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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Everything I need to live comfortably in London

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Review Date Mar 2024

I love the location! As a south Londoner, it keeps me close to family, friends, and central London with multiple travel options (train, DLR, bus – all of which can get you on the tube line in about 10 minutes) to get me to other areas of London. You have 4 supermarkets in walking distance (Tescos, Asda, M&S, and Sainsbury’s), and if you really miss Waitrose, it’s a quick DLR ride. Blackheath and Greenwich are again walking distance or a quick ride away where you can find great cafes, restaurants, and green spaces to walk around. I’d say the only issue is parking. Though there are options, they come at a cost and can be difficult for elderly relatives who struggle to walk. It would have been great if the building had guest parking.

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Honestly, I’ve been super lucky – as soon as I moved in, I’ve had a really good experience. The one bed is spacious, comes with a great furniture package, and is really everything I need to live comfortably. If there is ever an issue, I’ve always been provided excellent service by the management team (Emma, Esther, Daniel, and Luke, to name a few). Geniuenly, nice people who really care about the role they play in making these apartments our homes. I recently went to an event they hosted and had a lot of fun meeting others in my building and having a good laugh. I am looking forward to more in the Summer, along with the opening of the additional facilities – which I’m super excited about. I’d say my only two qualms, which are not make-it-or-break- are guest parking (which I’ve mentioned) and the yellow wall in the bedroom (the color was an interesting design choice, but if that’s it, then I think I’m pretty lucky – and technically, I can submit a request to paint it).

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I wish I had known to take on a longer lease. The letting agency was so horrible that it made a one-year commitment feel scary. If you’re looking at this building and having a weird experience with the letting agency, push through—I did, and I’m really happy with my decision.

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

Absolutely! Usually, within 24 hours (unless urgent), multiple folks from the property management have helped me to get things sorted.

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Dear Danielle,

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.

This 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!

We apologise for and are sorry for the sub-standard experience you have had with third-party agency. However, be assured that overall lettings end-to-end process is now fully delivered in-house by Bale & Anchor Team.

This will ensure a high-level integrated service experience delivered directly in-house.

We understand the comment regards on-site parking facilities, but we think it helpful from us to mention that surrounding parking facilities available (for instance Tesco’s about 2 minutes walk from Bale & Anchor), although at a cost, and are offered at considerable competitive prices.

Thank you.

With kind regards,

Great location and facilities

Review Date Mar 2024

– Great location and facilities
– There is one particularly unfriendly receptionist

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It would be great to introduce more machines in the gym
Common room areas would benefit from mire plug sockets
Greater organisation in receiving mail, maybe a bigger locker so that these can all be stored?
One night shift receptionist is very rude and hostile, not an asset to the wider team

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Everything is perfect and as I expected it to be!!

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

They have been quick and straight to the point, very helpful

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Promising but so far not great execution

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Review Date Mar 2024

I moved into Development Bale&anchor in February, enticed by its promising aesthetics and touted amenities. However, my experience has been mixed. While the property looks great and boasts impressive facilities on paper, the actual execution leaves much to be desired.

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Upon closer inspection, it’s evident that some of the finishes are subpar, with paints chipping and floors already showing signs of wear and tear. Despite promises of on-site maintenance, the reality falls short, with delays in repairs and a frustrating lack of responsiveness. The gym and other amenities, which were a major factor in my decision to choose this property, are still not operational, and the management’s refusal to adjust rent for the months without access is disappointing.

One significant inconvenience is the limited access to the building, with only one front door accessible, necessitating trips downstairs for guests and deliveries. Moreover, the inability to provide additional sets of keys is particularly vexing, especially for pet owners relying on sitters or walkers, as coordinating key handoffs with the concierge proves unreliable.

On a positive note, the staff members are courteous and accommodating, offering hope that some of these issues will eventually be resolved. However, it’s evident that the current rental price does not align with the quality of the property and its amenities. Overall, while Development Bale&anchor shows promise, there are significant improvements needed to justify its price tag and meet residents’ expectations.

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Issues and inconvenience mentioned above- maintenance, keys, lack of facilities still, lights, front door

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

They have been slow and need to follow up multiple times until you hear back

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Dear Ms Atanasova,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review.

Please be assured that the addressed points have been duly noted and that the whole team at Bale & Anchor will keep working diligently to deliver the high standard of services and differentiated residential experiences that our residential communities expect from us.

We apologise for any related information potentially not passed on to you by lapse during your tenancy onboarding process, but the Bale & Anchor estate is a brand new development, and that Bale House where the fantastic amenities you kindly mentioned are located, is due to launch in spring 2024, and hence why the said amenities are currently not accessible.

We can, however, assure you that Bale House will launch within a matter of weeks now and all our residents will have the opportunity to experience our excellent and vibrant amenities along with the overall high-level services that will be on offer.

We took note of your discontent relating to our keys’ issuance policy but please be certain that the key handling prescribed process in place is reliable and consistent, and that it is as such with our residents best interest at the core of such policy, namely, with regard to their homes security.

We would like to reiterate that we offer 24/7 onsite concierge service and our residents can leave their keys with our FOH team at residents discretion for safe keeping, and keys can be collected by other parties as and when specifically instructed by our residents, accordingly.

Your kind note regards our colleagues/staff members is also most appreciated and we thank you for this as it is most motivating for our team to continue working toward improving consistently towards offering the best service experiences to our residents.

We hope the above is helpful but please do reach out to me at Bale & Anchor Management office to discuss further should you find it necessary.

Thank you.

Exceptional Urban Living

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Verified Resident
Review Date Mar 2024

Living in Lewisham Fizzy has been a delight! The local area offers a diverse range of shops, restaurants, and bars, ensuring that there’s always something new to explore and enjoy. One of the highlights of living here is the convenience of having malls and supermarkets nearby. Whether I need to do a quick grocery run or indulge in some retail therapy, everything is just a short walk, train or bus ride away. Additionally, transport links are excellent, with multiple bus stops and train station situated right next to the building, make commuting an effortless and stress-free experience.

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Lewisham Fizzy offers an exceptional living experience. The modern design provide comfort and style. The building management team ensures smooth operations and prompt issue resolution. Property management is professional. Overall, it’s a standout choice for upscale urban living.

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The occasional sound of sirens from nearby hospital and police station caught me off guard initially, but I’ve come to see it as a sign of the tight security in the area.

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The building management team has been incredibly responsive and efficient in addressing any problems or issues I’ve raised. They promptly follow up on concerns and ensure that they are resolved to my satisfaction. Their professionalism and dedication to resolving issues have greatly contributed to my positive living experience in Lewisham Fizzy.

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