Beckham loves Battersea: Former England captain happy to be back in South West London


The father-of-four moved back to the capital last year.


By SWLondoner staff

Anyone planning on playing football in Battersea Park should watch out for a tough opponent, as David Beckham recently admitted he often visits to play five-a-side with his friends.

The father-of-four moved back to the capital last year after finishing his career with LA Galaxy, and now lives in Kensington.

“I love being back in London,” he told the Sunday Times magazine.

“I enjoy its big parks, especially ones like Battersea. I love walking through them after I’ve been playing five-a-side with some friends.”

Battersea Park covers 200 acres and was given a prestigious Green Flag award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy last year.

Describing it as ‘the jewel in the crown of London’s parks,’ it added that it “boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities”.

Attractions at the park include a boating lake, sports courts, an Olympic quality running track, bike hire, a children’s zoo, and lakeside restaurant as well as a peace pagoda – a unique London landmark complete with gold-coloured Buddhas overlooking the River Thames.

It is also one of London’s most popular and well used parks – welcoming more than three million visitors through its gates last year.

Photo courtesy of The Democratic Alliance, with thanks.

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