10 best places to live in South West London

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If there’s one thing South West London offers in abundance, it’s variety. From sporty Putney and leafy Wimbledon to buzzing Clapham and diverse Tooting, there’s plenty on offer in this popular corner of the capital. We take a closer look at the best places to live in South West London, according to resident reviews of new homes.

This Top 10 list is based on HomeViews reviews by verified residents. As with all our guides, developments with a higher number of reviews – or more recent reviews – are ranked higher to reflect consistency and transparency.

Top 10 new homes developments in South West London

Below you’ll find the 10 highest-rated new developments on HomeViews. These include properties to rent and buy, at a wide variety of price points. As always, these rankings are determined purely by the scores verified residents give as part of their reviews.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

1. Bloom Nine Elms, SW11

4.68 (30 reviews) 4.68 (30 reviews)
Area guide to Nine Elms
Image of Bloom Nine Elms, SW11

We have a newcomer taking the top spot for South West London’s best places to live. Bloom Nine Elms, by Greystar, is a collection of rental apartments located in Zone 1. Each apartment is pet-friendly and offers all the amenities you need for better living. Situated in south west London, Bloom Nine Elms has a collection of studio, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. Onsite amenities include a 24/7 gym, swimming pools, rooftop terraces, pet spa. Additionally, WFH in a dedicated co-working space or your choice of the resident lounges.

Read reviews and details of Bloom Nine Elms, SW11

2. The Lark, SW11

Allsop Letting and Management
4.23 (64 reviews) 4.23 (64 reviews)
Area guide to Nine Elms
Image of The Lark, SW11

Hovering in second place for South West London is The Lark, an Allsop Lettings and Management development situated in Nine Elms. Residents benefit from Nine Elms Park on their doorstep and a car-free pathway between Battersea Power Station and Vauxhall Cross. Additionally, Battersea Power Station is just a 5 minute walk away, and Vauxhall Station is 15 minutes away. Furthermore, the Lark offers a coworking space, a residents’ lounge, onsite parking, an onsite gym and pet friendly living spaces.

Read reviews and details of The Lark, SW11

3. Florence Dock, SW11

Folk Co-living, urbanbubble
4.32 (29 reviews) 4.32 (29 reviews)
Area guide to Borough of Wandsworth
Image of Florence Dock, SW11

Taking third it’s Florence Dock, the newest community too be delivered by the good folk at Folk. A few steps from the River Thames, Florence Dock is perfectly situated to enjoy all the city has to offer. Enjoy your own roomy studio apartment with access to huge shared spaces, including a cinema, co-working space and a fully-fitted gym and studio. Soak up the sunset with panoramic views of London from one of its five terraces, tuck yourself away with a good read in the Snug or sweat it out in the spinning studio.

Read reviews and details of Florence Dock, SW11

4. Embassy Gardens, SW8

EcoWorld, Ballymore Group
3.85 (127 reviews) 3.85 (127 reviews)
Area guide to Nine Elms
Image of Embassy Gardens, SW8

Embassy Gardens takes the fourth spot in our list. This mixed-use EcoWorld and Ballymore development features luxury apartments and commercial units designed by HAL Architects and Sir Terry Farrell CBE. It enjoys a prime setting within the waterfront Nine Elms district, close to the new US Embassy. In addition, the site is walkable from Vauxhall, Battersea and the in-construction Nine Elms stations. Likewise, it is close to the Southbank Centre and London Bridge.

Read reviews and details of Embassy Gardens, SW8

5. Battersea Power Station, SW8

Battersea Power Station Development Company
3.60 (74 reviews) 3.60 (74 reviews)
Area guide to Nine Elms
Image of Battersea Power Station, SW8

It’s history in the making at number 5. The Battersea Power Station development is a large-scale mixed-use scheme, transforming the iconic Grade II listed building and surrounding area with a mix of residential, commercial, office, hotel and cultural spaces. The riverside London development offers transport links via the Thames Clipper River Bus located next to the site and Victoria and Vauxhall Rail stations, both within a twenty-minute walking distance.

One happy resident says that their homelife experinece is like “Living with an icon of London.”

Read reviews and details of Battersea Power Station, SW8

6. Sunday Mills, SW18

Folk Co-living, urbanbubble
4.52 (24 reviews) 4.52 (24 reviews)
Area guide to Borough of Wandsworth
Image of Sunday Mills, SW18

Another newcomer hits the top 10. This time it’s Sunday Mills, which sits in the heart of Earlsfield. Perched along the peaceful River Wandle, it is just a 6-minute walk from Earlsfield Station. Sunday Mills offers private studio apartments and stylish shared spaces, including a co-working hub, cinema, a fully-fitted gym and a rooftop terrace with 360º panoramic views of London’s skyline. There’s is a schedule of events to get involved with, from puppy yoga to pizza-making, so you can learn something new and and meet your neighbours.

Read reviews and details of Sunday Mills, SW18

7. Coda, SW11

4.69 (11 reviews) 4.69 (11 reviews)
Area guide to Borough of Wandsworth
Image of Coda, SW11

In seventh place is the steadily rising Coda, one of the newest developments in the area, delivered by Avanton. It’s located next to the Thames in Battersea and is also home to the Royal Academy of Dance. Not only is it a smart addition to the Battersea skyline, the stylishness of the design is present all the way through the development and through the communal facilities (including gym, lounge and dedicated home working spaces) and individual homes.

Read reviews and details of Coda, SW11

8. Emerald Gardens, TW9

Taylor Wimpey
4.57 (12 reviews) 4.57 (12 reviews)
Area guide to Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Image of Emerald Gardens, TW9

Emerald Gardens by Taylor Wimpey is a development comprising 170 apartments with one-three bedroom configurations available. It’s been steadily climbing our rankings and now hits eighth place. Located only moments away from the River Thames, the development is less than a 20-minute walk from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. There are also convenient transport links, with Kew Gardens station only a 10-minute walk away, offering connections to various Overground services.

Read reviews and details of Emerald Gardens, TW9

9. London Square Putney, SW15

London Square
4.52 (19 reviews) 4.52 (19 reviews)
Area guide to Putney
Image of London Square Putney, SW15

Ninth place in our top 10 goes to London Square Putney – another improvement reflecting our residents’ reviews. This new build development in popular Putney was developed by London Square and designed by signature architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. It comprises one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses and has an excellent location positioned between Putney Mainline and East Putney stations, just a short walk away from Putney High Street on popular Upper Richmond Road.

Read reviews and details of London Square Putney, SW15

10. Nine Elms Point, SW8

Barratt London
4.50 (20 reviews) 4.50 (20 reviews)
Area guide to Nine Elms
Image of Nine Elms Point, SW8

We’ve come full circle, since our tenth top-ranked development is also in Nine Elms. Nine Elms Point, a development by Barratt Homes is a new residential, cultural and business quarter. 648 homes are located within the space, comprising one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses. The development is adjacent to Vauxhall Underground, bus and rail station, offering rapid access to Oxford Circus via the Victoria Line and Waterloo via the Overground.

Read reviews and details of Nine Elms Point, SW8

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South West London areas

‘There’s something for everyone’ is a phrase that’s casually thrown around in property markets. In the case of South West London though, it’s actually true. The likes of Brixton and Clapham are bright, culturally vibrant areas with a diverse range of entertainment options and amenities. Meanwhile, the likes of Wandsworth and Richmond-upon-Thames offer that elusive sense of tranquillity that’s not easy to find in London.

Whatever your preferences in home styles and sizes, whatever your budget, whatever you want out of life in the capital, there will be a South West London area that’s right for you.

Living in South West London

Depending on where you are in this varied quarter of the capital, your lifestyle might be hectic or serene. You can plunge into busy high streets and thumping nightlife, or enjoy peaceful evening strolls in leafy suburbs. South West London really does have it all.

What unifies the South West London living experience is accessibility. It’s well-served by Tube and bus routes, and this is improving further as TfL plans additional expansion works. Another common factor is the excellent food scene that is only getting stronger and more diverse.

What to do in South West London

The first thing to enjoy in South West London is its wide open green spaces. From the simply stunning botanical beauty on display at Kew Gardens to the teeming deer running through Richmond Park, South West London is a haven for nature-based adventures.

In addition to its open green space, the sweep of the Thames is an open invitation to cycling enthusiasts. South West London’s many scenic trails and parks are also a major draw.

Another of South West London’s biggest draws is its vibrant food scene. It’s actually hard to know where to start when you have this much choice. The many riverside pubs offer outstanding casual bites with drinks, while gastropubs abound further south, or why not try sensational street food in Brixton and Clapham, or even Little Korea in New Malden?

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Property prices for South West London

South West London is a pricey part of London in which to hunt for property. In the 12 months to February 2024, the average house price for the area stood at £1,081,000, according to Zoopla. This places South West London prices significantly higher than the London average of around £736,000.

Don’t expect to find cheap options in this desirable part of the capital. Even though house prices did fall in 2023, it looks like 2024 will be a stabilising year for London and UK property markets.

You can find out more and explore all of South West London’s best-rated new developments in our full area guide below.

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