Glass raised to new South Bank pub

Published: Thursday 29th October 15

Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia joined staff at the new Nine Elms Tavern this week to celebrate the opening of the South Bank's newest watering hole.

The new Young's pub is part of the St James’ Riverlight development, nextdoor to Battersea Power Station. 

The Nine Elms Tavern is now open for business on the Battersea riverside.

Alongside the newly opened pub, Riverlight is home to Studio RCA, a Royal College of Art public exhibition space, as well a pocket park and a brand new stretch of the Thames riverside. 

A restaurant will open on the site later this year as well as a crèche, a Sainsbury’s and a cafe.  

By the time the final phase of building work is complete Riverlight will provide more than 800 new homes, including shared ownership apartments for local first time buyers.   

Before St James began work the site was an industrial estate.

Patrick Dardis, Retail Director at Young’s pubs, and Sean Ellis, Chairman and Managing Director of St James joined Cllr Govindia to mark the pubs opening.  

Cllr Govindia said: “Riverlight was the first major regeneration project to get underway in Nine Elms and it's a great pleasure to come here now and enjoy a drink by the river. The pub is fantastic and will no doubt be the heart of this very impressive development.

“It’s also fantastic news that Young’s is among the first businesses to come and take a stake in the new Nine Elms. This company has been a big part of life in Wandsworth since the mid eighteen hundreds and they’re arrival here encapsulates the area’s revival.”

Sean Ellis said: “Were very proud of what we've achieved here at Riverlight. The Nine Elms Tavern is great new venue for the area and will help encourage Londoners to come and explore this new part of the South Bank.”  

Patrick Dardis said: “We're delighted to have opened our latest pub in Nine Elms. Wandsworth has been home to Young’s since 1831 and we're proud to be playing a part in establishing this new part of the borough.” 


The Nine Elms Tavern includes an 'upper deck' with views of the river, a large outdoor terrace as well as the main bar area. 

It offers the full selection of Young's beers, craft beers, fine wines and an extensive food menu.  

Cllr Govindia added: "Across this entire Nine Elms regeneration area we are on course to provide 20,000 homes, 20,000 construction roles and a further 25,000 permanent jobs once all of the new employment space in complete. That all adds up to billions in growth for London's economy and a wealth of new opportunities for Wandsworth residents."  

Wandsworth residents who want to find work or training in Nine Elms can contact the council’ Work Match employment team. Many roles are reserved for local people to ensure borough residents are first to benefit from the area’s growth.

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Notes to Editors:  

St James was established in 1996, originally as a joint venture with Thames Water. Over the past fifteen years, the company has established a reputation as a design – conscious developer which continues to regenerate sites and transform them into attractive developments whose design not only creates desirable places to live, but also has a positive impact on the environment.

St James is a proud member of The Berkeley Group. The Berkeley Group was voted Britain’s Most Admired Company across all industries in 2011 and has been ranked Britain’s most sustainable major housebuilder for the last eight years in a row by the Next Generation benchmark. In 2014, the company supported a total of 21,000 jobs, equating to 5.6 jobs for every home built. 

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