Lewisham

A Guide to Living in 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.

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.

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 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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Convenient, well appointed apartments

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Review Date Aug 2020

Lewisham is conveniently placed with lots of local amenities. Transport links via the DLR and train lines mean it is very accessible.

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As a whole the development works really well and has everything you need. Some aspects of the design quality aren’t to the best standard but still good. The facilities management team are very quick to respond to queries and issues and are approachable.

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How long the building works next door will run for

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

Yes, our dishwasher broke and was fixed within days.

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3
Design
4
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location, location, location

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Review Date Aug 2020

The location of the building is by far the best feature of this residential block. The transport links with direct trains to London Bridge, Charing Cross, Victoria and Cannon Street makes it easy to commute into central London and the DLR station is very convenient to access South/East London.

The development is also very close to a wide range of supermarkets (large Tescos, large Sainsburys, large Asda and small M&S) all within a 5-10 minute walking distance. Lewisham town centre, 5 min walk away has everything you need in terms of post office, bank, dry cleaners etc.

The development is right next to (literally on top of!) the DLR / National Rail station so the noise levels are high, but the sound proofing is generally good and you will get used to the noise such that it doesn’t really bother you. There can be a lot of siren noise as the Police station is 5 mins away and also Lewisham hospital is a close by. We haven’t had too much issues with noise and its a fair trade off compared with the convenience of leaving right next to a station.

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Generally the fixtures and fittings, including bathroom and kitchen appliances etc. are of a good standard (Bosch appliances and washing machine). Living in a 1 bedroom apartment, it is generally spacious compared with other similar blocks.

We were promised a concierge when we bought the property, but this frustratingly has not materialised (and arguably is false advertising!). As a result, packages being lost/stolen is fairly common given the shared entrance/lobby with Fizzy Lewisham and also with the area being visible by the public walking past.

Service charge is overly high given the lack of amenities – no concierge, no car parking, no gym. The communal rooftop area is rarely used.

There is literally no car/van drop-off point for deliveries or for moving in/out which is highly inconvenient and needs to be addressed.

Building has historically had a poor management company (currently Savills) which do not offer a good quality service.

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Lack of concierge (as was promised), lack of car/vehicle drop-off point for the development

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

Building management has generally been poor and lack value for money.

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4
Design
5
Location
4
Value
2
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Review Date Jul 2020

Great and close connection to central London, plenty of shops around

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I like the design and layout of our flat. It is spacious and has a modern feel to it. The building area is kept clean and it is well maintained. The management keeps in touch with the tenants regarding different events relating to the building or area.

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It sometimes get noisy around the house due to a close high street and clubs and pubs nearby.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

I would choose better sealing windows and normal ring bells at the door

4
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3
Design
5
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3
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4
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UNCLE New Cross – Living The Dream!

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Review Date Jul 2020

This development is perfectly located! You are only a short walk from both New Cross and New Cross Gate stations, with quick links to central London. It is located on a quite street with a brilliant vegan cafe serving the local community and a beautiful park is located right behind the building. There are so many lovely cafes, restaurants and pubs located on New Cross high street, parallel to this development as well as in Deptford, only a short walk away.

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The flats are beautifully designed with modern interiors and clean finishes. The kitchen and bathrooms are fitted with sleek, modern designs and are much larger than what you would typically expect in an SE postcode with such good travel connections! The building has many facilities that benefit residents, such as locked bike rooms, round-the-clock security, parking, communal rooftop space, weekly cleaning services for all communal spaces, parcel collection and much, much more. Property management live on site which is possibly the best part of living here – they are friendly, supportive and constantly going the extra mile to provide for their residents. If there’s ever an issue in any of the flats, they are honestly just an email away!

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I wish I knew how valuable the relationship we have built with the property management would be. At first, I thought the building was priced quite high but having live-in management who will do almost anything to ensure you are well looked after is priceless!!

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

This wouldn’t be feasible to fix, but it would be nice if the building had a few more high-spec amenities given the cost of rent, for example a gym on site, or shared social spaces.

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Design
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Location
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