Pokemon GO players can find rich pickings in Battersea, if you know where to look. Even though the streets are full of pidgys and ratatas and the riverside walk groans under the weight of magikarp, there are also some rarities to be snapped up.
Looking up Falcon Road towards Clapham Junction, which is NOT in Clapham but in Battersea.
Whoever put a Pokestop at the far end of Platform 10 has a lot of missed appointments to answer for.
Walking a dog from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is an ideal excuse to play Pokemon GO. However, Battersea’s other world-famous destination, Battersea Power Station, is currently under redevelopment. Don’t try.
Battersea High Street at dusk – I found a venomoth here.
The river has plenty of psyducks, goldeen and magikarp, but also the occasional golduck and starmie.
Since you need 400 magikarp candy to evolve into a gyarados, the riverside walk is a good place to come.
Looking for something rare? Try the path right in front of Battersea Peace Pagoda.
The day after I caught the onix, I found a magnemite in the exact same spot.
Going up into the Festival Gardens, you are sure to find pokemon all over the place.
Geodude on a scooter.
The paths around the Battersea Park boating lake have lots of oddish and bulbasaur.
…and also rarer pokemon, such as cloyster and parasect.
Plenty of non-pokemon wildlife around as well.
The morning after a JP Morgan fun-run in the park.
Battersea Park Library is crawling with pokemon. (Photo credit: Wandsworth Libraries)
My work as an author means I spend plenty of time in the reading room. Where I never ever play PGO.
Writer’s cat versus jinx.
Writer’s cat succumbs to ice punch. Game over.