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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Top Rated Developments in South East London

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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.

South east London park

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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The managment company has ruined this otherwise great building. Steer clear!

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Review Date Oct 2020

While Greenwich is a lovely place with fantastic heritage, this building is really in Deptford which is very run-down and full of shady characters. The nearby campus, full of students surely doesn’t mind, but quite often people spill over from Deptford.

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– Beautiful views as long as you’re north facing and above the 6th floor.
– Front of house is super friendly and nice.
– External facade falling apart
– Super noisy all the time – steps from upper neighbours clearly audible, traffic from the road (especially buses opassing over bridge) is loud
– If someone is listening to music on a sound system the base reverbarates across several floors

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– Super noisy all the time – steps from upper neighbours clearly audible, traffic from the road (especially buses opassing over bridge) is loud

What is the best feature of your home:

The best feature must be the internal design and the views (as long as you’re facing north)!

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Nice flat, awful sales team.

Review Date Oct 2020

The area is great, plenty of shops and good transport links. There’s been a few recent reports by the neighbours of a car and a flat being broken into, but I’ve not had any issues myself.

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My flat is fine, it’s exactly as you’d expect a new build to be which is good as there’s not major surprises. The neighbours are all lovely and there’s a good community feel. A few minor issues with my flat which I am hoping will be resolved quickly, but otherwise no complaints.

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How much ventilation was needed in the flat in order to prevent damp damage in the bathroom, the kitchen, and the washroom. The cooker hood is really noisy, and really you have to have it on really the whole time you’re cooking anything on the hob.
I also wish I knew we had to buy special induction pans before moving in.

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I really like that all appliances work well and the kitchen is easy to clean, which is fantastic. The welcome team who greeted me on my first day were great and really helpful too.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, we’re glad to see you’re enjoying the location of your new home. We are sorry to hear about the issues you have experienced and appreciate your suggestions for improvement.

Convenient and friendly

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Review Date Oct 2020

Lewisham is a vibrant and multicultural part of London. It has excellent transport links to Central London, and a wide range of shops from Iceland to M&S.

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Fizzy Lewisham is a well-built, well-designed building which is home to a friendly community and welcomes pets.
It’s great to have dedicated on-site property management staff to help with anything from building issues to flagging repairs. Tenants also get regular updates on any developments that might affect them, such as nearby construction works (which are ongoing as of October 2020 and may last a few months).
There is also a dedicated app through which tenants can create forums, contact the Fizzy team and write reviews for a chance to get a month’s free rent.
Unlike some other developments it doesn’t feature a gym but it has a rooftop garden.

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Soundproofing is excellent, but it’s still possible to hear the (very) occasional crying baby or barking dog.

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

The building management team has been prompt in flagging issues to tenants and what they are doing to solve them.

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Convenient living

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Review Date Oct 2020

Excellent transport links
Range of local amenities minutes away

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Great facilities including roof top garden. Pet friendly building.
Easily accessible on site managenent team of friendly BOBs
(Off site during COVID but regular communication with residents through email and Fizzy App, scheduled days on site and always reachable within hours)

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Construction ongoing behind Fizzy as part of lewisham gateway development

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

Prompt response whether they were raised via App or email

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