South West London

There’s been a huge resurgence in South West London’s property scene of late, namely because this is an area of the capital with so much potential. The term ‘something for everyone’ is thrown around wildly, but in South West London’s case it’s actually justified. This is an area that comes in all forms and guises, shapes and sizes. And that’s exactly why property developers have made it something of a playground. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in South West London. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in South West London.

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Best places to live in South West London

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

River Thames at dusk

The Nine Elms regeneration project

The award for ‘most dramatic transformation’ goes to Nine Elms, a long slither of Thames riverfront between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge. Here, glossy new-build apartment blocks are ten-a-penny, but it’s not just the residential scene that’s getting a facelift.  New offices, infrastructure, transport and entertainment hubs – among many other initiatives – are part of this £15 billion renovation scheme.

Brixton

Just south of the sparkling skyscrapers of SW8, urban cool can be found in edgy Brixton and Clapham. The lively pubs, bars and music venues (don’t miss Hootananny) in these parts promise a night out to remember; and there’s plenty in the way of kitsch brunch spots to help with that sore head the next day. Area newcomers should head to Brixton Village and Brixton Market, where the community spirit is infectious, and the round-ups include taste-tingling street food and local performers. Next door Stockwell is quieter but not without its charms. Dubbed ‘Little Portugal’, it’s home to a large Portuguese population, and its cafés and eateries serve up all kinds of national delicacies.

Old Mansion in South London

Affluent South West London

Northern postcodes like SW1, SW3 and SW7 appeal to those who like to live la dolce vita. Ticking off upmarket neighbourhoods such as Westminster, Belgravia, Chelsea and South Kensington, it’s where house prices are in the millions and the residential scenery is quintessential London. Think timeless Victorian townhouses, black wrought-iron gates and immaculate garden squares.

Nappy Valley

Further south, you’ll find greener boroughs like Wandsworth and Wimbledon; both of which regularly top polls of London’s best places to live. Wandsworth is well-known as ‘Nappy Valley’, such is the draw for families here. Wandsworth Common and King George’s park are prime picnic and playing territory, and the local schools have a decent reputation. That said, the area’s younger population is also rising steadily; a result of the brand-new luxury waterfront apartments, an easy commute to Victoria and Waterloo, and a fabulous wining and dining scene. This savvy lot also knows it’s a lot cheaper to live in Wandsworth than it is to live in Fulham; just across the river.

New development overlooking south west London

Putney

East of Wandsworth lies pretty Putney, a delightful mix of riverside restaurants and cafés, swathes of green and period properties. The area’s many sporting clubs (tennis, golf, rowing – it’s all present and correct) will suit outdoorsy types, while nearby Roehampton University pulls in the students. As such, the waterfront bars come alive after dark.

Universities in South West London

As one of the most desirable parts of London to live in, the South West is a major draw for students wishing to combine studies with a great lifestyle. Imperial College London is perhaps the best-known, but Roehampton, Kingston and St Mary’s Twickenham are all extremely popular options. See our in-depth guide to universities in the South West of London for more.

Best schools in the South West of London

As well as universities, the South West offers an excellent selection of schools for parents to choose from. The Tiffin schools in Kingston top the list of the best-performing schools in the area, with Sutton and the London Oratory also achieving impressive results. See our full guide to the best schools in South West London for more details.

Things to do in South West London

Wetlands, parks and the world-famous Wimbledon tennis complex feature on our list of the Top 10 things to do in South West London. This is really just a start, however, as this part of the capital offers a wealth of options for day trips and weekends away.

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 West 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 West London

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Great development and getting everyone in a community feel. Staff amazing. Especially Ahmad.

Review Date Nov 2022

I would like to say it is a pleasure living in the development. There are a few things that could be improved in the sense of things being in working order such as the doors etc. I love the area and cannot wait for more things to open around us. I have been in Nine Elms for 7 years now. Staffing makes all the difference. The staff have been amazing In particular one member by the name of Ahmad at concierge. Someone who makes things happen and is always very helpful and accommodating to residents and their guests.

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Design is great except for the balconies which cannot be used in winter at all which is a shame. The design for the wind and rain is no good. Maybe should have been glass to block some wind and at least the balcony above should make shelter but doesn’t it’s worse under the above balcony heavy drops of water.

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I would move into the building with concierge. Feel as though it’s more connected

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Yes it has been quite efficient and fast responsive.

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Overall lovely place to live

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Review Date Nov 2022

The neighborhood has changed massively in the last few years with many new amenities and shops opening. It has completely changed now with the official opening of the Battersea Power Station. We like their seasonal displays and events. Since the tube extension opened in 2021, transport is also really accessible. They promised more green space, which we are yet to see (unclear when), but hopefully that will come soon.

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The design of the building is a bit odd; you need to take two separate lifts to access most flats. This makes it confusing for delivery drivers getting access. The sky pool is what everyone sees, but really it’s just impractical for London. The indoor pool is a really great. For the most part, the folks who work at the concierge desk are lovely, but our favorite person is the cleaner, Jose, who greets us with a friendly smile and hello every morning.

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The flat itself is well built and designed and sturdy, however a lot of the extra facilities often have break downs needing repair. The cinema has been closed frequently off and on, and the steam room and shower in the indoor pool have been closed for months with no known details on when they will be fixed or reopen.

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Difficulty with resolving hot water issues was a major frustration this year. It went on for months and was a wider issues affecting the entire block that couldn’t be resolved individually. I was frankly shocked they wouldn’t work faster to fix a very important service for that long – I was so tired of waking up to cold and luke warm showers.

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lovvee the building and the facilities and the staff and how it really feels like home !

Review Date Nov 2022

it’s a very good area to live in and a very nice community , but since there is a lot of constructions around it’s a bit noisy

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lovvee the building and the facilities and the staff and how it really feels like home !

Ahmad the egyptian security in legacy building he is a very helpful guy and a very nice guy and very respectful and he’s always there to help and he knows how to communicate with the residents very well and he really is the best from embassy garden’s staff! he’s really 10/10 and him being here keeps me less worried cause me knowing that someone like Ahmad works here and he can help me with whatever i want related to embassy gardens makes it much easier and much relieved . He deserves the best 👌🏼👌🏼

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There’s not a certain thing i wished i knew before moving in here , it’s just that i hope they fix the entrance and the elevators for the modern building since it’s so not clean.

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The building management responded very well with some issues i had in my apartment.

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Brilliant

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Review Date Nov 2022

Great location !amazing amenities !
The gyms, swimming pools, amazing parking, private cinema and are great. Is also very very safe!

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Great development. The best in London !
Great service especially Ibrahim Alamin always helpful and always gives us a 5* service.
The Skypool is unique. Such a great place to live. So central. Everyone in the development is so friendly and the staff is excellent.

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Is actually even better than I imagined. Nothing bad in my opinion

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Great service. Solved my little issues I had in 1-2 days

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Manager Response

Good Afternoon Genovieve,

Thank you for your amazing positive feedback on Embassy Gardens, we are so happy that you call EG your home. We will of course pass on your wonderful feedback to our teams

Best regards,

Darryn Johnson
Residential Service Manager

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