10 best places to live in South West London

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

Average prices hover around the £570,000 mark on property for sale in South West London. To rent, you’ll find average monthly rates of around £900-£920 – an 8% rise compared to early 2020. For more detailed rental prices by area, you can use the gov.uk London rents map tool.

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.

Top 10 new homes developments in South West London

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

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

About 100 metres Clapham Junction Station, Junction House is your convenient gateway to the rest of South West London and indeed the rest of the capital. Residents love the concierge staff, peaceful roof terrace and the high-quality finish through the one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

Read reviews and details of Junction House, SW11

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4.23 (66 reviews)

Residents love Keybridge’s high-spec facilities, particularly the inviting swimming pool. The smart, contemporary design of the flats get a big thumbs up, and the friendly concierge staff receive no shortage of compliments. Keybridge is well situated in bustling Vauxhall, with the railway station only a short walk away.

Read reviews and details of Keybridge, SW8

It may have taken a while, but the transformation of this iconic Grade II listed building that dominates the area has been worth the wait. The Batterea Power station development is a large-scale, mixed-use affair, and the well-designed and equipped apartments are surrounded by amenities including an on-site gym, pool, cinema, supermarket, restaurants and more. If you want to live comfortably within a part of London history, this is the way to go!

Read reviews and details of Battersea Power Station, SW8

Another rental-only development, Exchange Gardens is frequently described as offering apartments with exceptional furnishings and overall build quality, with communal facilities to match. Extra praise is lavished on the super-smart pool and sauna. Situated next to the Keybridge development, Exchange Gardens residents can also make use of many of its facilities, and are similarly close to Vauxhall’s centre of gravity.

Read reviews and details of Exchange Gardens by A2Dominion Rental Only, SW8

As the name suggests, the views of Wandsworth from apartments in this development are delightful. Light, breezy and with plenty of communal facilities to take full advantage of, The Viewpoint is a great place to live before you even consider stepping out your own front door. Once you do, the attractive York Gardens are on your doorstep, and Clapham Junction is just a 10-minute walk away.

Read reviews and details of The Viewpoint, SW11

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’s got 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

Nearing the end of our list is The Residence, developed by Bellway Homes and designed by GRID Architects. It’s a collection of well-appointed one, two and three-bedroom apartments in the regenerated Nine Elms neighbourhood. It’s also right opposite the new American Embassy and lies within easy walking distance of Vauxhall Underground.

Read reviews and details of The Residence, SW8

Finally, at number 10 we have Tolworth Square. A relative newcomer to the top end of our listed developments, Tolworth Square has been steadily gaining approval from residents thanks to the quality design and finish of its one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as three and four-bedroom houses that are on offer. They also like the easy access to local shops and restaurants, and the convenience of being close to Surbiton Station.

Read reviews and details of Tolworth Square, KT6

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

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