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.

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Great place to live.

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Nov 2022

Next to London eye. Situated on Southbank with lots of food options. Waterloo station less than 2min walk. Can access other side of river in under 10min via Westminster bridge, Golden Junilee bridges and Waterloo bridge. Good GP nearby. Good Vet (Godard) less than 10 min via bus.

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Building undergone refurbishments and it much nicer than it was last year. The court yard is fantastic in the summer, can work from home but in the sun. Gated underground parking which is such a help in central London. Intercom system that works with your mobile, so you can open the doors remotely. Concierge service, which can collect parcels on your behalf and deal with other enquiries. Leisure facilities include a heated pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and a gym which has just been refurbished.

No gas as apartment uses electric to heat the water which means you have to time the heat mechanism to meet your own needs. Some walls are plaster so you can sometimes hear noise but it’s not that bad.

Overall location and amenities are great. Happy to be living here now.

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Plaster walls. You may not be able to mount your TV in a position you would like depending on weight as the walls are plaster I’m some places. Have used TV stand instead which takes up space. First world problems ay.

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

Yes. Issues with pool addressed. Fob issues remedied.

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Great building overall

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Verified Resident
Review Date Nov 2022

Transport is very convenient and there is no traffic around is usually it’s pretty quiet. The area could use a better grocery store with a fuller range of products.

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There are excellent facilities in the building including gym, rooftop swimming pool, steam room, media rooms, etc., and everything is well-managed. The gym is not the best-equipped due to its size but still very sufficient for its convenience. The pool is especially an attraction.

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Deliveries are not allowed upstairs for safety reasons.

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

Issues are also promptly handled and the management is very helpful.

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Really Love The Riverside

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Review Date Nov 2022

Good – Well everything, location, facilities, team, people

Bad – can be pricy but for what you get its worth it

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I loved upper Riverside, B4 in particular holds some of the best memories I have. The place is reasonable and you have access to a lot. You truly are in the hub of everything. So much so Iam looking into buying a property here 🙂 The Rental Agent Antonia was incredible she is a rare jewel and a key part as to why I love the place so much.

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That the walls mark very easily, Im a clutz so wish I had been more careful

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

The issues I did have they answered promptly, and Antonia is the greatest A

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Great Community & River Views

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Review Date Nov 2022

The Good:
– Amazing views of the river, great walking path, really nice friendly community with a WhatsApp group for all residents, great staff/property management, brilliant concierge team who always try to help as best as they can, lots of events.

The Not So Good:
– Really small local Tesco which is always packed with tourists and people visiting the O2 – it’s not big enough to provide for residents, restaurants not the best and always busy, one train line which can see thousands of people stream in on concert nights, security and safety need to be increased for the area, noise can sometimes be loud from construction in multiple areas.

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The apartment design is better than most in the area, really nice kitchen and bathrooms. The facilities are good but sometimes the pool/steam room aren’t working. The cinema rooms are great. Building management are okay, but some issues still persist like lobby security. Property management has been good, timely responses and things being fixed in a reasonable time frame. Best thing about the development is the community and the concierge staff, who are always friendly and helpful.

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No AC which was a massive problem this past summer. A lot more construction than I imagined which is very loud and happens at night too. The Cable Cars make a lot of noise with tannoy announcements every day, sometimes 100s of times a day.

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

Building management have responded to any issues I’ve raised in a timely manner.

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