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 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.

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Great location and flat

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Review Date Jan 2022

Great local pizza place downstairs and hopefully more opening up soon, Blackheath itself just a 10 minute walk with the village and all it’s amenities just a little further. Literally couldn’t get any closer to Lewisham station which has both quick trains into the city and DLR for links to Greenwich/Canary wharf and beyond. No noise once inside the building but can get busy down on the street. Large tesco just a few minutes walk away. Only downside is parking, no free parking in the area and 1 parking bay for the entire building you need to book ahead.

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Good flat layout and building design, lifts have a secure system to only allow residents up. Only downside has been lift reliability, used to be common to have one lift out of order but less so recently.

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As mentioned, parking is an issue in the area and the building does not provide any.

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Good to fix any issues as and when they appear. Previous emergency issues with hot water and out of order lifts during weekend hours took longer than expected.

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Realstar = Real dodgy

Review Date Jan 2022

New Cross is a nice enough area.
It’s lively due to all the Goldsmiths students.
The Deptford Green School children however run riot around the neighborhood and dump masses of litter everywhere.

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Culloden, Hampton, Blenheim tower and the other block are all managed by Realstar Living (7a Howick Place, London SW1P 1DZ), who just renamed themselves ‘Uncle’ and removed all the bad reviews from Googlemaps.

You have to buy the heating and hot water from them and they charged over £150 / month, even in summer. Even mains water cost us typically 3 time more than we’ve paid before or since. I don’t think Realstar pay tax in the UK so they make you pay the rent to their account in the tax haven Jersey. They try to con you over the deposit. They don’t do a handover with you when you leave and invent all these problems afterwards. We arranged to have it professionally cleaned before we left but they claimed it wasn’t clean enough. That’s because they paint all the properties after 1 year between tenants and they want to charge you for the cleaner that comes after the decorator. In the property industry Realstar have such a bad reputation that other companies avoid working with them.
I now live near Waterloo in zone 1 for a fraction of the cost. Much nicer place. No stressing about the bills or the landlord trying to rip me off.

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Never deal with Realstar Living / Uncle

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Excellent property management

Review Date Jan 2022

Very convenient commute
Shops, supermarkets, dentists, pet shops and vets in a short distance

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Everything is as it has to be.
Regarding property management, I would like to say, that both Helen and Emelie are superb!
They reply immediately to your emails and queries and they take the best care of you. It’s like family!

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How easy is your life with your pets in Fizzy

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They took over very quickly and effectively
Their quick response put your mind at ease

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We really enjoy living here

Review Date Dec 2021

Transport links are fabulous, very close to 3x useful stations and easy to get to London Bridge and beyond. Bins need to be collected more often, but I expect that is a symptom of lockdown. No traffic noise, some train noise but that is to be expected. Mixed recycling is a bonus but no food waste disposal is odd. Overall, we really enjoy living here.

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Transport links are fabulous, very close to 3x useful stations and easy to get to London Bridge and beyond. Bins need to be collected more often, but I expect that is a symptom of lockdown. No traffic noise, some train noise but that is to be expected. We really enjoy living here.

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You can see your neighbours and they can see you. Get some new PJs and some big plants or suffer the consequences!

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Yes and usually very speedily and efficiently, apart from one, which we have been waiting on almost a year.

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Manager Response

Hi There,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review.

We’re delighted to hear that you’re really enjoying living at Deptford Foundry. The transport links are fantastic aren’t they!

Regards,
Danielle

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