Located to the south of the river, South East London is home to around 1.3 million people. Comprised of the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham, and Southwark, this particular part of the capital has undergone far-reaching regeneration over the last 10-15 years, boosting the local economy and supporting the growth and development of London’s burgeoning cultural scene in the process.
Property prices here are certainly more reasonable than other parts of the city, cementing its reputation as a great place for young professionals and families alike to call home.
And there’s a lot to be enjoyed in this most historic part of London: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Tower Bridge to name but a few of the highlights. But this is also modern London at its finest. The Shard stands tall and proud as Western Europe’s largest building, while The London Eye majestically goes about its business on the banks of the river.
One thing’s for sure: living in South East London will never be boring. So, let’s take a look at a few of our favourite places in this bustling and vibrant part of The Big Smoke.
Location, Location, Location
Renting in South East London places you in a well-connected transport hub. With around ten tube stations running along the Northern, Jubilee, and East London lines, enjoying direct connections to and from Whitechapel, Bank, Baker Street, and Stratford, it’s a commuters dream.
All of the Boroughs in the south east are served by the Underground network, apart from Bromley and Bexley, who are among the six London Boroughs not to have at least one Underground station within their boundaries. But there are alternatives, including regular buses, Overground connections, and a river bus.
Step Into The Triangle
If you’re looking for somewhere with terrific transport connections, a decent proximity to the city centre, and breathtaking views across London, then look no further than Crystal Palace.
With streets of independent bars, cafes, and shops, this is an up and coming part of the city that is coming into its own. Named for Sir Joseph Paxton’s magnificent (and no longer standing) cast-iron and plate-glass exhibition space in Hyde Park, Crystal Palace is an ideal pick for families moving to the big city.
Encompassing Bromley, Croydon, Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth, this lovely residential area has everything you could ever ask of a city suburb. Cost of living is relatively low, there’s a good amount of amenities in the immediate vicinity, not to mention three primary schools and one secondary school.
And thanks to the ‘Crystal Palace Triangle’, you’ll never be short of things to do. Formed by Westow Street, Westow Hill and Church Road, the Triangle is home to a number of gastropubs, restaurants, independent shops, an indoor secondhand market, and a farmer's market on Haynes Lane. There’s also a range of vintage furniture and clothing stores, as well as a few galleries and arts and crafts shops.
Long live Hooky Street
Synonymous with the Trotter’s quest for wealth and prosperity, Peckham is today so much more than the setting of the much loved Only Fools and Horses.
Thanks to EU funding, the past decade has seen the area emerge from its gang culture reputation and become transformed into one of London’s coolest and trendiest areas.
But that isn’t to say that it’s become sterilised and gentrified. With a healthy multicultural society, it is easily one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the capital, and it boasts a number of creative industries, who are successfully tapping into the bohemian atmosphere.
Peckham is something of a foodie-heaven, with restaurants and bars serving up mouthwatering fare from around the globe. And the weekend all day brunch at No67 is probably worth moving for alone!
This remains a relatively affordable part of London, but that’s prone to change as its reputation grows. You may need to move quick to call Peckham home.
Making the move to South East London? You have to check out Crystal Palace and Peckham.
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