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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A good investment for a new area

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Review Date Jun 2022

The area is improving so much particularly for the vast choice of new shops, bars and restaurants. However, the theft of phone by riders is still very common, followed by knife crimes.

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The whole development is becoming very astonishing. However, other residents and I were expecting much more green as shown in one of the digital picture taken from above. More over, it hasn’t been paying attention much to services like gym area (which is very small).

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The issue with the service change was quite annoying. The initial quote has shown to be completely underestimate.

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The management has responded well to any sort of problem, despite the fact that theft of parcel is still and ongoing situation.

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Peckham Place Review

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Review Date Jun 2022

Excellent transport links with everything you need in walking distance. Lot of thing to do in the local area.

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Build quality of the apartments was much higher than others we looked at before purchasing. They are also quite large compared to others in the market.

The build are also very energy efficient and have found our monthly bills for a large 2 bed being about the same as our previous 1 bed flat.

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Some issues are only covered from when the building is released, not when purchased so be aware of this. Might be something you can negotiate.

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Slow to respond but ultimately ended up getting resolved.

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Great location, well maintained building.

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Review Date Jun 2022

Great area, lots to see and do. Really central so great launchpad to get to other places in London. In addition lots of new shops and restaurants are coming all the time.

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The building is well designed, with spacious rooms and a lovely brick exterior. No concierge, but the plus side to this is a lower service charge. The flats are very energy efficient. The building management is ok can be slow sometimes but overall not bad.

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The location is pretty straightforward, but until you live here you don’t really know how central it is. And just how much is on your doorstep

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The issues have been resolved once notified so no complaints.

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Good value for money for Z1 apartments

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Review Date Jun 2022

Location of Elephant Central is great due to all the transportation links – train, tube and bus. Elephant Park is a nice area, good selection of cafes and restaurants, and nice open spaces.

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I like the modern design of the building, especially the reception areas. Having no gym for residents is one downside to the building. The two main Raglan receptionists are great and generally the maintenance teams are efficient. Overall the building is clean, and seems like common areas are regularly maintained.

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I wish we knew how loud the street noises would be, despite being on higher floors.

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Tickets raised for maintenance are normally handled quickly and effectively.

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