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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Well I would like to thanks Rebecca for her professionalism

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Review Date Oct 2022

I can’t complain personally. I had 4 Amazing years in this building. There were just few aspects about the flowing of the water. Issues with the water pump which they have been sorted. Now is all good.

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Well I would like to thanks Rebecca for her professionalism on how she handles the process of renewing my contract with Vida House. She was Very polite, humble and professional in following up all the emails.
I have asked her to contact me and she did that exactly on the fixed date. Thanks for your service Rebecca. Stefano

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Quiet frankly I have nothing in mind at the moment to share.

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

Most of the time was pretty on point. Sometimes was just difficult the communication.

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Good Morning Stefano,

Thank you for your kind words. We are really happy that you are enjoying your time within Vida House and are happy with our service. As always, if you need anything answering please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.

Kind Regards,

Rebecca

YOU PAY A LOT AND YOU GET NOTHING!!! CARELESS MANAGEMENT ABOUT TENANTS AND ESTATE!

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Review Date Oct 2022

no variety of bars
very close to the station
rough area though, always police and ambulance is around
no parking facilities
The private park is not private, people are passing by and leaving cigarette butts, rubbish, alcohol bottles and its not cleaned, especially during the weekend its unpleasant space to look at. Builders are drinking after work on the benches, random teenagers are getting high, also RM1 tenants in two apartments are walking around naked with the windows open.. every night and not being shy.. also I have witnessed people having intercourse at around 10.15 pm on Tuesday night.. no security patrol.. otherwise the park would be different. Bins in the park are always full with the rubbish around it.

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Building management clearly doesn’t care about complains. Parcels are getting stolen, the lift is not working properly, when you are calling it upstairs it goes downstairs first, the other lift is taking good 30 seconds before the door open. Needs reprogramming but no one pays attention to it. The is a fridge in the lobby but it is empty. Lift smells of dirty wet towels, the cleaners are not changing a water in the bucket. The bin store is in awful state 9 out of 10 times. The 15th floor terrace is in horrible state as well, the grass in a patio smells of dog’s urine, no plants, broken fence.. also not taken into consideration. Every day someone leaves dog’s poo without clearing it, if there is a security patrol – things like this would have been reported. Also management provided us with the security number that is out of order – no one checked it. Constant issue with the hot water. You can stay without it for days and get an apology for this. However the rent being charged is so luxury , but value for this is 0. Property management forgets we are still in Lewisham and do not provide the service they are charging for. The concierge is never at the desk, always hiding in the office. My parcel was not delivered once and concierge has reassured that he tippled checked everything and there is no parcel for me. Once he left I went straight away after him to check in the storage and the first parcel I found was mine. Also he gave me by mistake someone else’s parcel. The building is dirty, the management is careless and you pay for the heating directly to them when there is no hot water. When I moved in the check in report was so poor that I had to correct it. The apartment was not cleaned properly, had to get my own cleaners to clean dog’s hair and fluff and dust in vent. It took 6 months to fix the tap in the bathroom, since we moved in we complained there was no hot water in the bathroom tap

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issues with hot water, false advertisement of terrace and lobby, concierge is not present during working hours, no security patrols, lift is not working properly, poor cleaning standards

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

some issuer were resolved in few months, some never acknowledged with the response.
management is not sympathetic at all

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Very clean and safety building

Review Date Oct 2022

Very clean and safety building.

Staff very friendly and helpful, they so quick to help if flar have something repair.

Good place for collect to central, park very close!

9.5/10

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Very clean and safety building.

Very good view from living room

Kitchen good but sink too small

Bad room big enough and good

Garage enough space and very safety

Bedroom have sunshine and big enough

Smoke area very good

Heating old model but still work

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Placefull flat.
Neighbour very good.
Very safety for living

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

Very friendly and helpful!
If flat have any problems, they will fix immediately

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Good Morning Vincent,

Thank you for leaving us this lovely review. We are really happy that you are enjoying your time within Vida House and are happy with our service. As always, if you need anything answering please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.

Kind Regards,

Rebecca

Great place, but terrible attention to security

Review Date Oct 2022

Increasing insecurity feeling (tailgating), disappearing parcels, lack of cameras and real security.

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Great location, great flats, good neighbours. Terrible attention to security, afraid to come accross shady people downstairs is increasing. While getting better, Lewisham is a dodgy place, invest in a real security agency, not freeloaders. Please make sure this is covered

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That there would be no security, which is getting really annoying now

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In a timely manner, really appreciated. Great service

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