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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Top Rated Developments in Southwark

Reviews in Southwark

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Great development

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Verified Resident
Review Date Aug 2020

Really nice looking flats inside and out. Good location near to shops, very nice neighbours and in a relatively quiet location (away from main road). Main gripe is the poor maintenance of the communal garden areas by the management company.

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Design looks great and flats are spacious and well designed inside. Building management inside has been good but communal garden area management could definitely be better. Flats are well insulated, with good quality fittings and finish.

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Getting the right aspect for your property is important. I have east facing bedrooms and wear facing living area/balcony which is ideal!

What is the best feature of your home:

Balcony and floors are great. Well insulated from a noise and heating perspective and nice amenities (oven/hob etc high quality) also a really good amount of storage space

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5
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5
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Nice residential area, not too far from the hustle bustle of London

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Review Date Aug 2020

The area and neighborhood are very centrally located. 15 mins from Waterloo, London bridge, Blackfriars, city. Well connected by bus. Plenty of shops and eat out options in Camberwell, Peckham, East Dulwich.

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Development is good. I wasn’t particularly impressed by the Design inside the homes. For example – The storage area is not well thought out. There is no water outlet in the patio to be able to water plants etc. The property management company is not proactive. Had a good experience with Bellway Homes Customer Care (but that lasts only initial few weeks).

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I was apprehensive about the tube connectivity from Camberwell. But it has been a breeze to commute to places. Specially with a cycle, it has cut my commute time by half.

What is the best feature of your home:

All homes in the development has a decent sized outdoor space. Ground floor apartments have big patios.

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5
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Great place to live with a good sense of community.

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Verified Resident
Review Date Aug 2020

Excellent location to high street and transport and to the City.
Nice friendly mix of residents in the development.
Flats finished to a high standard internally.
Extremely well insulated.
Balcony design provides privacy.
Not overly dense.
Large bins left outside of bin stores not that attractive.
Sometimes the automatic gates don’t work properly.

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Good, solid design of 4 – 5 storeys and not overly dense development. A safe and secure development with a nice community feel.
Excellent balcony balustrade design provides privacy.
Units are well design and insulated in terms of noise.
Landscaping is ok, it could do with a bit more and extra care.
Property management company is pretty average unfortunately.

Otherwise a great development and excellent place to live.

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Book your moving in day the day after your completion, as it happens late in the day.

What is the best feature of your home:

Large balcony and large kitchen were the biggest selling point of the flat. I just love it!

4
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4
Design
5
Location
5
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3
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Untrustworthy and unhelpful

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Review Date Aug 2020

The transport links into the city are primarily by bus, although you can get the overground train, but this is a lot more expensive. The development is right next to a primary school which can be quite loud during the day (playing music and screaming kids) and the development ridiculously built a park outside the development which can be frustrating when you want to sit and relax on the balcony.

The local area is renowned for break-ins and the development is right next to a nature garden. They initially had a 6-foot fence to prevent people who are in the garden being able to see the lane, but it got shortened. I think this has allowed criminals to scope out areas such as the bike shed which has been broken into at least once a month.

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In addition to the outside park, they ruined the inside private garden area with a seesaw and some ridiculous objects and called it a park. There are no kids in the development, so it just seems like such a waste of space and will definitely impact us when it comes to selling the flat itself.

The design and security regarding the facilities e.g. bike shed, bin store, storage cupboard have all been broken into. Recently we found a homeless woman sleeping in the storage cupboard, the bike shed broken into (cameras smashed and ripped the access point off the wall disabling all security to the bike store). The management company (DJC management) and Bellway (developer) have done absolutely nothing to improve security (owners pay a service charge each month) or listen to the property owners who just want change. We have had these issues for 15 months and still nothing has been resolved.

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The initial plan for the area on Horsnell close was a nice landscaped area. They then changed this and made a park which is not pleasant for residents.

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

Get rid of the two parks (private – internal park and the public park next to the school and development on Horsnell close). These parks were not included in the original plans when we actually bought our property.

Improve facility security. We are now being threatened by criminals who are trying to enter the bike shed and we have no communications to hear that it has been reported to the police, what the actions to improve the situation are, nothing.

The noise insulation between flats is extremely poor to the point you can hear your neighbour having a conversation, coughing and crudely, going to the loo – not pleasant.

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Location
3
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