Deptford

A Guide to Living in Deptford

If you haven’t yet heard of Deptford, chances are you will very soon. Artists, students, first-time buyers and lifelong Londoners – they all gather in this exciting south-east London district, which has suddenly become as cool and sought-after as places like Peckham and Hackney.

Where is Deptford?

Deptford is on the south Bank of the River Thames, a little way between historical Greenwich and bohemian Bermondsey. It shares many parallels with its neighbours – including a rich maritime heritage and a cornucopia of age-old pubs and hipster-friendly eateries. But it’s got an identity all of its own all the same.

Deptford big-hitters

Deptford High Street is regarded as one of London’s liveliest. The start of it’s marked by a giant, lopsided anchor (Deptford was the first of the Royal Docks), and its quarter-mile stretch is home to a stunningly beautiful Baroque church and a great selection of Vietnamese restaurants, butchers and pie and mash shops. Its street market is old-school Eastend at its best – completely devoid of organic juices and sour dough – this is noisy, wonderful bric-a-brac territory, and it attracts big crowds on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Not far from the high street is Deptford Market Yard – a cluster of independent stores and restaurants, huddled beneath the railway arches of Deptford station. Little Nan’s is a much-loved cocktail bar where the tipples are served in teapots. And the area is often playing host to pop-up events like art exhibitions. Speaking of which, Deptford is a hotspot for creatives, thanks to its plentiful studios, galleries and the esteemed Albany Theatre.

Deptford was named after its creek, and its Creekside Discovery Centre is a great place to take little ones. The district is also home to a handful of parks, including Brookmill Park and Deptford Park – the latter sprawls over 17 acres and boasts a children’s playground and a picnic seating spot.

New developments in Deptford

Deptford’s surge in popularity has resulted in a multitude of new apartments and houses. First-time buyers, especially, are loving Anthology’s Deptford Foundry. This smart new-build teams stylish, contemporary apartments with a selection of artists’ studios – all built on the site of an old metal foundry.

The concierge is really helpful and will accommodate any requests you may have. Overall, there aren’t any aspects which I can think of which would have improved the buying experience. Thank you Anthology, for making my first property purchase a special one!” – Ben, verified resident at Deptford Foundry

Georgia and the rest of the team made the buying experience stress free and extremely positive. As a first time buyer, they were always helpful with any queries I had, and the communication throughout the process has been excellent. The development itself is really well done, and I am extremely happy with the apartment. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience or team to help me with buying my first home.” – Ryan F, verified resident at Deptford Foundry

Union Wharf is an upcoming new-build from Build to Rent pioneer, Essential Living. Its twin towers have nabbed a prime setting overlooking Deptford Creek, and will house one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Read reviews from Essential Living residents to get an idea of what to expect.

Transport for Deptford

Deptford has no Underground station to speak of, but its Zone 2 location means it’s still well-connected. From Deptford station, commuters can reach London Bridge in less than 10 minutes, Farringdon in under 20 and King’s Cross in 23. Deptford Bridge and Elverson Road are other alternatives, both of which offer direct services to Canary Wharf.

With its edgy credentials and handy London links, it’s no surprise Deptford is having a moment in the spotlight. And while the developers are moving in thick and fast, it shows no signs of losing the character and charm it’s known for.

You can find out more about living in Deptford by clicking on the Deptford properties below. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Submit a new Deptford listing and leave your review here

4.53
Average Location Score

Excellent

53%

Very Good

47%

Average

0%

Disappointing

0%

Very Poor

0%

Top Rated Developments in Deptford

Reviews in Deptford

Write a Review

Well maintained development but we have problems sometimes

Verified Resident

I like that the area is near the river , I dislike that sometimes it is noisy. Very well connected area otherwise I use the train it is about 6 minutes to get to the station and under ten to get to London Bridge.

Please review your development:

It is a well insulated development but when you open the windows or stay on the balcony it gets a bit noisy, there are neighbours throwing parties sometimes. It is well maintained but L&Q don’t inform us on any problems that happen. The alarm system was out of order, the doors get stuck sometimes, the lifts get broken, the hot water goes and they don’t inform us about that, we were running out of water for 3 days, which surprised me as this is a new built and I didn’t think it would happen here.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I would like L&Q to be more transparent and communicative with the residents

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Eventually they respond to my enquiries , they have emergency line which we all use but it is quite slow.

4
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
3
Value
3
Management
Read all Read less
This review is the subjective opinion of a HomeViews member and not of HomeViews

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

The building is pretty but could be better quality

A lot of the materials used to build the house arent a rated standard and so the building may not last long but it is nice.

Please review your development:

I have a good sized apartment but the area could have more around and could have more shops closer to the development. There is not much community as you dont see many people around. Even though we have parking, there could be more. my favourite feature is the lounge, which has floor to ceiling windows, is open plan and well lit with lots of natural light. Good connections though because of the rail and dlr links.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

There is the opportunity to rent furniture but you have to continue to rent it if you continue to live there.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

many issues with door that they didnt fix in time. Has many new build issues, eg the lifts are often broken

2
Facilities
4
Design
2
Location
4
Value
3
Management
Read all Read less
This review is the subjective opinion of a HomeViews member and not of HomeViews

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

I generally like it and have signed for second year!

Verified Resident

The area is deceptively well connected and theres little i dislike

Please review your development:

Secluded not noisy apart from train, very well connected, lots of buses, good access time to central and canary wharf. firstly single letters so postbox sized packages dont fit through, not too family friendly, no parks nearby, not big communal feel, favourite feature is how open it is and spacious, retains heat well, well lit, balcony out of bedroom.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Parcel collection is very hard as the postboxes are not big enough for small parcels

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

they are quite quick and responsive with text updates within the same day. the lifts and hot water often break down but it is fixed within a day but it is a monthly issue

2
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
3
Value
2
Management
Read all Read less
This review is the subjective opinion of a HomeViews member and not of HomeViews

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

A nice place to live

Verified Resident

The area is clean and quiet with nice places to take walks. Greenwich is nearby which can be useful although it’s usually full of tourists which can be quite annoying. If you like going out to eat, nearby Deptford High Street has lots of nice restaurants

Please review your development:

The location is great. The views of the water are nice especially since we are so high up. It’s well connected to travel routes with Surrey Quays, Canada Water and Deptford Stations nearby.
The concierge and development management services have been great. I feel safe and supported living here.
We are the second set of tenants to live in the flat and the condition and appliances were well kept.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nothing has taken me by surprise. My expectations were met.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I’ve made a few complaints in the past about antisocial behaviour which have been resolved quickly.

4
Facilities
4
Design
4
Location
3
Value
4
Management
Read all Read less
This review is the subjective opinion of a HomeViews member and not of HomeViews

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report