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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Very Good

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Disappointing

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Best places to live in South London

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

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.

Reviews in South London

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Amazing staff. Maria and camilla particularly always a pleasure

Review Date Nov 2021

Been here for about 1 month now. Good place but great staff in particular Maria and camilla have been amazing 🙂 always a pleasure

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Design is great. Some areas of the apartment are a bit lower on the quality than expected. Gym could do with more equipment as it’s mostly cardio(a leg press machine would make all the difference and heavier dumbbells
Location is perfect.
Staff are great.

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Was miss informed regarding the facilities but Acorn about the dinning room and lounge are. Was never informed that you need to pay and book to use. I particularly asked if it’s something we can just organise and use as long as no one else is using it. So for small spontaneous gathering it’s not really suitable which for me is very important as I barely know what I’m doing the next day.

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

Some issue but I have not raised yet so can’t comment.

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Started off well and is derailing to a nightmare.

Review Date Nov 2021

Transport is convenient;
Plenty of shops around;
Lots of construction work happening around which are incredibly disturbing;
Anti-social behavior is common to be seen;

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Management seems to have a procedure of keeping residents in the dark regarding significant incidents occurring in the building.
Latest incidents include:
* recurring intruders in the building harrowing residents security with no action from administration / no further involvement of authorities or reporting to residents;
* Fire alarms going off repeatedly shutting down all lifts for over 12 hours with no further report to residents;
* Over four water/heating incidents in the past month;
* Incidents with uncollected rubbish;
There is only so much the frontline team can be doing, specially having two outstanding team members just recently left.

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Management would be harrowing the safety of residents.

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

Either with significant delay or not responded at all. Maintenance services are unfinished to this day (over six months later) in the flat meaning I currently have a hole in my ceiling from which before water was coming out.

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No value for money

Review Date Nov 2021

Great location and that’s it.

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Front door not fixed for months, windows cleaned so rarely even though there is a construction site across the road that you can hardly see anything through the window, no yoga, activities poor, cleanliness requiring improvement. Only a handful of staff really helpful. The front desk messy and the bin area looking like in a council flat.

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The council tax rates, the poor quality of furniture and the time it takes to get even a bulb changed.

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

After months of nagging but still not everything has been sorted.

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Great idea & effort gone bad as company gets greedy & disrespects residents and staff.

Review Date Nov 2021

great location 2 min from the station

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The concept of the living area, coworking space & Native vs regular estate agency running the community was great… just initially.
Unfortunately after a while the building started getting regular (a few events per month):
leaks
issues with hot water
lack of water
poor cleaning
serious safety incidents

Worst of all lovely & caring staff let down by the management – painful to watch and extremely frustrating to live in.

Massive increase in rents for existing tenants (during covid, while service offered was limited….) and now visible cuts taking a toll on basic aspects like health and safety making Native look really bad & greedy.

On the top of that noise from nearby constructions surrounding the building from …every side is non stop. If you think you will enjoy your balcony (used as strong reason for higher rent) think twice.

One of the highest rents in croydon so if you work hard for your money may be worth some self respect & avoiding.

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massive contraction noise every side of the building
wonder/management introducing cuts to the basic service
leaks
water issues
beautiful design but poor quality

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

they don’t, hiding behind lovely staff but not responding directly

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Design
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