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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Design, facilities and building management are great

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Review Date Jul 2022

The area in which I live in has gentrified enormously from what Woolwich used to be like. The area is beautifully designed and has all the facilities/shops ect that could be wanted in one area.

Parking availability is extremely limited and it is hard to be able to have guests as concierge limit the times in which guests can come and parking charges are extremely high in the area.

There has been numerous anti social behaviour but this has certainly been limited in the time that I have lived here.

The high price rates of utility costs. These have been extortionate and unreasonable and we are unable to contact our own suppliers to facilitate our own living ability costs.

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As all said above.

Design, facilities and building management are great. A special specific recommendation to the cleaning services who are incredible in the area.

The only problem is that buildings are continuing to be developed and cutting on the view in which was a large reason behind my choice of rental.

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High and increasing costs of utility bills. Also increasing rates of rent due to areas development

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

They have been quick to respond and get the problem sorted as and when necessary.

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A well designed, modern and friendly estate

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Review Date Jul 2022

I have lived in Kidbrooke Village for just over a year now and really like the local area. The transport links are great with a short bus ride from Ikea and North Greenwich and direct train links to Victoria and Charing Cross. My commute to Canary Wharf takes approx 25mins door to door. The parks surrounding the estate are perfect for weekend walks, The Depot pub is great with plenty of atmosphere and very good food and drinks. I also enjoy the food trucks in the square which make up a little for the general lack of cafes and restaurants in the area. One drawback for me personally is that the area is very family oriented and feels kind of suburban, I miss the inner city living with more going on as a young professional.

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I live in one of the Village Centre high rises around Pegler Square and this is a very well designed part of the estate. The apartment specs are great with good sized balconies, hardwood flooring and plenty of storage. The storage is actually the best I’ve ever seen in a one bedroom flat with 5 door built in wardrobes in the bedroom with a variety of shelving and hanging space, large cupboard in the bathroom and a large separate utility room. The apartment is warm in the winter (my apartment is east facing and it can get very hot in the summer) and the bills are generally low. The communal areas including corridors, lifts and residents private gardens are well kept, clean and tidy. The concierge service is excellent signing for packages, helping carry heavy things to the lift and even bringing the packages up to my apartment after I broke my ankle.

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Despite being in zone 3 it feels quite suburban and going shopping, going to the cinema or out always requires a bus or train trip. Although not an issue for me, there is still plenty of construction activity around the estate with more buildings going up.

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I haven’t raised any issues but the building management are very good are keeping residents updated on any issues (for example any works in the building, broken lifts etc).

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A great place to live

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Review Date Jul 2022

Clearly lots of commercial space in the square but not yet being used. The market and regular food stalls are great.

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The building itself is great, we have never had any problems. The location is great and for these reasons the property is very well valued. The gym facilities are exceptional and better than you could expect from a high end public gym. I would say that we often feel like a nuisance to concierge asking for simple things and collecting parcels.

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The quality of the gym facilities, it’s very unlikely you would see how good these are in a viewing.

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

We had problems with noisy neighbours and they sorted this out for us.

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New, beautifully designed development

Review Date Jun 2022

The train station location couldn’t be more convenient and there are trains available that can get you to london bridge in as little as 16 mins. There is also a convenient bus stop with two bus routes available. However, to take the underground you must take a 23 minute bus to the North Greenwich station.

The grounds are clean and well kept, the building has its own paid parking that is also available to the public. The prices are reasonable and there is hardly ever an issue to find a spot. Rubbish collection is also centralized for the building and collected on a regular schedule without much issue.

The village has a variety of food trucks that pass through on weekdays and with a wider variety on weekends but outside of this there aren’t many dining options unless you venture to Blackheath, Eltham or Lewisham.

We have a medium sized Sainsbury located directly in the village and an Aldi in short walking distance. Only downside is the Sainsbury is a popular gathering place for students from Thomas Thallis school and they tend to create a great deal of noise in the middle of the day.

The area is continuing to develop and improve each passing year so overall I am pleased to be a part of the community.

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The building interiors and public spaces are well designed and considered. They’ve created green spaces and parking areas that are for public/community use as well as some for the residents’ personal use.

All spaces are kept clean and any damage is repaired within good time.

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That aside from “The Depot” there wouldn’t be any restaurants moving into the Village’s commercial spaces.

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

Attentive and organized, for the most part they are speedy to resolve most issues but there are also rare instances where it has taken time.

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