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 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 Southwark

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Avoid if you are looking for a quiet place

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Review Date Oct 2021

Good – well-maintained, close to river and metro

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Ball games are not allowed in the communal garden. However a group of kids disobey such rules and they play ball games in the park almost every evening, and disturb peace & quiet for the others. Issue has been reported several times but it still continues to happen.

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Avoid if you are looking for a quiet place.

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The conceriege is helpful but problem still persists

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They seem to not be friendly to students Chinese

Review Date Oct 2021

Great locations, nice restaurant in Sayer Street and Chinese shop. My girlfriend like tube Bakerloo easy to go Oxford Street for shopping Selfridges. Pretty building.

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I don’t like Management of building, TOO strict, never party allowed, FINES for everything. Cannot keep rubbish on balcony, useless balcony. Residents old English grumpy all. All students cannot party. Super boring, avoid if you student !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Too many grumpy people and old. Super boring!!!!!!

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Ok, but fines for everything. Once rubbish fell on floor was mistake inside lift got fined

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High quality flat in a good location.

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Review Date Sep 2021

A lot of young professionals live here but there aren’t many restaurants/bars locally. You are so close to Southwark Park and Stave Hill which are great benefits. Lot’s of travel options out of the area too + we just got Boris bikes.

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Overall, the flat is to a high standard and property management is attentive. However, there are a few issues. The main one is that noise from upstairs flats can be quite horrendous as you can hear every tiny footstep. It’s true that you don’t hear flats to the side of you but trying to sleep with banging upstairs can be frustrating. Another thing is the blinds in the lounge and non-bedrooms don’t block the light so on a hot day working from home it’s annoying. If you can get a flat on the top floor I’d still recommend this place, though.

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There’s bike storage! No one seems to use it but it’s there. I’d also just reiterate the point about noise from upstairs neighbours.

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Mostly well. I did once have broken washing machine which they didn’t get round to for 2 weeks but aside from that it’s been good.

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Modern development suitable for young professionals and students

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Review Date Sep 2021

The development is right next to Canada Water station and multiple bus stops, so no complaints on that. However, it lacks variety in surrounding shops, would love to see more food venues. That being said, you can get more options through Deliveroo and platforms alike. Worth noting that there’s no parking space exclusive to this development.

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Overall this is a modern, well-located cosy department in my opinion. The location is great, you have easy access to tubes and buses. Though there are a few new buildings under development nearby, it’s not noisy and your view will not be blocked. No parking space but folks living here are mostly professionals and students who may not necessarily fancy cars during this fuel-lacking age. The default setting inside the apartment is acceptable, though I would love to see better furniture without breaking a bank. The staff are generally very nice and helpful, security measures are in place and this is a quiet residential area.

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Upside: The room can get quite warm during winter thanks to good isolation, and thus less energy expense in this regard.
Downside: Wish there could be fewer flies. Keep your door in the balcony shut before you sleep, otherwise, you’ll need to have Tom get rid of Jerry.

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The response from the building management team is generally quick and helpful. Glitches with gates and lifts will be dealt with within 1 working day.

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