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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Nice views, modern and secure. Recommend.

Review Date Sep 2021

The tube, coffee shop, bar are right next to the building.

There are 2 parks so it is nicely located from that point of view as well.

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Overall, pretty satisfied after living here for 2+ months.

Nice security – floor access only with fob.

Gym has most of the essentials.

Beautiful garden on the 3rd floor for all residents to enjoy.

Property management sometimes take a while to answer, but reacts promptly on essential questions, like fire alarm fix.

The view from 7+ floor to the tower bridge is quite cool.

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The view to Tower Bridge from level 7 is great, but the best would be floors 8 and 9. It is a game changer.

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I needed to have the fire alarm fixed – it was done the next day.

I wrote another question regarding the water slightly leaking in the bathroom – seems to be ignored so far, but I didn’t chase.

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Great experience

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Review Date Sep 2021

Not too much around in terms of cafes/restaurants but very close to a Zone 2 tube station so very convenient. No parking. No issues with bins or noise

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The building is very nice, there is a gym and a tennis court which are both free to use. Huge bike parking. Very nice courtyard for residents only. The apartment is of very good quality, we’ve had no issues. There is a concierge and a handyman on site at all times which is very convenient.

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I wish i knew that the building had apartments with terraces as this would have been great for us with a dog

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There is an onsite handyman who came round on the same day any time we had an issue

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The apartments are quite spacious and very modern.

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Review Date Aug 2021

I love living in Elephant Central, it’s Zone 1 and there is an abundance of transportation whether it be bus, train or underground. There are also plenty of restaurants in the area as well as a post office and a big Sainsburys with more shops coming as the area develops. Currently there is a lot of noise coming from the construction and demolition of the E&C shopping mall but you can hardly hear it when you close your doors and windows in Elephant Central.

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The apartments themselves can be quite spacious and very modern. There are not very many facilities other than a shared co-working space and an outside space which is used for exercise and dogs. Building management tends to be quite fast to respond most of the time. There are delivery boxes connected to an app which helps to ensure that you never miss a package which is really useful.

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Always negotiate the price on offer

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

You would call or email them and they tend to respond within 1-2 days and are pretty fast

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Manager Response

Thank you Michael, for your lovely feedback. I am so pleased to hear you have enjoyed your home and the transport connections. We love being in such a central location surrounded by restaurants and shops, I am glad to see the team are being so responsive.

A great place to live

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Review Date Aug 2021

Elephant and Castle is getting gentrified as of a late and a lot of new developments have showed up around the area.

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The entire building design is ultra modern, luxurious and artistic. Facilities are cleaned regularly and very well maintained. Each request I’ve had as a tenant of over 4 years has been met within 48 hours or less.
The furniture and tech that the flat is equipped with is very sleek.

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The Elephant and Castle shopping center renovation project will take quite a bit of time to wrap up

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

Building management has been very fast to respond and always welcomes new suggestions

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Manager Response

Thank you Martin, for your lovely feedback. I am so pleased to hear you have enjoyed your home and the service provided.

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