Borough of Southwark

Southwark is nestled on the South Bank of the Thames, and among its luxury riverside apartments and ultra-modern offices, are some of London’s biggest icons. This area is rich in culture, architecture and entertainment, charming millions of visitors (and residents) each year. For the best scenery, criss-cross one of the bridges that straddle the river, including London Bridge, Tower Bridge and Millennium Bridge. All are a joy to stroll or drive over, thanks to sweeping views of the water, and the buildings that chart hundreds of years of the capital’s history. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in Southwark. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Southwark.

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Best places to live in Borough of Southwark

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

High street in Southwark

Southwark attractions

Of all the landmarks, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern command the most attention, and rightly so. The Globe is a magnificent, Elizabethan-esque structure, a careful rebuild of the site where the famous playwright’s creations were first performed back in the 16th century. Nowadays, you can enjoy guided tours and exhibitions, along with exceptional theatre. As for the Tate, it’s easy to spend hours in this contemporary art institution; discovering the dreamy works of Warhol, Monet and Picasso.

Southwark skyline

The Shard

Head away from the waterside, and The Shard, Europe’s tallest building, dominates the skyline. This 300-plus-metre skyscraper is a mixed bag of offices, hotel suites, and bars and restaurants. In fact, it’s the way of many of the imposing buildings here. Dedicated to both work and play, they’re comprised of company HQs, posh-nosh brasseries and classy rooftop bars.

Foodie hotspot

Southwark has emerged as a real foodie destination over the years. Just over the road from The Shard is Borough Market; London’s oldest food market, and still one of the capital’s best. Its myriad of stalls never fail to treat tastebuds, whether you’re in the mood for a harissa-soaked North African stew, or a Spanish ‘bocadillo’ stuffed with serrano ham and melty cheese. Outside, both old and new establishments pepper the streets, age-old pubs full of curiosities rubbing shoulders with elegant Italian restaurants and cosy tapas nooks. Try lively Bermondsey for a village feel and some of the best independents eateries around.

Southwark park

Transport in Southwark

Southwark’s transport links are impressive. London Bridge Railway Station makes it easy to get to cities like Cambridge and Bedford. And three London Underground stations service the area. Southwark on the Jubilee line, Borough on the Northern, and London Bridge, which has trains running on both. But with London’s best bits on your doorstep, who could blame you for staying put?

HomeViews reviewer says…
“It’s a lovely mix of old and new. The new-build waterfront homes are plentiful, but so are the curious 17th-century pubs.”

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 Southwark. 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 Borough of Southwark

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great flat, awful management

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Review Date May 2024

The area is amazing, really close to the station and surrounded by loads of shops, restaurants, bars and gyms plus much much more. The street however is very noisy, especially on a weekend. The street is always covered in rubbish and plenty of glass.

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property management is terrible, very common to not get a response from the teams and have to follow up weeks later (still sometimes to not get a response), this is shocking considering that rent drastically went up over the past year. design of the flat is great, ours is really spacious and lots of natural light.

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where the bike room is, where the meters are, where the bin room is – figured this out with other tenants

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badly, generally takes a while to get a response and repairs take a while to get done. Keys for the building got stolen, then many people’s bags got stolen because of this, I emailed the management team for some answers and never got any response. feel like tennant issues aren’t taken seriously

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L&Q property management is shockingly poor

Review Date Apr 2024

DO NOT move into an L&Q managed property. The management of the property is the worst I have EVER experienced in London.

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L&Q property management is shockingly poor. The quality is the building is very poor. As a tenant, I dealt with stolen packages, over 1 month without access to hot water during the covid pandemic, continual boiler issues and unauthorised individuals accessing the property. All issues led to extremely long wait times to get issues fixed and hundreds of hours spent on the L&Q call center.

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L&Q is the worst property manager, avoid at all costs.

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I wasted probably hundreds of hours of my life fighting to resolve the MANY issues from the boiler, electrics and safety of the building. L&Q management would continually lose all records of my maintenance appointments and continually would not arrive.

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Great location and facilities

Review Date Mar 2024

– Great location and facilities
– There is one particularly unfriendly receptionist

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It would be great to introduce more machines in the gym
Common room areas would benefit from mire plug sockets
Greater organisation in receiving mail, maybe a bigger locker so that these can all be stored?
One night shift receptionist is very rude and hostile, not an asset to the wider team

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Everything is perfect and as I expected it to be!!

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

They have been quick and straight to the point, very helpful

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Good but a couple of things to keep in mind

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Review Date Feb 2024

Pro:
The neighborhood is close to the center. I can easily walk to Covent Garden in under 30 min. The connections are great – underground’s, trains and busses are accessible within 5 min of the location, making it great for people who’re spending time across the city. The yoga studio in the building is also great!

Con:
Traffic noise

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Pro:
Nice, fresh, smells nice, nice gym

Con:
I’ve had issues w my property that I’ve reported to management in dec (it’s now February) and they still havent been addressed. In my case, my bathroom smells so bad bc of drainage issues.

Another con is that they are marketing a room that you can rent for private events. It looks nice but costs 50 pounds per hour (?!) to rent. That is crazy

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You can’t head any neighbors, which is great considering how big the building is and how many people live there

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

Yes but it takes a very long time for them to fix.

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