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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Ten out of 10

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Review Date Jan 2022

Where the development is situated is amazing, Box-park directly opposite, shops are quite close by, the area itself isn’t the best but not the worst

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Ten Degrees is by far the best development I’ve seen, entered and lived in. It has everything you could possibly need and more, staff are amazing especially Maria & Camila! Both deserve pay rises, what angels they’ve been with everything, the only thing that would of been that much better would of been parking within but apart from that, no negatives from me
I do wish some apartments could go up for sale but let’s see!

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More about the area, the local residents within the area and the costs of travel with Croydon being zone 5

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

Very efficient, quick to respond. Keep the great work up, thank you

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Lovely

Review Date Jan 2022

Transport is super convenient. Local shops are very close and everything you need is within walking distance. There is a lot of noise around however you can’t hear too much once in the apartment.

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Concierge and staff are very friendly and helpful. Maintenance work is very fast and tenants are always kept in the loop which is nice. Very family-like in terms of environment and friendly neighbours. It’s sad that there are lots of homeless people around but allows for charity and giving food etc. so not so bad.

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That the apartments get so warm! If they are this warm in the winter then I am afraid for when summer arrives

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Any issues have been dealt with as soon as possible
Maria has been SUPER amazing and has dealt with everything so smoothly and made the transition easy and inviting

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A Step up in Terms of Lifestyle

Review Date Jan 2022

Living at Ten Degrees is a step up in terms of convenience and lifestyle. Having East Croydon station on our doorstep makes it so easy to commute to work and for meeting friends in the city – it really is so easy getting in and out of central London. The surrounding area of East Croydon also has lots to offer with Box Park on our doorstep, as well as a choice of local parks within walking distance. It’s very diverse culturally and we enjoy the combination of families, couples, and individuals living in the building – it seems to meet everyone’s needs!

Parking – we don’t actually have a car but we have guests who have driven over. They parked on College road behind Ten Degrees, which is next to Croydon College. They were able to find parking easily and pay an hourly fee.

Bicycle storage – we both have bikes which we lock in the basement of the building. This area is very secure and it’s easy to take our bikes in and out of the building.

Transport – the trams run to Ikea and surrounding areas which is useful for accessing local parks and shopping. The trains from East Croydon are also excellent for commuting into central London as well as getting to Gatwick and other destinations. The only thing we noticed is that sometimes the train does not run from East Croydon to Clapham Junction on weekends because they are doing construction on the line. There is a rail replacement bus but this takes an hour which is inconvenient. We have also used the local buses to get to Crystal Palace and other areas. Basically there is a wide choice of travel options.

Bins & recycling – we chose to purchase small bins which fit under our kitchen sink and empty these a few times a week. It’s easy to go down to the ground floor where the bin and recycling room is. Sometimes people from other flats carry bags which are messy and leave a trail of food/mess along the corridor. However, we are fortunate to have a cleaner who cleans daily and makes sure the mess is cleaned up.

Noise – the apartment is well insulated and we can’t hear much noise with the windows closed. However, we have noticed that it is quite windy and you can hear the noise of wind circling the building at times. There is also occasional noise of traffic/construction but this does not bother us.

Bills – We pay around £500 a month in total for council tax, electricity, wifi, etc. This was more than we expected to pay but it is worth it for the lifestyle in the building. The more bedrooms you have in your apartment, the more you will pay for council tax as well.

Parks – there are a number of parks around East Croydon and we specifically like walking to Park Hill Recreation Ground. It only takes 5-10 minutes to walk there and it has a beautiful view over the city and has a children’s play area, basketball court, tennis court, etc. We have also used the tram to access Lloyd Park and Wandle Park.

Supermarkets – Waitrose and Sainburys are the closest supermarkets, but you can walk down to the Croydon High Street to access a wider range of shops such as Lidl, Iceland, etc. The tram goes to the high street as well if you prefer not to walk or are carrying heavy items.

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The management team have been amazing – especially Maria & Camilla who made our move so easy and have supported us every step of the way. We misplaced our keys on our first day and Camilla was able to provide us with a spare key in the interim while we were unpacking and looking for the one we lost! The building is cleaned daily and we enjoy using the gym and attending fitness classes such as yoga and power pump. The staff are available 24 hours to help and are all very friendly.

Communal work areas – there is communal wifi you can log onto in the reception area and it is strong enough to support Zoom/Ms Teams meetings. We often work in the downstairs area during the week when we are working from home and take meetings – all the other residents are very respectful and understanding of each other. The complementary coffee machine is also a delight.

Gym – the roof top gym is stunning and it isn’t too busy. It is easy to show up at any time and access the gym for stretching, walking on the treadmill, or more intense weights workouts.

Fitness classes – there are weekly fitness classes which take place in the evenings and are free for residents. These are great!

Games lounge – we use this often when friends visit and have found it an exciting way to show off the building and the view. It’s easy to book through the app.

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The one thing I wish I had know is that the hallway carpets can stain easily. I do a lot of out door exercise and often have muddy shoes. So, I now know to take these off at the back entrance of the building and to carry them through to my apartment. Otherwise they create a lot of mess and I have to report it to the reception for the cleaner to tidy up.

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The management team are available via email, telephone, and you can also approach them at the front desk. There are always multiple members of the team available to help and we haven’t had any issues asking for help or reporting any issues.

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Appalling conditions, great location

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Review Date Dec 2021

Good location with great transport links and high street walking distance away. Views of the flat are really beautiful as well, except there is so much dust and algae growing which has never been cleaned in years, that very soon this positive will cease to exist too

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Building wide cockroach infestation, which was reported multiple times by numerous tenants and management is not doing anything. Hot water and heating inconsistent and can be down for weeks at a time even in winter months. Overall appalling management

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Cockroach infestation, inconsistent heating and hot water supply, dirty windows, leaks

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No, reception is telling that they will do something about it, yet nothing has been done, or deflecting and blaming individual tenants, even though it is a building wide issue already

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