Battersea is an area of the London Borough of Wandsworth, England. It is an inner-city district of south London in fare zone 2, situated on the south side of the River Thames, 2.9 miles (4.8 km) south-west of Charing Cross. Battersea spans from Fairfield in the west to Queenstown in the east. Although in modern times it is known mostly for its wealth, Battersea remains characterised by economic inequality, with council estates being surrounded by more prosperous areas. In 2001, Battersea had a population of 75,651 people.