South London is largely underrated considering at times it’s a treasure chest of gems; Battersea Park is one of those big sparkly ones. An interesting mix of faultlessly pruned gardens, displaced architecture, shape, form and colour generate a delightfully influential weekend stroll. With views of the almighty Battersea Power Station and the river dividing you from the Chelsea Embankment.
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Battersea Park, Battersea, London, United Kingdom
Current city: London
Joe Joiner is a freelance design creative raised and based in East London. Since graduating from Chelsea College of Art & Design, he has built himself a multi-disciplined portfolio that contains a wide variety of clientele, media and approach; with work recently featuring on It’s Nice That and Bitique.
 

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