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.

Reviews in Lewisham

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Good building poorly managed

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Review Date Jun 2022

Walking distance to green spaces / parks as well as Thames Pathway.
There are cycle ways cutting through the neighborhood making it easy to get to central London and the City.

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The buildings have been constructed at a good standard. However, there were obvious flaws – such as weak magnetic locks that have allowed to break-ins every now an then.

The building management isn’t any good. Management charges are high and the services provided are subpar.

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The bicycle storage rooms aren’t safe. There have been many break-ins and thefts.

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Responses, when any, are not great – usually in a passive-aggressive tone.

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Great area and fantastic development

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Review Date Jun 2022

Love living in Deptford Foundry; the experience is great. The area is an underrated spot in zone 2 with great transport links to central and east London. So much development is happening, it feels like an exciting place to live.

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The design of the development is beautiful and it makes a huge difference to your quality of life. The interior common areas are like a hotel and the flats are well designed for efficiency. Its a clean and friendly development and a fun place to call home.

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I wish I had known more about the home buying process before starting the process.

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They are quick to respond and I’ve personally had very little issues with them.

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Very good value for money and very well managed property.

Review Date May 2022

Fairly close to local grocery stores and cafes. Good access to 2 train stations and overground. 5 minutes from bus stops although feels a bit unsafe coming home late at night.

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Clean and new development, good sound proofing and light. Warm in the winter without much need for heating however heater broke and was stuck over winter and bathroom has some low quality installations, for example toilet bowel low quality and flush prone to breaking/trickling. Building management is impeccable, very friendly and helpful whenever they are needed and quick to respond to any email.

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Good to know that management of the building is so available and helpful. Location makes it very easy to get around london via public transport. Parking around here is free but difficult to get a space.

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They respond quickly and arrange for plumbers/electricians to attend as soon as possible. Very friendly and easy to contact.

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5
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5
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Good modern development – functional and well located

Review Date May 2022

Great location – very close to Deptford High Street and train station and also walking distance to Greenwich. Off street parking available to purchase. Very occasional noise from other properties but to be expected living in a development.

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Modern buildings which are well designed and well equipped. Basic features e.g. washing machine but everything works well. Communal bike store downstairs. Lack of on site property / building management has led to some issues with theft e.g. parcels from communal areas.

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The flats are part of a development so expect some noise from others.

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I personally have not raised issues recently, but there has been some issues with theft in the development. Management appear to have tried to rectify this and have provided email updates and surveys, however this could have been better managed e.g. upgraded security

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