The borough of Southwark is right in the heart of London on the south side of the Thames. It covers a great mix of areas, from lively Elephant and Castle to the ultra-smart riverside sweep of the South Bank. If you want to find some of the best places to live in Southwark, verified resident reviewers on HomeViews can point you in the right direction.
Living in Southwark – What can you expect?
Given its variety, there really is something for everyone in Southwark. If you’re a young professional looking for the next London trends, Peckham and Elephant and Castle are a great choice. The South Bank has some of the best river views, shopping and dining experiences in the capital. While East Dulwich and Bermondsey offer a more tranquil, suburban lifestyle.
There are plenty of big-ticket cultural and entertainment attractions here too. The Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the beloved Borough Market are just a couple of Southwark’s highlights.
As for getting around, Southwark is extremely well connected to London’s transport network. Four main stations serve the borough – London Bridge, Southwark, Borough and Elephant and Castle. All of them offer both National Rail and Underground train services.
Southwark also offers easy access to good schooling; currently there are 33 ‘outstanding’ Ofsted-ranked schools in the borough.
Average property prices in Southwark
Like its districts, Southwark also offers a wide variety of property types to buyers and renters. For those with a big budget, the South Bank has many of the most impressive, ultra-modern riverside apartments in the city. If you want more space, look further south towards the Elephant and Castle and Bermondsey for terraced and semi-detached houses.
Average property prices in Southwark are high but decidedly more competitive than across the river in Westminster. The house price average for the borough over the past 12 months was around £710,000. However, there is a big price range by area to factor in, as this average is dragged up by expensive South Bank property.
For those looking to rent in Southwark, expect to pay around £585 per week. Again, there’s plenty of variety on price for rental properties here, with weekly rates ranging from £275-1,500.
10 best places to live in Southwark
Now you have a good overview of what this exciting borough can offer, it’s time to take a closer look. The following list includes some of the best new developments in Southwark, as rated by reviewers on HomeViews.
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At the top of the ratings list we find Elephant Central by Get Living, located right in the heart of London’s Elephant & Castle. It’s a Zone 1 location with great connections to the City, Oxford Circus, King’s Cross and walking distance to London Bridge, Borough and the South Bank. There’s a mix of, one-to-three-bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses available fully-furnished, with superfast WiFi included and pet friendly. Residents have access to a Club Lounge and kitchen, as well as the Sky Courtyard. There’s also a Sainsbury’s and Gymbox right on the doorstep.
4.30 (12 reviews)
4.30 (12 reviews)
At number two it’s Peckham Place, by Notting Hill Genesis, which sits on Queen’s Road, Peckham. Comprising 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes, residents here benefit from communal gardens, private balconies and great transport links. As well as this, the development is near to the bustling high street, which is filled with shops, cafés and rooftop bars.
3.83 (22 reviews)
3.83 (22 reviews)
In third place we have Manor Place Depot, a new-build development run by Notting Hill Genesis. There are nearly 270 homes at this Elephant and Castle base, a large number of which are available under Shared Ownership and for social rent. Convenient nearby transport links come courtesy of the Northern Line at Kennington tube station, and the Bakerloo Line and National Rail services at Elephant and Castle Station.
4.56 (12 reviews)
4.56 (12 reviews)
Now we move out towards the Surrey Quays area of London Docklands to find Marine Wharf West at number four. This is a residential development from The Berkeley Group, and its apartments are separated by landscaped grounds. It’s also close to the River Thames and London’s largest working marina – South Dock, which makes for some lovely views. London City Airport, Surrey Quays Station and the Thames Clipper riverbus services are all conveniently close by.
We have a relative newcomer at number five. Just a 30-second walk from Southwark Station, The Music Box is a residential development made up of one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The building is just a stone’s throw from the Tate Modern and the River Thames, as well as The Cut – which is home to the Old Vic and New Vic theatres.
And it’s back to Elephant and Castle again for number six. This shows the appeal of the area as one of Southwark’s more versatile and engaging districts. One the Elephant is a Lendlease development comprising 284 apartments built across 37 storeys. These homes range from studios to 3-bedroom apartments, most of which contain private balconies. The development is situated just a 3-minute walk from the station, which serves the Northern and Bakerloo lines.
As you might have guessed from the name, Elephant Park secures yet another spot on our list for Elephant and Castle. A large-scale regeneration project, Elephant Park by Lendlease is a mixed-use development which features 3,000 new homes alongside a wide range of new shops, restaurants and cafes. It is the UK’s first climate-positive development, which includes an on-site Energy Hub to provide ‘net-zero carbon’ heat and hot water to all the homes at Elephant Park.
At number eight, Wood’s Road is a modern, residential development by Surrey-based housebuilder Crest Nicholson. It’s got an enviable central spot in Peckham, close to the Queens Road and Peckham Rye stations for links to the likes of London Bridge and London Victoria. There are one, two and three-bedroom apartments available here, most of which offer excellent views of the 02 Arena and Canary Wharf.
As we come close to the end of the list, Porter’s Edge secures a place for Canada Water. The development features a mix of studios and one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments alongside office spaces, retail units, a cinema and a health centre. The development itself is located only a 2-minute’ walk away from Canada Water Station, which has links to the Jubilee Line and Overground services.
And for our final entry we have Strata, a Brookfield Multiplex development which offers 408 apartments in a 43-storey building. Apartments come in studio, one, two and three-bedroom arrangements. The building also features plenty of retail space and restaurants for residents’ convenience. It’s also well located to allow residents to enjoy Southwark and the wider area, as it’s just a 4-minute walk from the Elephant & Castle tube station.
This list only scratches the surface of what Southwark has to offer. If you want to know more about this diverse and attractive London borough, check out our Southwark area guide. Here you’ll find tips on the foodie hotspots, cultural attractions, and other upcoming property developments in Southwark.
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