5 best places to live on the South Bank

The South Bank is one of London’s most recognisable areas, packed with iconic tourist attractions and cultural hotspots. If you’re looking for some of the best new developments in the area, this is the place to start. Through the ratings of verified residents on HomeViews, we can show you the 5 best places to live on the South Bank.

Living on the South Bank – What can you expect?

The South Bank is smart, busy and full of things to do. It stretches from Blackfriars Bridge at its eastern end to Westminster Bridge in the west. Living here puts you within easy reach of many of London’s best shopping, dining, nightlife and entertainment options. These range from big-name attractions like the London Eye, Tate Modern and National Theatre, to a near endless supply pub, club, bar and restaurant choices.

Getting around the South Bank is easy too. It’s a pleasure to walk around, but there’s excellent public transport coverage. Waterloo Station is on the South Bank itself, and three other main railway stations are nearby. These are Charing Cross, Blackfriars and London Bridge.

As for the Underground, Waterloo, Blackfriars, Westminster, Embankment, Temple, Southwark and Lambeth North Stations are dotted across the area. Bus links are also plentiful here.

Average property prices on the South Bank

Flats are the overwhelming property type available on the South Bank. You won’t find any big detached houses with gardens here, but there’s a wide range of apartments and some terraced housing.

Prices are, understandably, very high across the area due to its desirable location. In August 2021, the average price for property for the South Bank stood at around £980,000. Flats tend to go for around £700,000 on average. This represents a fall of around 5% compared to the same time last year.

If you want to rent property on the South Bank, expect to pay around £680 per week. Again, this is high compared to the London average of £390 per week. But, the quality of property is also almost universally high in this area. Most flats enjoy excellent access to the area’s amenities and great views of the River Thames.

5 best places to live on the South Bank

Now it’s time to see what HomeViews reviewers have to say about the South Bank’s new property prospects today. The following list is based purely on their feedback about their own homes, in the form of 1-5-star rankings.

*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.

Residents’ number-one rated development on the South Bank is the Whitehouse Apartments, situated opposite the Royal Festival Hall. There’s a selection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments here, and the development itself is within a four-minute walk of Waterloo Station and all its transport links. Residents on site can also enjoy rooftop gardens and a health and fitness suite.

Read reviews and details of The Whitehouse Apartments, SE1

4.54 (7 reviews)
4.54 (7 reviews)

At number two, The Dumont is a mixed-use St James development which overlooks the River Thames. It’s home to a selection of studios and one to four-bedroom apartments. Vauxhall, the nearest station, offers brilliant links to the City via National Rail services and the Victoria line.

Read reviews and details of The Dumont, SE1

Merely a 30-second walk from Southwark Station, The Music Box is a new 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 – home to the Old Vic and New Vic theatres.

Read reviews and details of The Music Box, SE1

Next up, Twist by L&Q comprises 28 apartments within a 4-storey building. Completed in 2014, the development is just 15 minutes’ walk from London Bridge Station. Residents here also benefit from a central location, close to a wide variety of local amenities as well as being close to key working districts.

Read reviews and details of Twist House, Private Rental by L&Q , SE1

And finally, at number five we have One Tower Bridge. This is a mixed-use development from Berkeley Homes, offering a selection of 355 luxurious apartments and penthouses designed by Squires and Partners. The development is nicely positioned at the foot of Tower Bridge and sits just opposite the Tower of London, offering excellent views of both the Tower and the river. As well as the location, residents also love the swimming pool, gym & spa that are all on their doorstep.

Read reviews and details of One Tower Bridge, SE1

If this quick look at some of the best new developments on the South Bank has inspired you to explore the area further, take a look at our area guide. This will give you more information on what it’s like to live here, and even more developments to buy or rent in South Bank.

Known as London’s Cultural Heart, the riverside neighbourhood of South Bank calls the Thames’ southern shores home, and is sandwiched between Westminster Bridge and London Bridge. It’s a place to move to if you like lots going on and, with its plethora of famous Read more about South Bank

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