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.

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 and 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 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.

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Generally a quiet area with good local amenities.

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Design of the buildings are average, they need to be modernised inside with improvements for upcoming technologies. Area is nice and local amenities are very good. The Dial Arch pub is a great evening out and the food and drink are great. Overall a nice area to live.

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Blinds dont keep the light out

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The layout of the bedroom as the wardrobes are not deep enough.

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Modern design, great amenities, nice community

Modern design, great amenities, nice community

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Good location with great community and amenities. Close to Greenwich Park and local shops and markets. Modern design with nice views of the river. The local cafe, pub and restaurant all have great food and very friendly staff. There is also a tennis court at the development.

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Yes, in most cases. It is always possible to influence decisions and contribute.

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Cozy home

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This location is perfect for those who work in central. Minutes away from a large Tesco and a shopping centre. Police station is just behind the building.

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My wife works from home and I do believe this apartment just makes her a Disneyland as a home-lover. Bright, cozy and perfect size. Can’t be happier with the 5-stars property management. Besides, this is a pet-friendly community. Everyone we meet in the building are all so willing to meet new furry friends. The community always keep high standard hygiene, which is so crucial for people living with pets. Considering the coronavirus spreading in the world, I now much more appreciate the consistent attention of hygiene form the management team.

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Not sure. I didn’t come with the viewing and literally I don’t make decision.

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Normally respond within 24 hours. Efficient, professional. My wife is a super fan of the lovely team.

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Thanks for sending this review through! We hope you and your wife continue to enjoy living here

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Excellent Property

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Great to have a Tesco and Asda really close by, as well as a shopping mall. The transport links are also fantastic, with a train station just a minute from the flat.

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I absolutely love our flat, the furnishings are modern, the flat is spacious and we’ve got a beautiful view of London’s skyline. The property management is fantastic and Tyrra has been wonderful at helping us settle into our new flat, deliver our post promptly and answer any questions we have. Thank you for helping us find our new home!

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I love that I can get my haircut and nails done a few minutes walk from the flat! Scissors & nails for a haircut and Elyse Beauty & Laser clinic for nails are great.

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Consistent hot water but I appreciate this has recently been looked into.

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Great review – thanks so much for taking the time!

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