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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Review Date Jun 2021

The location is perfect, for transport, shops, facilities, restaurants etc.
Is very easy to move around, the area is family friendly.

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The design of the buildings is very modern and simple at the same time, the layout of the complex is comfortable to move around, there is space for everyone and it doesn’t feel hectic. The building management is very well organized, they helped with any issue that we had so far.
The property management is doing a good job so far too, we try to work together and solve any problems that come up in our development so far.

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

I wish I new that there was a major water leak in my building having as a result to change our living room and corridor floor vinyl 3 times.

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

They tried to find a solution and deal with it as soon as possible.

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Community Feel!

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Review Date Jun 2021

I am thrilled with the location of my property. The access to local shops is amazing along with the vast transport links. T

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I am very happy with the development and even though it is still under construction I can already see the community that it is creating. The blocks are well spaced out with plenty of green areas. I am yet to need to rely on the building management or property management teams.

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

It would have been useful to fully understand the utility services.

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

I have not had many problems that require resolving as of yet. Where I have noted defects the after care team have responded promptly.

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Hi Matthew, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are so glad to hear that you’re happy in your new home and can see the community developing. I will pass on your feedback about the utility services. Again thank you.

Sinergy – a dream come true

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2021

I am quite happy with the local aerea, we are 30 seconds away from a big retail park where you have a big selection of shops from clothing to DIY and everything else you might need. In terms of entertainment restaurants are very close by, Greenwich is 20mins walk plus we have gyms, stadium and cinema nearby. Lots of small parks nearby and less than 10mins drive from Blackheath which I love. Parking is great, I have my own spot plus visitors space, bins have their dedicated storage rooms as well as bicycle storage. Traffic noise is not a problem and although we are quite close to the railway the insulation is so good you can’t heat any noise.
The bad side so far has been the pandemic, limiting your possibility to go out and explore, but that’s finally ending. It’s also a great location to get to if you’re driving a car – getting to Central London might take 45mins (the only down side).

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Dealing with Fairview has been a great experience since the beginning. I could not find any properties that could offer me better for my budget.
I found that, compared to other developments, Sinergy had the best layouts and distribution of space. The design of the interiors, kitchen and bathroom areas are really high quality standards (very very pleased with it).
Although I am aware of different complaints I have never had any issue with my flat. I think Fairview has also handled external issues very well and acted on it immediately trying to priorities the wellness and comfort of all the owners. Most recently I found Fairview quite supportive and patient in explaining processes and answering all my questions.
The property management has taken over recently and so far we received a good amount of communication around the maintenance of the building and best practices for security.

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

I think as a first time buyer I wish I knew that the whole process is quite stressful. I think overall I have learned a lot and I am quite happy with how everything has been handled.

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

Very recently I had to report a damage to my property and the response so far has been immediate and helpful. As a new home owner I feel I have enough support to understand the next steps and how to solve my issues.

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Hi Cristina, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It’s great to hear about your positive buying experience and how much you’re enjoying your new home. The way you have decorated your home is beautiful and we would love to feature you on our Instagram page! If this is something you’d be interested in please contact fairview@rooster.co.uk or directly DM our Fairview Instagram account @fairviewnewhomes as we love to team up with our buyers. Thank you again.

Synergy review

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Verified Resident
Review Date May 2021

Building area is well designed, parking is available, has some issues with bin collection that have been resolved

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Very good sales team, with quick contact and reply. Post sales team unfortunately didn’t reply to emails regarding some issues post sale. Area is nice with good access to shops and neighbours are respectful. Overall we are satisfied with the property.

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

The timeline for having the whole building finished.

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

Would have been nice to have cupboards in the bathroom.

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Management
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