Live the South London life
From well-known property hotspots to hidden gems, South London has a vast array of neighbourhoods, towns and areas spreading right from the centre of the capital out towards the M25 boundary. Wherever you’re centering your property search on, make sure you take a look at schemes such as the Government’s London Help to Buy initiative, where you could buy a new home with just a 5% deposit and 55% mortgage.
Things to see and do in South London
South London starts at the South Bank area, where you’ll find a vibrant scene along the Thames. You’ll also find top cultural attractions such as the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Southbank Centre, as well as monuments such as the Shard. Gain a new perspective of the capital from the London Eye, go shopping at Borough Market and enjoy the views of iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster across the river.
Moving south through the region opens up a wider array of natural spaces, including Brockwell Park with its flower gardens, playgrounds, sports facilities and lido. You can hire bikes, rowing boats and pedalos at Dulwich Park, which has a boating lake, while Clapham Common, Tooting Bec Common and Mitcham Common are further green spaces to enjoy.
There’s a huge number of excellent schools the length and breadth of South London. Towns like Croydon have highly-regarded primaries such as Heathfield Academy, while Clapham Manor Primary, Sudbourne Primary in Brixton and Southwark’s Charles Dickens Primary are all rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
There are lots of secondary schools in the education board’s highest band too. This includes a range of Harris Academies in southern spots like Croydon, South Norwood and Purley, as well as the Charter School North Dulwich, Sacred Heart Catholic School in Camberwell and Oasis Academy South Bank further north.
South London transport links
There are only around 30 Underground stations across the whole of South London, compared to more than 250 north of the River Thames. This is down to the capital’s historical and geographical background, meaning Overground and Thameslink connections are much more prevalent in South London.
This doesn’t mean the region suffers from poor commuting times though. You can catch trains to Victoria from southerly Croydon, for example, in less than 20 minutes, while it’s only a few more minutes to get to Waterloo. There are also lots of buses you can use to get around, while many local councils promote green and sustainable forms of travel to encourage more walking and cycling.
The South London property scene
From Catford to Clapham and from Purley to Sutton, Southwark and Croydon, there are properties to suit all kinds of tastes and budgets across South London. As a general overview, property prices are lower than the London average, but affordability really depends on which area you look at.
You can find great value apartments which compromise nothing in terms of style and modern comfort in places like Wallington, thanks to developments such as our New Mill Quarter Complex. And when you buy your new home through us, you could also take advantage of brilliant offers like our stress-free Movemaker scheme.