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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Top Rated Developments in Southwark

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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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Elmington Green Camberwell Review

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Review Date Sep 2020

Great location close to central London but with the lovely Camberwell on our doorstep – green Open spaces, lots of cool shops and a great vibe. Close to Peckham and East Dulwich/Herne Hill. Love the diversity of the neighbourhood. Good transport links in terms of buses.
Dislike lack of alternative public transport options close by.

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Our development is generally very nice and features a large courtyard with parking, a playground, communal seating and cycle storage. The design of the buildings is contemporary but classic and the balconies feel generous. The flats have good ceiling heights and lovely full height openable windows, allowing for passive ventilation. The downside of the development in my opinion is the cycle stores are not secure and therefore we have to keep our bikes inside our flat. The lift has broken down three times since we completed in June 2019. The building management have been fairly slow when responding to these issues. The biggest frustration we have had with the development is our address. The gate we use to access and dial our flat is on a street that is not in our address. The road that is on our address does not provide access to our flat which has led to parcels not being delivered, difficulties with food deliveries and such like. Further to this, the instructions on the gate are confusing and we have had problems even when post etc finds its way to the right place!

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If I’d known about the address problems then I would have raised this issue with the developer. It seems like a relatively small issue but causes us problems most days.

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

The layout of our master bedroom feels ill thought out and is an awkward plan. I’d like an extra 500mm at the bottom of the bed because we can’t really even fit a headboard at the moment.

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Great experience and great people

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Review Date Sep 2020

Very vibrant neighbourhood with lots of interesting places close by. Mercato is probably the main one along with Borough Market.

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The building is exceptional. Always someone on site to help you with your queries. 24/7 security guards makes you feel safe. With the Bring it installation you never loose a parcel or risk someone stealing it as you know it is safe and stored for you. Community nights with wine and cheese makes it easier to socialize and meet new people.

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I wish I knew it existed earlier so that I could have moved here earlier…

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

Yes straight away. All issues resolved in timely manner

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Hi there,

Thank you so much for your great review , we are so pleased you are happy in your home you are enjoying living in our neighbourhood and all that it has to offer. I am particularly pleased to read that the team have all been helpful and very responsive.

Kind Regards

Jane

Raglan House review

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Review Date Sep 2020

The area is not the most beautiful, and a lot of crime happens here. However, Elephant and Castle is close to everything and public transport gets you to literally everywhere from here.

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I personally really like the design of the interior in the flats. The staff working for getliving is very friendly. The communal garden is so convenient, especially for people with dogs. Getliving is a dog friendly company which os great.
One negative aspect is their parking, I don‘t understand why they do not rent out parking spots for people with a car. I would even pay for it, but they simply do not allow us to park our cars here, and it‘s difficult to find a safe place to park your car here.

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I wish i knew that you couldn‘t smoke on the balcony. But I quit smoking so all good now

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

They usually reply very quickly to your enquiries/ emails.

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4
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3
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Lovely flat in SE1

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Review Date Sep 2020

Elephant castle is undergoing a transformation and thus basic items like rubbish bins and tree plantings are encouraging quality living in the area. The soon demolition of the shopping centre will again only add value to the nearby properties. I for see continued improvements. What is a problem is the busy new kent road with one way system making exiting the area by road difficult. The lack of car parking available in the building also meant that there is a personal transport limitation on tenants but can be overcome by the great public transport links availble at our doorstep.

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The building itself is clean, modern and stylish. I believe the flats have a good decor, colour theme of grey with yellow hints is also enjoyable and trendy. The rooms came funrnished with great options including circular table and chairs, sofa and single arm chair and some bedroom fixtures.

I appreciate the kitchen design and use of light in the flat, the stylish fixtures and built in fridge and oven compliment the building to no end. The flooring is very nice and hard wearing. The heating elements work well.

I like the balcony size and the light that comes into the appartment.
The bedrroms are not huge but well sized for my taste and have a large wardrobe which provides great storage.

The bathroom is really a beautiful classy unit, which is the best selling point of the flat. There have been no issues in mine for my time here, and the sturdiness of fixtures provides a quality experience all round.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Probably about the lack of car parking space – so if you own a car you cant leave it elsewhere

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

very fast, effective and made a difference. The relationship managers are available and easily contactable when needed to resolve an issue

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Hi there,

Thank you so much for your great review , we are so pleased you are happy in your home and enjoying the quality of our apartments. We are delighted you are enjoying living in our neighbourhood and all that it has to offer. I am particularly pleased to read that the team have all been helpful and very responsive.

Kind Regards

Jane

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