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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Nice views, modern and secure. Recommend.

Review Date Sep 2021

The tube, coffee shop, bar are right next to the building.

There are 2 parks so it is nicely located from that point of view as well.

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Overall, pretty satisfied after living here for 2+ months.

Nice security – floor access only with fob.

Gym has most of the essentials.

Beautiful garden on the 3rd floor for all residents to enjoy.

Property management sometimes take a while to answer, but reacts promptly on essential questions, like fire alarm fix.

The view from 7+ floor to the tower bridge is quite cool.

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The view to Tower Bridge from level 7 is great, but the best would be floors 8 and 9. It is a game changer.

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I needed to have the fire alarm fixed – it was done the next day.

I wrote another question regarding the water slightly leaking in the bathroom – seems to be ignored so far, but I didn’t chase.

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Looks can be Deceiving

Review Date Sep 2021

The area is very pleasant, well connected and easy to get into both central London and the Docklands. Greenwich is a beautiful area and Deptford has some great bars/shops, it isn’t as bad as people would have you believe, though I wouldn’t go there after dark.

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Facilities are top notch, the apartment itself is finished to a high standard and the location is ideal for travel into the city or to Canary Wharf. Concierge is fantastic and very helpful, gym and roof terrace are great too. Very noisy main road, you can clearly hear footsteps above and bass from music on other floors most evenings, WiFi is also very patchy and all options are metered. The cladding is also falling off, hence the permanent scaffolding around the base of the building, the electrical sockets also frequently spark and lights will flicker when electronics are plugged in.

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It’s unbelievably noisy, I’ve lived in central London in similar developments for 5+ years and this is hands down the noisiest one.

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Concierge has done the best they can though the management themselves hasn’t been involved with any of our issues whatsoever.

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Great experience

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Review Date Sep 2021

Not too much around in terms of cafes/restaurants but very close to a Zone 2 tube station so very convenient. No parking. No issues with bins or noise

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The building is very nice, there is a gym and a tennis court which are both free to use. Huge bike parking. Very nice courtyard for residents only. The apartment is of very good quality, we’ve had no issues. There is a concierge and a handyman on site at all times which is very convenient.

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I wish i knew that the building had apartments with terraces as this would have been great for us with a dog

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There is an onsite handyman who came round on the same day any time we had an issue

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Great location but super noisy

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Review Date Sep 2021

I love the location. The train/DLR station and different bus routes right at the doorstep. Grogery shopping is super easy because tesco, sainsburys and M&S are within walking distance. Super convenient to live here BUT the downside is the noise. Living right by the station means you hear the trains, and at times drunk people on Friday nights trying to catch the last train home.

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There is a small green space by the building but recently it had been changed to a not-dog-friendly zone….which is a bummer. I have two dogs and i need a green space for my doggos for their quick doggy break but, if they are going to continue to be strict then what’s the point of having that patch of green space..?? I heard that part of our rent is to pay for the maintenance of the area so, i am not really happy about that.

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I didnt know that if you rented furnished and lived for over certain periods of time, the furnitures become yours…if i have known that i would have rented furnished.

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Reported some issues right after moving in. Super minor issues but it took a while to get it fixed…

On a side note, the elevatir keeps breaking down…!

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Hi Monica, thanks for leaving your home this review.

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