10 best places to live in South West London

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Variety – that’s what South West London has to offer in a nutshell. 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 is the case with all our guides, developments with a greater number of reviews – or more recent reviews – are ranked higher to reflect consistency and transparency.

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 local 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.

South West London postcodes

The South Western London areas include the postcode districts SW1–SW10. Also, the once Battersea-headquartered area consists of the postcode districts SW11–SW20. Together, this covers the local authority areas of the City of Westminster, Croydon, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth. 

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 will only improve under proposed TfL expansion plans. Another common factor is the excellent food scene that is only getting stronger and more diverse.

Things to do in South West London

Revel in nature: 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.

Get on your bike: 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.

Take in the food scene: It’s hard to know where to start when you have this much choice. The many riverside pubs offer outstanding casual bites with drinks, and gastropubs abound further south. Or why not try sensational street food in Brixton and Clapham, or even Little Korea in New Malden?

Property in South West London

South West London is a pricey part of London in which to hunt for property. In December 2021, the average house price for the area stood at £975,000, according to Zoopla. This represents a rise of 1.60% in the past three months, but only a 0.76% rise for 2021 overall. This is broadly in line with the stabilisation of the London property market as the pandemic situation normalises.

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 to buy, and 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. Uncle Stockwell, SW8

Uncle – Realstar Living
4.64 (13 reviews) 4.64 (13 reviews)
Area guide to Nine Elms

Our top development for the area is Uncle Stockwell, a relaible favourite. Stockwell is an excellent example of South West London’s overall accessibililty and variety. Uncle Stockwell itself is a superb rental-only development that combines a great range of facilities (gym, concierge, laundry and more) with caring, friendly staff who regularly get glowing reports from our reviewers.

Read reviews and details of Uncle Stockwell, SW8

2. Junction House, SW11

Taylor Wimpey
4.48 (12 reviews) 4.48 (12 reviews)
Area guide to Wandsworth

In second place, about 100 metres from Clapham Junction Station, Junction House is your convenient gateway to the rest of South West London and indeed the rest of the capital. Residents here love the concierge staff, peaceful roof terrace and the high-quality finish present across the 1-3-bedroom apartments.

Read reviews and details of Junction House, SW11

3. Charter Place, TW3

4.45 (64 reviews) 4.45 (64 reviews)
Area guide to West London
Image of Charter Place, TW3

In 3rd, Charter Place is an INSTRATA Lifestyle Residence, managed by Greystar. It features a collection of studios and 1-3-bedroom rental homes. Residents have access to an onsite gym, lounge, a private dining room, and co-working spaces. In addition, Charter Place is only a short walk away from Hounslow East Underground station.

Read reviews and details of Charter Place, TW3

4. Wimbledon Grounds, SW17

Galliard Homes
4.35 (14 reviews) 4.35 (14 reviews)
Area guide to Wandsworth

Next up is Wimbledon Grounds, by Galliard Homes, which offers more than 600 homes including shared ownership housing options from Catalyst. This development is getting a lot of positive attention and reviews for the sense of community that is being built here, as it is well served by leisure and retail spaces. Residents also have good transport links to central London, alongside with easy access to everything that Wimbledon has to offer.

Read reviews and details of Wimbledon Grounds, SW17

5. Fortescue Gardens, SW19

Clarion Housing
4.26 (16 reviews) 4.26 (16 reviews)
Area guide to South West London
Fortescue Gardens new development

And now for the middle spot on our South West London list, Fortescue Gardens is a residential development by Clarion, situated in Merton and adjacent to the Myrna Close Nature Reserve. Residents are big fans of its stylish design, and its many security features across the development and for individual homes.

Read reviews and details of Fortescue Gardens, SW19

6. Battersea Exchange, SW8

Taylor Wimpey
4.02 (40 reviews) 4.02 (40 reviews)
Area guide to Nine Elms
Image of Battersea Exchange, SW8

In 6th, Battersea Exchange is a large, mixed-use development built by Taylor Wimpey and managed by Cushman & Wakefield. Its 290 apartments have been launched across multiple phases, with the final phase delivered in 2019. The site is home to a primary school and a selection of commercial units (which are still growing), and it’s an easy walk from Battersea Park and Queenstown Road stations. Residents have plenty of nice things to say about the look, feel and overall community atmosphere here in one of the area’s newest developments.

Read reviews and details of Battersea Exchange, SW8

7. Embassy Gardens, SW8

EcoWorld, Ballymore Group
3.87 (80 reviews) 3.87 (80 reviews)
Area guide to Nine Elms
Image of Embassy Gardens, SW8

Embassy Gardens is a mixed-use EcoWorld and Ballymore development, featuring 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

8. The Residence Private Rental by L&Q , SW8

3.63 (21 reviews) 3.63 (21 reviews)
Area guide to Nine Elms
Image of The Residence Private Rental by L&Q , SW8

Our 8th position goes to L&Q, who have bought and operate a collection of well-appointed 1-3-bedroom apartments at the Residence development in the regenerated Nine Elms area. At the Residence, tenants can enjoy access to a residents-only roof garden, as well as membership to a private gym, also located on site. The Residence is right opposite the new American Embassy and is within easy walking distance of Vauxhall Underground.

Read reviews and details of The Residence Private Rental by L&Q , SW8

9. Coda, SW11

4.68 (9 reviews) 4.68 (9 reviews)
Area guide to Wandsworth

Taking 9th place, Coda is one of the newest developments in the area, delivered by Avanton. Its 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

10. Emerald Gardens, TW9

Taylor Wimpey
4.57 (12 reviews) 4.57 (12 reviews)
Area guide to Richmond Upon Thames
Emerald Gardens development

Finally, in 10th place, Emerald Gardens by Taylor Wimpey is a development comprising 170 apartments with 1-3 bedroom configurations available. 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

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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