Borough of Lewisham

Lewisham lies just a few miles south-east of Central London. A borough given a little more than just a fresh coat of paint in recent years. In fact, this area has seen plenty in the way of renovation. Including, a transformation of the town centre and a brand-new riverside park. As such, it moved at lightning-speed into the ‘up-and-comer’ category a couple of years back. Then, in the blink of an eye, it became highly sought-after, courtesy of its affordable homes and fantastic transport links. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in Lewisham. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Lewisham.

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Best places to live in Borough of Lewisham

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

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Cutting-edge bars and eateries

It might come as a surprise, but Lewisham embodies the sort of hipster cool more readily associated with places like Shoreditch and Hackney. The vibrant high streets are full of independent cafés, brunch pop-ups, and pocket-sized restaurants serving the A to Z of cuisines. After dark, there are lively pubs with on-stage happenings every weekend, plus a good clutch of nightclubs. One of the area’s most popular night-time haunts is Model Market, a street food fiesta that kicks off around 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays and goes on until late. Lip-smacking, around-the-world flavours here include succulent Argentinian meats, fiery Jamaican jerk chicken and thin and crispy Neapolitan pizzas.

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Lewisham’s shopping scene

Lewisham’s daytime markets are just as good, and include Lewisham Farmers’ Market, Brockley Market, and Lewisham Open Market. Fresh flowers? Charcuterie? Pillow-soft donuts? All here. And if you’re more into high street brands, there’s a shopping mall in the middle of town packed with household names like M&S, Next and H&M.

Lewisham skyline at night

Lewisham residents

Lewisham’s residents are spirited and diverse. Artsy types are flocking to the Deptford district. Families favour the roomy period homes in the Ladywell area, where’s there’s also a good supply of picnic and playing space thanks to Ladywell and Hilly Fields. Young professionals, meanwhile, love Lewisham Gateway – a regenerated neighbourhood of contemporary apartments, right by Lewisham DLR Station (direct links to London Bridge, Canary Wharf and Bank). All great places to rent in Lewisham. There’s also a number of students in the area, living in converted Victorian and Edwardian flats. Thanks to Goldsmiths, University of London in New Cross, there’s real demand here for accommodation for pupils – something worth remembering for those looking to invest.

Verdicts from HomeViews reviewers…
“Area is a Mecca for families and young couples given it’s good value and zone 3 location. Good cafes and small local shops around, though a little more limited in number compared to other areas. Zone 3 location with regular services to London Central stations.”

“If you’re a foodie, don’t miss Model Market, a night-time street food extravaganza. It’s also really easy to reach the renowned Greenwich Park from Lewisham. Wander the flower and herb gardens, stop for tea and cake at the Pavilion Café, and soak up the scenery from one of London’s best viewpoints.”

“Artsy, fun-loving Deptford (is) a south-east pocket of London packed with restaurants, bars and galleries. It’s close to historical Greenwich and foodie-haven Bermondsey, and has great transport links for getting further afield.”

You can find out more about living in the area by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and also, to discover the best places to live and rent in Lewisham. Moreover, If there’s a property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

Reviews in Borough of Lewisham

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Too expensive for what it is

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Review Date Nov 2023

Lack of restaurants and coffees, good transportation but extremely noisy place. Supermarkets close by.

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A pet friendly building you have to pay £75 per pet. You are obligated to keep a terrible bike even if you don’t want it. A rent that increases with the market (not inflation) every 12 months. Good for the environment but the tenant pays for it. The flats are not bad, but they are extremely overpriced. The best here is the property managers, but they are behind a big corporation that instead of truly creating a community as they advertise, their profit goals makes people move in and out all the time.

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That I had to keep a bike I was not gonna use. They say you have to keep it in the storage room, but the bike takes the entire space, so if you do that you loose the storage you pay for. I never saw one person leave the building with these bikes.

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Quickly. Every issue is already being sorted before I realise it’s happening.

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Easy living by the station

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Review Date Nov 2023

Lewisham is great, so well connected to the city centre, and the development is right by the station

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I enjoy living in this development. Te flats are nice and spacious. Facilities could be best though. The management team are great and super responsive. The upkeep is very good, I just wished the windows were cleaned mote often as they look dirty….

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The light from the station at night can be quite inconvenient.

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Very good . Very quickly and effectively handled .

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Perfect location but too expensive

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Review Date Nov 2023

The location it’s very convenient, being right by the train station and DLR and just a few minutes from a big Tesco and the Lewisham shopping center. There has been a lot of building work around due to the huge development of Lewisham Gateway 2 project, but it’s due for completion soon.

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The development is kept in good condition, most of the time the common areas are tidy and clean. Any issues we have had in the past have been dealt with promptly and effectively. The external windows though, haven’t been cleaned for more than a year, and considering he how high is the rent, it is unacceptable.
Overall we are happy with the management of the development so far, but common facilities are non-existent, a part from the roof terrace.

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Nothing in particular, that I can think of at the moment.

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They have sorted any issues we had promptly and efficiently.

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Lovely place to live in Lewisham

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Review Date Oct 2023

Fizzy Lewisham is ideally located, with everything you need just minutes away.
Fancy a pizza and drinks? There’s a place downstairs. Need to go grocery shopping? You have Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda around (and that’s just to name big stores). Pharmacies? Check. Shopping center? Check.
In terms of transport links, the DLR, Southeastern line and buses are just downstairs.
The only downside would be the lack of parking space right around the building – but there are public car parks where you can rent spaces around.

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The building and flats look really lovely, and I like the general design of the whole place.
In terms of property management, there have been ups and downs over the past year, as the team changed quite a lot, but it seems we’re getting better now.
Maybe having a more user-friendly website or ideally an app for residents would be a good thing.

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There’s not much I didn’t know before moving in: the Fizzy Lewisham team was very transparent from the start.

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

They’ve come to help, but sometimes there’s been weeks of back-and-forth before anything was actually done.
However, if anything’s urgent, they’ll come and fix it right away.

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