Rotherhithe

Once a collection of abandoned docks, Rotherhithe has blossomed into a thriving neighbourhood with more than just a riverside location to shout about. Although it is worth a special mention. Buy or rent in Rotherhithe and you’ll look across the water to London landmarks like The Shard, The Gherkin and Tower Bridge. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in Rotherhithe. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Rotherhithe.

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Very Good

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Best places to live in Rotherhithe

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Where is Rotherhithe?

South of the River Thames, encompassing Surrey Quays and Canada Water, and also close to café-mad Bermondsey. Rotherhithe sits sandwiched between two sprawling green spaces – Southwark Park and Stave Hill Ecological Park.

SE16 highlights

It’s hard to believe you’re just a hop from central London here. The area is patchworked with marinas and nature reserves, and the scenic Thames Path is a haven for walkers.

Down the cobbled backstreets, Victorian pubs stand unchanged, offering traditional ales and quality food. Rotherhithe’s most famous resident is The Mayflower. The oldest pub on the Thames, it brags river views and a roaring fire in winter. It’s usually bathed in candlelight and the pie of the day is famous, naturally served with gravy-soaked mash.

The Brunel Museum is a homage to engineering – in particular, the family behind great feats like the Thames Tunnel, the colossal SS Great Eastern ship, and the Great Western Railway. Head down to the underground chamber beneath the museum to catch regular concerts and theatrical performances with superb acoustics. And up to the rooftop to sip cocktails made with ingredients from the museum’s garden.

Rotherhithe transport links

If you like the idea of commuting on the river, you can catch the Thames Clipper water taxi from Hilton Docklands and Greenland Dock, or follow the waterfront cycle path.

Rotherhithe, Canada Water as well as, Surrey Quays all have Overground stations providing fast and direct connections to the likes of Whitechapel and Shoreditch.

Canada Water has a Zone 2 Underground station with links to Canary Wharf and Westminster via the Jubilee line.

Top rated developments in the area

Development in the Rotherhithe area began back in the Eighties, swiftly followed by a big bout in the Nineties. And, in recent years, the property bigwigs moved in again.

Galliard Homes and Berkeley Homes wanted a piece of the action, bringing us Marine Wharf East and Marine Wharf West. Both developments have enviable transport links close-by, and are surrounded by well-tended greenery. These are currently rated as some of the best places to live in Rotherhithe, according to HomeViewers reviewers.

“The apartment types vary across the different buildings within the development, we have been tenants in two separate buildings now, and both were very nice, modern and afforded us plenty of living space with wonderful views of Canary Wharf. The location is perfect for city commuters with a short walk to both Surrey Quays and Canada Water Stations.” – Ben, verified resident at Marine Wharf West

Additionally, Porter’s Edge, by Sellar, is another top rated development to buy or rent in Rotherhithe as it offers a range of onsite facilities, including shops, a cinema and a health and fitness centre.

“Overall, the development is amazing, not much to complain about. The concierge I believe is 24 hrs, they have a gym and there’s also access to the sport pitch which you can book. The rooms are a good size and quality is really good as well.” – Anonymous, verified resident at Porter’s Edge

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Additional developments to buy or rent in Rotherhithe

Greenland Place is a huge scheme from Barratt London, with studios, apartments and houses paired with a business centre and nursery, all spread across multiple buildings.

Another Barratt London development is Maple Quays offering, with several low buildings surrounding a central tower filled with luxury apartments.

“Amenities on doorstep. Good transport links, overground and underground. Shops, big Tesco, restaurants. Good walks with the river right there.” – Anonymous, verified resident at Greenland Place

I have a great communal garden, which my child can enjoy. The apartment feels very modern and spacious. My living room is my favourite room in the house and it has a lot of light. I have had no issues with the parking as we have underground parking.” – Bob, verified resident at Maple Quays

Similarly, London Square Canada Water is popular with Canary Wharf professionals – an immaculately designed property with manicured gardens.

“No high-rise building to block amazing views of the docks and the rest of London, fantastic that we are currently in zone 2 but it’s like we are in a quiet countryside environment.” – Eva, resident at London Square Canada Water

In addition, are you seeking a new home for your furry friend? Unusually for the area, pets are welcome at Quebec Quarter, an attractive, low-rise development by L&Q.

“Architecture of building is very good, the apartments are well structured and strategically laid out, and the neighbours are nice. There’s a shop at the entrance, very good concierge, efficient with deliveries.” – Jandon, verified resident at Quebec Quarter

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 Rotherhithe. 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 Rotherhithe

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Run away from here

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Review Date Apr 2021

The local area is very disappointing. Not many local pubs, restaurants or shop.
There is only 1 big supermarket and is always crowded.
The area is plenty of development and is very over-populated

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The development is newly built but apparently has a lot of problems. There is always some kind of maintenance work around all buildings in development.
Fire alarm is faulty and it made a lot of false alarm ( even during the night )

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

If I knew L&Q was so bad as landlord/management, I’d not move here

What is the best feature of your home:

House is new, so means I was the first one moving in.
Flat had a lot of space and storage

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Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback.
We’re sorry to hear your experience hasn’t been positive. We would like to know more and help to put things right.
Please contact us at lqdirect@lqgroup.org.uk (with Homeviews in the subject line) and a dedicated agent will do their best to help resolve any concerns.
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L&Q is the worst of the worst

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Review Date Apr 2021

Local area is not very good.
– Essential services are very poor
– Area is not very secure
– Public transport is a nightmare, Jubilee line is always overcrowded at every time

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Development is nice and new, but is very poorly built.
We’ve been the first ones moving in in our flat, and we find out a lot of issues in the flat.
Our balcony window didn’t close properly and it took more than 1 months to fix it, and in the meantime we couldn’t leave our flat.
Appliance didn’t work properly too

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That management was so bad and landlord so incompetent

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

Building management is L&Q as well, so issue are the same.
Just worst management

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Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback.
We’re sorry to hear your experience hasn’t been positive. We would like to know more and help to put things right.
Please contact us at lqdirect@lqgroup.org.uk (with Homeviews in the subject line) and a dedicated agent will do their best to help resolve any concerns.
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Average building with worst property management

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Review Date Apr 2021

Not a great choice of local shops and restaurants/bars.
Transport links are not adeguate for the amount of people living in the area. Jubilee line is always super packed and crowded, at any time

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The development looks fine and new…until you actually move in. Building and flats are poorly designed and builded. You can have several issues with anything in the building, like doors and windows.
The property is managed by L&Q directly and they are simply the worst! They don’t care at all of people living in their building!
Worst experience in my life dealing with them

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L&Q was so bad in dealing with tenants

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

No, they always try to delay and not dealing directly

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Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback.
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Please contact us at lqdirect@lqgroup.org.uk and a dedicated agent will do their best to help resolve any concerns.
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A review on Quebec Quarter in SE16

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Review Date Apr 2021

Ample green spaces nearby and close proximity to a tube station

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A high-quality development in a great location. We were impressed by the quality of construction (very good noise insulation, no ceiling vibrations) and appreciate that ceiling heights are noticeably higher than the UK regulatory minimum.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

The heating not being charged via a central billing process, but having to be done via a separate prepaid system is a mild inconvenience.

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

All the initial questions were responded. Essential repairs were carried out while lower priority repairs are scheduled for when Covid restrictions ease.

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Thank you so much for your positive review. We really appreciate you taking some time to share your experience with us.
We’re delighted to hear how happy you are in your home.
Much appreciated and thanks again!
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