Southwark

A Guide to Living in 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.

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.

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.

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.
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Reviews in Southwark

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Well isolated from noises

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Review Date May 2020

The area has as many facilities as anyone would need. I like that its a calm and quiet area but you have all the amenities close by. I especially like parks & open spaces. There are lots of nice restaurants and pubs that won’t make you wait. I miss more farmer markets nearby ( at least that I know of). Also, there have been reported some burglars that attempted to enter the building but nothing has happened thanks to the security measures installed.

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The development is nicely built and designed, with open spaces and terrace in all flats. I especially like two things: first is how well isolated is the development from external noises & neighbours and second that it’s quite warm possibly thanks to the isolation system as well. Some people in lower-level flats have reported high temperatures in summer but in general, this is not a problem and you won’t need to turn on the heater anytime.

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I love how well the warm is kept inside the flat and how well its connected to any place in London by bus.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

I’d prefer if the common green spaces are secured with doors

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Excellent new development

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Review Date May 2020

Very close to lots of shops – Lidl and Iceland Warehouse are on the doorstep and Asda and Aldi are little more than a 5-10 minute walk away. Excellent bus services to take you into central London, supplemented by Queen’s Road rail station which is a 10-15 minute walk away and provides Overground and Rail services into central London and the South East. Can be a little noisy on weekends as there are numerous churches on and around Sylvan Grove.

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Good facilities – bike store and post boxes downstairs are a plus. Open plan kitchen and living room is great, and bedrooms are a decent size. Two balconies are an absolute joy in the spring and summer months. No parking for cars is problematic and the road itself to get to the property (Sylvan Grove) is very narrow and access can be problematic on weekends.

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Great flat, great location!

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Review Date Apr 2020

The area is fantastic, taking just two minutes to get to canada water. However, if you prefer to walk, it takes just thirty minutes along the thames path to reach towerbridge, and its a lovely walk! Beautiful greenwich is just 15 minutes by bus or a 30-minute walk, again along the thames path. The area cannot be faulted.

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The building itself is great, with modt flats benefiting from large balconies with great views. Theres a gym and a work from home lounge, both of which have free wifi. Theres a tennis court on top of decathlon that is available to tennants after 6pm. The concierge staff are fantastic and i have lived here for over 8 months now and have had no issues with property management.

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I wish i’d known that the walls are completely soundproof, as i was almost put off the flat in case it was too noisy – i genuinely cant hear a thing from neighbours!

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It would be great if our balcony got a bit more sun, but cant complain too much about that.

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Average

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Review Date Apr 2020

Close to central London, but lots of drug dealing.

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Folio, and by extension Notting Hill Genesis, aren’t the greatest for taking care of details or for communication. Sometimes it’s difficult to get what you need. Still, the place is cheaper than market rent and the location is good, aside from the gangs that operate in the area.

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The level of damp.

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

Sometimes, they’ve responded after a delay, sometimes not at all.

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