twice a week.
Vauxhall is hopeless for shopping. There’s a Sainsbury’s and a car showroom and that’s about it. But with the West End five minutes down the road, it’s not too much of a setback – and at least you’ll save money at lunchtimes instead of frittering it away on non essential purchases!
There are a couple of nice parks in Vauxhall and two community gardens that I know of, where I go to eat my lunch in the summer. In one of the parks you’ll find Vauxhall farm which is well worth a visit as it survives on donations and public support – and it’s really nice, a pretty little farm in the centre of London!
Vauxhall is in zone 2 and is situated on the Victoria line, two stops from Victoria and four from Oxford Circus. It’s also very well served by buses – you can be in Clapham in ten minutes, Piccadilly Circus in fifteen, and Oxford Circus in twenty. The traffic is a nightmare in rush hour and I really wouldn’t recommend driving a car anywhere near Vauxhall, unless you like sitting in long smoky queues.
I don’t mind working here, but I wouldn’t personally want to live here, despite its proximity to the West End. It can be fairly dark and deserted of a night, and I wouldn’t feel safe walking around alone. I live fifteen minutes away by bus, in Camberwell, and not only are house prices a lot lower (about half the pice in fact) it’s a much more vibrant area and has a lot more character than faceless Vauxhall.