Battersea is opposite Chelsea. Walk from Albert to Victoria Bridge through Battersea Park. Transport skirts Chelsea because residents have always objected. Travel by bus or Underground to shop on King’s Road, Kensington High Street or Harrod’s department store. From Battersea cycle to Wimbledon, Kew or Greenwich. Dissecting London like this shows how London is away from the bright lights and tourist attractions. Wimbledon Common is nothing to write home about but Kew Gardens and Richmond Park are. Cycle on on the meandering Thames Path. Stay on the south side until Richmond then switch sides at will. Beware suburban South London can be dreary even for officionados of The Built Environment, so stick to the river. South of Battersea is Clapham Junction England’s biggest railway junction, strategically placed offset from crouded London where Waterloo bound trains from the South West intersect with southbound trains from Victoria. Clapham Common a triangle of common land nearby.
Randomly cycle accross South London say from Purley to Crystal Palace via Croydon and then follow the Green Chain to the ferry at Woolwich.