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 Jan 2021

The area is great, we have a huge Tesco 4 minutes away, a big shopping centre nearby and the station next door that communicate with the centre within 20 minutes also we are in the “nicer” are in Lewisham as lewisham is known to be a bit rough however we are very happy.

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The building is incredibly well located, the rooftop is a big plus and the commune areas are always clean and tidy.

I love the fact that pets are allowed and cross path with doggos on the way in or out.

The building is looking very cool from the outside and love to tell people they’re the ones right next to the station

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The construction site noise and view are a bit too much sometimes

What is the best feature of your home:

The simple yet modern layout of the flat. And the fact we can use it as blank canvas

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Love Fizzy!

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jan 2021

Love the area! Everything is close by and during a pandemic we have still been able to enjoy our area. Going for walks to Greenwich for example

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The buildings are lovely, they look amazing from the outside and whenever I tell people I have moved near the station they always say the really cool brown buildings. So the design is great. Facilities are amazing, we love the roof top so much and everything is maintained and kept at a great standard of cleanliness.

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The construction site has been a pain but obviously no one could have predicted the effects on the tenants.

What is the best feature of your home:

The modern layout of the apartment has allowed us to really make it our home and it’s warm and quiet. Also the fact it is pet friendly in London is incredible.

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Modern & Close to Everything.

Review Date Jan 2021

I like this area because it is close to everything I need; particularly the station !

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Plush, modern, with very good soundproofing, and reasonable security.

This property is close to everything you need: shops; gyms; two train stations (Lewisham Mainline; & Lewisham DLR).

The development provides easy access to the centre of London, and the Wharf.

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

How loud the trains are.

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

More ornate lift decorations, and better directions for delivery drivers/couriers.

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Location
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Fusion apartments

Review Date Jan 2021

It is very close to new cross and Greenwich.

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The design of the development is great, it is contemporary and in keeping with its railway setting. The facilities on site such as the coffee shop are excellent and we are close to large food shops. The building is very well maintained and the concierge is brilliant.

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

We cannot think of anything we wish we had known beforehand.

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

More cycle storage on site would be an added bonus and built in microwaves would be good

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