South East London

South East London stretches from SE1 down to SE20, encompassing the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark. Such a huge slice of the capital naturally has lots of different guises and offerings; from out-of-this-world dining scenes to riverside living and everything in between. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in South East London. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in South East London.

Areas like Lambeth and Elephant & Castle have seen much in the way of regeneration. Ultra-modern residential developments are now peppered along the Thames here, packed with apartments and penthouses that come with a bird’s-eye view of the city. Both districts are now firmly seated in the ‘up-and-coming’ category, with new bars and restaurants opening up practically weekly. For celebrated old-time icons, meanwhile, Lambeth plays host to famous attractions like the National Theatre, the Tate Modern, and the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; so this is a real cultural big-hitter.

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Best places to live in South East London

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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South East London’s gastronomy

SE1’s Borough is one of London’s most reputable foodie hotspots. You’ll find its lifeblood, Borough Market, next to London Bridge on Southwark Street. London’s biggest and best food market. It’s said to have been in operation since the 11th century, and its cornucopia of stalls feature everything from delicate French pastries to net-fresh seafood. Open Monday to Saturday, it attracts locals, tourists as well as top chefs looking for the finest produce.

Nearby Bermondsey also draws some big crowds for its gastronomic scene. Once a largely abandoned area full of run-down warehouses, today it’s a bohemian wonderland, with rainbow-coloured house fronts, quality bars and pubs and the street food extravaganza that is Maltby Street Market. Lots of the old warehouses have been converted into new-build apartments.

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Historical riverside neighbourhoods

Move east to the likes of Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays and you’ll find 17th-century pubs that tell tales of days gone by; hidden down Victorian streets among swish riverfront apartment buildings. This slither of South East London offers a number of peaceful nature areas and a watersports centre. Perfect for taking a breather away from the fast-paced city day-to-day. Canary Wharf and City workers, in particular, are drawn to the area, and can commute by riverbus for a more scenic route to work.

Greenwich

In nearby Greenwich the historical sites come thick and fast. Greenwich has a fascinating maritime history, and this leafy Thames-front stretch can feel a million miles from the city. It’s a World Heritage Site, home to the Royal Observatory, the National Maritime Museum and also, the world’s most famous ship – The Cutty Sark. Property in these parts includes range from pricey waterfront apartments to smart Victorian terraces.

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Edgy South East London

Neighbouring Lewisham offers an edgier lifestyle with a strong community spirit. It’s got a handful of decent markets, bars and brunch spots to rival Shoreditch and an electric after-dark offering. The Deptford neighbourhood (part of which spills into the London Borough of Greenwich) has a burgeoning art scene. As such, property developers are moving in to transform the area’s residential face with cutting-edge new apartments that appeal to the area’s multiplying creatives. Deptford High Street is packed with quirky independent stores and eateries serving Vietnamese fare. There’s also a beautiful Baroque church to explore.

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 South East London . 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 South East London

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Very busy but well connected

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Review Date Jul 2024

It is very close to Tube stations and has many bus connections, but it is very busy and noisy. There are lots of people going up and down the road outside so it is not very peaceful. There are lots of food options nearby.

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The development is well made and well maintained. The gym is fairly well equipped for a residential gym. The management are friendly and helpful – they are a real highlight of living in the building. There is also a community lounge and games room, but they are almost never used.

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I wish I’d known how stressful it was to live in the area.

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

They are very prompt to respond to issues and will fix them without complaint.

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Needs a lot of TLC to bring it back up to standard

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Review Date Jul 2024

Well located to access central London however increasing street noise (student flats opened nearby) and issues with bin collection are getting more frequent

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There has been a lack of preventive care of the building so it’s condition is slowly getting worse. Recent building managers have been much better at responding, but the issues are outside their control.
The design leads means soundproofing between flats is poor and you can hear conversations etc.
Multiple security issues (rough sleepers in hallway and outside stores, thefts of parcels etc)

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The poor soundproofing means fairly normal conversations travel through walls/ducts

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Rough sleepers took over the bike store despite months of warning from residents and police the security was not sufficient. Took months to resolve once a new building manager took over and tried to help.

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It was quite a seamless and beautiful moving in experience.

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Review Date Jul 2024

Moving in and living here is quite amazing with easy access to train, bus stations and different supermarkets which are a walking distance

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The property is well designed with inclusion of recreational amenities that are well equipped.This is an added advantage as you have different activities that also improve your mental wellbeing.The building is quite beautiful, accessible,well maintained and the staff are quite professional and friendly.

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The latest changes to the car entry route where I found some newly installed barriers but got additional assistance to enable entry.

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

Yes they have quite professionally. I highly commend Emma for her assistance from the moment of enquiry upto move in and Daniel at the concierge for his assistance during move in day and orientation into the building

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Manager Response

Dear Rose,

Thank you for taking the time to write the review and all your kind words.

The whole team at Bale & Anchor are absolutely delighted and very much grateful to you for the positive experience you attest to have received at Bale and Anchor. Including Emma and Daniel who were especially delighted by your most kind note directed to them.

Your review truly reflects the service standards and high-level experiences we all at Bale & Anchor work and strive to deliver everyday to ensure our community receive the greatest residential experiences in the market, and that those are delivered in professionally and differentiated manner.

It is our great pleasure to have you at Bale & Anchor and as member of our treasured residential community!

Thank you!

Good flats bad management

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Review Date Jun 2024

Very close to Greenwich Park which is a huge plus, great pubs near by. Good transport links to Canary wharf, bank and London bridge

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Overall the flat layouts are nice, however there’s been constant construction the last 6 years, and probably won’t stop in the foreseeable future. Generally property management is terrible, constant issues with main building door not locking, parcel room not working and it always seems like a fight when things has to be repaired.

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Construction here is hopeless, it’s never ending and very disruptive. Building management simply does not care about anything.

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

In general things gets fixed but it always takes forever

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