South London

A Guide to Living in 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.

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.

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.

Nightlife in South London

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 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.

South London’s family friendly hubs

At the other end of the South London spectrum, there are gems like Sutton to be explored, which sits on the lower slopes of the sprawling North Downs. Families are 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.

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A Young Professionals Perfect Place to Stay!

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Fantastic Access to a 6 Platform Station with frequent trains into London and to Brighton. Additional Trams into Wimbledon and Beckenham Junction. Boxpark for a wide variety of places to grab a meal. Pure Gym just 2 Minute Walk away.

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The Quarters Croydon is very well positioned. The 6 Platform station is only a 3 Minute Walk away. The Apartments are fully furnished and beautifully layed out with Guaranteed Great value for Money. The Kitchen is small however perfect when it comes to cleaning. Don’t be fooled it is all a Young professional needs. Great Concierge and security services and a Laundry Room that Utilizes one of the most user friendly app ever. It even lets you know when your washing is ready ! I frequently order off amazon and you can be guaranteed that your parcel will be safely handed over to the concierge services should you be unavailable. They are highly compliant when it comes to fire and other safety checks but will always communicate to you should access to your room be needed.

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1. There are two sides to the property try get an apartment avoiding facing the main road. The noise of cars passing is not something that should change your mind but can be a slight off put. 2 The Apartments retain a lot of heat in summer, Unless you have a Balcony Apartment you will absolutely need a Fan ! 🙂

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Definite things to improve upon…

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Very close to every shop you would need. Also, close to food (Boxpark) and many restaurants. East Croydon train station is a 5 minute walk from the building.

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The building is nice and consistently maintained (on the inside) with regular cleaning, painting, etc. Besides a small sitting area in the front corridor, there are no ‘special’ facilities. The laundry room is maintained, however I should note that there are only 5 washers/dryers for the whole building and can get very irritating when people aren’t courteous and leave their clothing for longer than the time allotted. Also, the Circuit app for laundry seems to be hit and miss sometimes. I will also note that the landscaping in the back of The Quarters could use some TLC. It is a public car park, which has never been an issue, but people don’t have respect for the property. Lastly, the rubbish also seems to be an issue with people being too lazy to walk to the other bins instead placing their items in the walkway causing it to pile up quickly and blow away.

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I wish I had known how long it would take to add another tenant to the tenancy agreement, or just how slow any communication is in general with the front desk. (Don’t wait on tender hooks for a reply to your email- it likely won’t come unless you badger management!)

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Largely passive management

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Good area in the centre of town, close to East Croydon station, Tramlink stops and shopping locations. Situated on main thoroughfare through Croydon, so traffic noise can be an issue during summer

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Management is reactive to issues rather than proactive in preventing them in the first place. In three years, it has demonstrated ineffectiveness in dealing with residents leaving refuse outside of proper receptacles. Communiation is patchy, focusing on short term lets, to whom Bravo leases its units – owners of leaseholds are not communicated with on a regular basis, and information requested is patchy at best.

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Build quality leaves a fair amount to be desired – corners were cut during finishes

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Good experience. Great location.

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Very convenient location. Great transport links into London and to Gatwick. There’s a shopping mall opposite which makes things so easy when needling last minute items. Also very convenient that the front desk will take all deliveries for you.

Only downside is that they are very slow getting back to you on email. You often have to chase to get answers.

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Convenient location with great transport links. Shopping mall across the street. Front desk will accept all your deliveries for you. Very modern and clean inside. Fully furnished and easy set up to pay rent and log maintenance issues through online portal.

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The WiFi they offer for free is very slow and you have to sign in every 2 hours which is annoying.

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