South East London

A Guide to Living in 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.

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.

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.

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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Top Rated Developments in South East London

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Review Date Aug 2020

close to shopping centre, however at night time there are not enough lights in the area

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the white and black design is good the indoors design nice the communal back yard nice too when things break it doesnt take to long before its fixed but there was one period where it took about a month for the doors to be fixed a another time where the back garden door was broken for the whole of 2019 summer

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nothing

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

they are usually very responsive with results showing most of the time

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Good flats poor management

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Review Date Aug 2020

Near park, public transportation and shopping.

Very noisy are, people shouting and playing loud music from cars and balconies.

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Not much to say about design, looks like every other new building.

Absolutely awful property management, takes months for simple fixes to be made (we where without heat for 3 months…), impossible to get in touch with the building management and just a general lack of communication..

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Which I knew all the issues we would have with the landlord and building management.

What is the best feature of your home:

The flats are well design and feel more spacious than they actually are.

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Convenient, well appointed apartments

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Review Date Aug 2020

Lewisham is conveniently placed with lots of local amenities. Transport links via the DLR and train lines mean it is very accessible.

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As a whole the development works really well and has everything you need. Some aspects of the design quality aren’t to the best standard but still good. The facilities management team are very quick to respond to queries and issues and are approachable.

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How long the building works next door will run for

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

Yes, our dishwasher broke and was fixed within days.

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The Horizon

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Review Date Aug 2020

Good transport links

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The aesthetic of both the flat and the building are great, however it is not built well. For the past few months it has not been fire safe and the management are not being transparent about it. The flats are overpriced for what they are and are built with cheap materials that break and tear easily, as well as the white goods also being what seems to be the cheapest they could find. They also are very hot and almost unbearable in the summer months. The aesthetic and access to transport are good, and the staff whom work here are very friendly nonetheless.

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I wish I had looked around the local area more, not just the complex

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Our dishwasher has been broken for quite some time now, around 4 months, and is only being returned after repair now!

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