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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Review Date Apr 2021

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Luxurious, stylish, new and very exclusive, great overall,
Great amenities and helpful staff, very efficient
Couldn’t be any better
Design is superb overall
The cleaning is perfect
Location couldn’t be any better
Nice neighbours
Everything including shops, etc within close proximity

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

I didn’t know of the extent of the amenities available for residents and the quality of service

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Nothing, I am very happy with everything this place has to offer

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Great location, beautiful new homes

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Review Date Apr 2021

Great location in heart of Greenwich by the river – easy access to Greenwich park, local shops, bars

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Property management changed some time ago from First Port (which was terrible) to Residents Association so things became better but still high service charge. Can be noisy as people living here are quite young and some social housing too.

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

Wish I bought two bed with a river view

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

Very good and timely, all issues were resolved to good quality

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Fizzy se13 living

Review Date Mar 2021

There are a lot of shops and restaurants in this area including a shopping centre with lovely owners, friendly bin collectors and no traffic disruptions

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The building management is absolutely amazing nothing bad to say about it always there when you need them, there is always someone to talk to you and your problem is always solved. The design of the building is so beautiful that is what drew me closer to moving there in the first place .

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I wished i knew beautiful the view was and how lovely the area is before I came, I would’ve moved in sooner .

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

They are always on top of my problem within minutes, noting bad to say about it to be honest.

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Raglan house is the BEST! :)

Review Date Mar 2021

We absolutely love living here! Our apartment is really quiet, we the street is safe and everything is well connected!

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We live in Raglan house, we have been here just over 2 weeks. The building is so well kept and managed! Everyone is friendly and helpful 🙂 Super happy, just wish we could show it off to guests and visitors already! The flat we live in is so beautiful, so modern.

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

Wish we moved in sooner, how great and clean the building is kept!

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

The only thing I could possibly say I would change is the amount of storage in our kitchen.

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