The best places to live in South London

Looking for an area in London that is bursting with culture, things to do, and green spaces? If so, then South London could be ideal for you. South London is a broad term, but it essentially means anywhere south of the River Thames. Some people may be put off by the area because the underground doesn’t service it quite as well as North London. However, the overground and buses make it very easy to get around, so don’t worry about not getting home after a late night in Soho! Below are our choices of some of South London’s best neighbourhoods to live in, taking into account accessibility, facilities, and what each area has to offer.


If you like creative spaces, quirky bars, and bustling markets, Brixton could be the place for you. The area has enjoyed a bit of a makeover in recent years, but has avoided many of the pitfalls of gentrification. This has meant cheaper house prices whilst still retaining its unique character. Brixton is a vibrant area playing host to people of all backgrounds, with families and young professionals alike calling it home. It’s one of the better-connected areas too, thanks to convenient connections to both Central and North London provided by the Victoria Line. Brixton also has several ‘outstanding’ rated primary and secondary schools close by. Brixton is still very much an up-and-coming area, but its future is looking bright and increasingly trendy.

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Clapham is one of London’s most popular areas, in part down to the plentiful green spaces and picturesque landscape. Clapham offers all the amenities you’d need too, with leisure centres, restaurants, and a plethora of shops (including tons of independent outlets) to discover. Its high street and proximity to the beautiful 200-acre Battersea Park are also major attractions for the area. Victorian and Georgian properties are common in this location, with many having been converted into characterful flats. That said, there are still plenty available as complete properties. Transport and connections are good in this area, with the overground line and buses running frequently, ensuring commuting time is kept to a minimum (roughly 30-minutes from Clapham Junction to Central London). Clapham also has a great deal to offer in terms of schools, with several top-rated primary and secondary schools located in the area.

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Deptford is South London’s more affordable answer to Camden and Shoreditch. If a creative atmosphere brimming with artistic outlets appeals to you, then Deptford will be right up your street! The area’s bohemian vibe is definitely reinforced by the students from Goldsmiths University, who also contribute to a bustling nightlife. In terms of transport, Deptford is well connected, with the DLR and overground lines getting you into Central London in just 10 minutes. New Cross Station is only a short walk away too. Home to a wide range of local businesses, great restaurants, and highly recommended pubs, Deptford has become one of the most sought-after places to live in South London.

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Greenwich is probably the closest you’ll come to living in a quaint, coastal village with all the perks and entertainment of London on your doorstep. There is a real maritime feeling to this neighbourhood, thanks to the wide stretch of water, the flowery gardens, and plentiful tea rooms. Greenwich is home to famous sights such as the Cutty Sark (a 19th-century ship), the Royal Observatory, and the O2 stadium. It is also ideal for commuters travelling to Central London, with a journey time of roughly 25 minutes. A truly stunning area, Greenwich is perfect for families, young professionals, and those seeking a quieter way of life in the capital.

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