Putney is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Those who’ve never set foot here will probably know it as the starting point for the annual Cambridge and Oxford boat race. It’s home to a number of rowing clubs, along with a selection of groups dedicated to tennis, golf and cricket. This is a south-west London district with a friendly, competitive spirit and also a strong community feel. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in Putney. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Putney.
Where is Putney?
Putney lies to the west of Wandsworth, the east of Richmond, and the south of the River Thames; just across the water from affluent Fulham. Its riverside setting and wraparound greenery have cemented its status as one of the capital’s most postcard-worthy suburbs. As such, the capital’s well-heeled flock here from far and wide.
Eating and drinking
Putney majors in sophisticated gastropubs as well as cafés – the best of which have a front-row seat on the riverbank. Away from the water, most of the action can be found on fashionable Putney High Street and Upper Richmond Road. While some chains are present and correct, this is largely independent territory; think delis offering Spanish meats, quality wine stores and upmarket clothes boutiques.
Come nightfall, the area comes into its own. Its proximity to Roehampton University means there’s a sizeable student population that frequents the watering holes after-dark, and the pubs cater to the crowds with regular live music and quiz nights.
Green space is in good supply in these parts. Residents can take their pick from Putney Heath and Wandsworth Common. Serious hikers should lace up their walking boots and trek the nine-mile-long Beverley Brook trail, which weaves around Richmond Park and the River Thames.
Those seeking a new home with bucketloads of peace and quiet should look at Putney Rise. This Barratt Homes development is made up of 125 apartments and 30 townhouses, all smattered among tranquil courtyards, and accessed by a winding tree-shaded avenue.
“Overall, I’m incredibly satisfied with my purchase. I always grew up in SW London, and it was such a great opportunity to buy a new build just down the road in Putney as a first time buyer. The transport links are fantastic – just a 10-15min walk to the mainline station and district line. With the new works scheduled on Putney High Street by the council it’ll make going into Putney that much more attractive. A great young professional / family destination. Living in Putney Rise does feel like you’re in somewhat of a bubble at times which is great – a nice contrast to working in Central London – so it’s always nice to get home in the evening and enjoy your own space without any traffic congestion or other noise pollution overheard from nearby.” – Peter K, verified renter at Putney Rise
The area is six miles from Central London, connected by Putney Bridge and East Putney stations via the District line. Also by the rail station which offers South Western Railway services to Waterloo in less than 20 minutes; stopping off at well-connected Clapham Junction en route. Alternatively, hop on the riverbus from Putney Pier for a scenic commute to Blackfriars.