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

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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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Great location and flat

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Review Date Jan 2022

Great local pizza place downstairs and hopefully more opening up soon, Blackheath itself just a 10 minute walk with the village and all it’s amenities just a little further. Literally couldn’t get any closer to Lewisham station which has both quick trains into the city and DLR for links to Greenwich/Canary wharf and beyond. No noise once inside the building but can get busy down on the street. Large tesco just a few minutes walk away. Only downside is parking, no free parking in the area and 1 parking bay for the entire building you need to book ahead.

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Good flat layout and building design, lifts have a secure system to only allow residents up. Only downside has been lift reliability, used to be common to have one lift out of order but less so recently.

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As mentioned, parking is an issue in the area and the building does not provide any.

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Good to fix any issues as and when they appear. Previous emergency issues with hot water and out of order lifts during weekend hours took longer than expected.

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Realstar = Real dodgy

Review Date Jan 2022

New Cross is a nice enough area.
It’s lively due to all the Goldsmiths students.
The Deptford Green School children however run riot around the neighborhood and dump masses of litter everywhere.

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Culloden, Hampton, Blenheim tower and the other block are all managed by Realstar Living (7a Howick Place, London SW1P 1DZ), who just renamed themselves ‘Uncle’ and removed all the bad reviews from Googlemaps.

You have to buy the heating and hot water from them and they charged over £150 / month, even in summer. Even mains water cost us typically 3 time more than we’ve paid before or since. I don’t think Realstar pay tax in the UK so they make you pay the rent to their account in the tax haven Jersey. They try to con you over the deposit. They don’t do a handover with you when you leave and invent all these problems afterwards. We arranged to have it professionally cleaned before we left but they claimed it wasn’t clean enough. That’s because they paint all the properties after 1 year between tenants and they want to charge you for the cleaner that comes after the decorator. In the property industry Realstar have such a bad reputation that other companies avoid working with them.
I now live near Waterloo in zone 1 for a fraction of the cost. Much nicer place. No stressing about the bills or the landlord trying to rip me off.

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Never deal with Realstar Living / Uncle

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Excellent property management

Review Date Jan 2022

Very convenient commute
Shops, supermarkets, dentists, pet shops and vets in a short distance

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Everything is as it has to be.
Regarding property management, I would like to say, that both Helen and Emelie are superb!
They reply immediately to your emails and queries and they take the best care of you. It’s like family!

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How easy is your life with your pets in Fizzy

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They took over very quickly and effectively
Their quick response put your mind at ease

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We really enjoy living here

Review Date Dec 2021

Transport links are fabulous, very close to 3x useful stations and easy to get to London Bridge and beyond. Bins need to be collected more often, but I expect that is a symptom of lockdown. No traffic noise, some train noise but that is to be expected. Mixed recycling is a bonus but no food waste disposal is odd. Overall, we really enjoy living here.

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Transport links are fabulous, very close to 3x useful stations and easy to get to London Bridge and beyond. Bins need to be collected more often, but I expect that is a symptom of lockdown. No traffic noise, some train noise but that is to be expected. We really enjoy living here.

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You can see your neighbours and they can see you. Get some new PJs and some big plants or suffer the consequences!

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Yes and usually very speedily and efficiently, apart from one, which we have been waiting on almost a year.

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Manager Response

Hi There,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review.

We’re delighted to hear that you’re really enjoying living at Deptford Foundry. The transport links are fantastic aren’t they!

Regards,
Danielle

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