Our South London Area Guide

Are you thinking of moving to South London? Then it’s important to learn more about the area.  South London area possess, as expected, a city life vibe with plenty of attractions and things to do.  Also, offers job opportunities, a wide range of well rated schools, as well as the rural life advantages, with an abundance of green space and quieter zones. 

South East London offers anything from historic riverside landscapes to the quintessentially English town ones, such of Hayes.  South East London is probably the most diverse region from London, with important historical landmarks and an abundance of green space, is the perfect place for young professionals.

Clapham has become one of the most vibrant areas for renters in last couple of years. The variety of pubs, bars and restaurants and the Clapham Common makes this area the ideal spot hanging out with your friends or to enjoy some peace and quiet with your family.

The Clapham North and Clapham Junction areas are home to a younger community; has great transport links which is ideal to get into Central London within minutes. You’ll also benefit from the bustling Clapham High Street  with its Saturday’s food markets.

clapham high street showing houses and trees

For those looking to escape the busyness of the city, Greenwich is a leafy retreat in comparison to many of London’s more hectic areas offering green spaces, history, culture and a Cotswolds town vibe. Has good commute links, being just 8-minute from Canary Wharf and a 14-minute commute to the City via Cannon Street station.

Right on the banks of the Thames, you’ll be treated to some of the prettiest views of London – yours to enjoy in a riverside bar or perhaps from your brand new apartment in Union Wharf. Greenwich Park (one of London’s biggest Royal Parks) makes for the ideal running, picnicking and dog-walking spot; or enjoy the many delights of Greenwich Market and the mix of traditional pubs, luxury restaurants and bars.

In past couple of years, Brixton has attracted more and more people, due to its growing artistic and musical offers. It offers one of South London’s more lively atmospheres, perfect for those wanting a more vibrant nightlife style.

Located along the Victoria line, you can benefit from good transport connections to Central and North London. You’ll also have plenty of trendy hangouts right within minutes of your doorstep: chic cafés, conic Ritzy Picturehouse, or you can wander the stalls at Brixton Market for some of the best food choices.

Crystal Palace offers a nice mix of social haunts with more of a small-town feel making it the perfect choice for a young professional audience. ‘The Triangle’ is your choice when comes to trendy pubs, cool cafés, and unique independent boutiques.

This hilly area is also home to Crystal Palace Park whose beautiful gardens offer a tranquil spot to unwind. Also, you’ll benefit of the National Sports Centre, one of the biggest centres in London. Although a little further out, Crystal Palace offers good Overground transport links into the both Victoria and London Bridge.

Often underrated, Peckham has a vibrant art scene and a cooler, relaxed vibe in comparison to some other areas. Much like Brixton, the area has grown into a bohemian hotspot. The area benefits from a number of period-property conversions into modern apartments, as well as the pictorial Peckham Rye Park.

Peckham is well served by trains and buses; you can take a train from Peckham Rye or Queens Road Peckham and in just 15 to 20 minutes you will be at Victoria.

wandsworth river view showing modern apartments

Characterized by new built modern riverside apartments alongside leafy Victorian and Edwardian houses, Wandsworth in South West London became an hot spot for many young families. You will have a mix of boutiques, stylish pubs, and independent cafés, all offering picturesque views over the river.

The area has one main Tube station: East Putney on the District Line, which is about a 25-minute walk from the centre of Wandsworth. But you’ll be able to hop on a National Rail train from Wandsworth Town for a 15-minute journey into Waterloo.

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Among South London’s most up-and-coming areas, Herne Hill has grown in popularity over the last few years due to its strong transport links, having a quick 10-minute commute into Victoria.

Herne Hill also delivers a good mix of green spaces and social hangouts. Brockwell Park is the ideal spot for those with an active lifestyle or for dog lovers. Also, worth mentioning that Brockwell Lido, one of London’s most popular outdoor pools, is there, ideal place for a summer dip.  

It may be associated with its famous tennis club, but Wimbledon is also a popular place to live in South London; especially for young families. This area has plenty to offer,  such as quiet, leafy areas to unwind, as well as a host of multicultural restaurants, cafes or nightlife ventures.

You can expect premium property prices comparable to more central locations like Clapham and Putney, but Wimbledon charms with its residential boulevards, rural vibe and the Wimbledon Common area. Has good commute links too: the District Line via Wimbledon Park or Southfields station, or the Northern Line via South Wimbledon station.

In South London, during the last year, a flat was sold with an average selling price of £440,000. Terraced properties had an average selling price of £540,000. Semi-detached properties sold for £534,500 on average. Detached properties fetched an average of £634,000 (Source: Land Registry)

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Written by Danil P.
29th Aug 2021 (Last updated on 9th Mar 2023)
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