South London

For a long time, many of South London’s neighbourhoods had something of a bad name. But, this part of the capital has been heavily regenerated in recent years, and now has something for all backgrounds and budgets. It’s got transport links to write home about, with central big-hitters such as London Bridge and Victoria within easy reach, plus Gatwick Airport nearby. And thanks to its good connections and recent makeovers, it’s blossomed to become the capital’s residential destination du jour. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in South London. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in South London.

The heavy investment has resulted in a new wave of contemporary property developments and workspaces; with an influx of creative agencies and tech start-ups setting up shop. Cue a young, professional crowd.

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Best places to live in South London

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Richmond Park

South London regenerations

Croydon has seen one of the biggest transformations in the past few years. This once rough-around-the-edges district has welcomed countless new apartment buildings, has a brand-new Westfield mall in the works, and is home to street food mecca Boxpark. This giant shipping container holds a market with a brilliant soundtrack and an impressive list of cuisines, and follows hot on the heels of its Shoreditch original. Head here for everything from delicate French desserts to Vietnamese specialities.

Battersea Park

Nightlife

South London majors in quirky after-dark spots. Croydon is packed with night-time haunts, such as entrepreneur favourite, Matthew’s Yard 9 to 5. By day, this is a business centre but by night it transforms into a gallery and theatre.

In Lambeth, some of London’s most famous bar and music scenes can be found, courtesy of the pubs, clubs and also cocktail bars in nightlife titans like Clapham and Brixton. Meanwhile, try the South Lambeth riverside for authentic boozers serving up quality ale and Sunday roasts.

Battersea Power Station

South London’s family friendly hubs

At the other end of the South London spectrum, gems like Sutton need to be explored. Which sits on the lower slopes of the sprawling North Downs. Families drawn by the immaculate (and somewhat affordable) Edwardian homes and highly rated schools. Several parks occupy the area, too. Nonsuch is one of the best, with acres of space to picnic and play, leafy woodland walks and an 18th-century mansion. Manor Park is another – this one’s got a café for coffee and ice-cream stops.

Similarly, developers have cottoned on to the charms of Epsom. A pretty Surrey market town enveloped by countryside, just a 40-minute direct train ride from London’s Waterloo, and 45 minutes from Victoria.

Possibly South London’s biggest selling point is its something-for-all credentials. Its postcodes are eclectic, vibrant and home to all walks of life. Make a home here, and you can discover the capital in all its forms.

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 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 maintenance team are brilliant, they are quick to respond and so friendly

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Review Date Feb 2024

Great range of shops, open late at night.
lots of coffee shops – really nice one called crushed bean.great transport links

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Kristian from the management team , the FOH staff (especially Arnold) and the maintenance support (Kevin) are all absolutely brilliant and so supportive with any queries or if an issue arises.
The design of the building is beautiful and we feel really safe in the building with the 24 hr concierge.

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how safe I would feel living in the building. I also like that there is a post room so I never have to miss a parcel, and it really helps having the concierge to support with collecting anything urgent if I need to be in the office.

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I raised an urgent issue late last night to the team for example and it has already been resolved by midday today. The maintenance team are brilliant, they are quick to respond and so friendly !!

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Nice flat but many problems, looking to move again

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Review Date Feb 2024

There are no big supermarkets nearby unless you have a car.
It’s not very safe at night, with many dodgy people around. My flatmate isn’t comfortable going out alone after they’ve been harassed or catcalled, so we use Find My Friends on iPhone to stay connected.
There are no places to hang out; although some people go to Box Park, it’s not my scene. However, there’s a nice bar called Fern down the road.
Bin collection doesn’t seem to be frequent because the bin rooms are gross.
There aren’t many streetlights around, but they’ve recently installed some new ones opposite the building.
Local services like GPs aren’t very good.
Croydon council tax is extraordinarily high due to their bankruptcy, with rates set to increase again in 2024. This came as a shock to us when we moved in and made it less appealing.
One positive aspect is that the station is nearby.
The area is pretty filthy, except around the new development area, but it’s relatively small.

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Looks good in pictures but leans into catfishing territory.
The building isn’t kept clean; it always smells like garbage around the lift areas, and the floors are consistently dirty. I avoid using the workspace because it’s also unclean and uncomfortably hot.

The terrace has potential but is largely unusable. In summer, it reeks of dog pee due to the plastic glass. There’s nowhere comfortable to sit, so you don’t spend much time up there. I haven’t seen many people using it either, except to take their dogs out. While I appreciate that the building is dog-friendly, the condition of the terrace grass is a problem.

When we moved into the flat, it was pretty dirty (a common theme here), and we ended up cleaning it ourselves, although they did offer to send someone back in.
The flat is nice, very homely and comfortable, with a balcony, although it’s on the small side.

Recently, the building had a silverfish infestation due to a leak that the building management had neglected. It took ages to get them to arrange pest control.
The reception staff are lovely and have the impossible job of trying to keep everyone happy.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: The energy bills we’re subjected to are very expensive. They have no fixed tariff option and the current rates are high, you can’t change energy providers here due to the way the building is managed. It took five months until we received a bill after many emails because the building management was in dispute. Because of this, we were hit with a huge bill that was way more than they had initially told us it would be. We are now in debt of £1000+.

Native gave a ‘sorry’ discount to the previous billing issue but hasn’t made a dent in the matter.

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Cost of bills are high due to the tarrifs
Council tax is hight
Building isn’t well kept and you’ll find like most people dont use the workspace or terrace.

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The building does have a good maintenance team that is typically prompt in responding to requests.

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Thankful for the services being offered

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Review Date Feb 2024

Love the environment, clean, comfortable and secure .Easy access to bus service and train station. Available market around with shops

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The management are very professional always very willing to assist in any issues. They go above and beyond to assist and help with any issues. Special Thanks to Kristian who is extremely patient and very helpful with working out solutions for issues.

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The building is very safe and secure , you will feel very comfortable being here.

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Very efficiently and gotten issues sorted out as quickly.

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Cleverly disguised

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Review Date Feb 2024

The building is relatively close to most relevant shops and establishments, the proximity to transport links is a definite plus but it is Croydon and that means parking is scarce, loads of negative events and constant sirens from the police, ambulance or both.

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Poor design for a building of flats, more suitable for offices, bare minimum facilities for such a fancy place. The property is managed by an external company, rather poorly and slowly. It comprises of over 400 flats and some of them have been used for air b&b which made the whole building feel completely vulnerable and unsafe.

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I wish I knew the flats leak heat in winter and turn to ovens in summer.

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The responses depend on the urgency of the issue most of the time but the real problems don’t ever seem to be dealt with.

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