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The Best Areas to Live in South East London – SE Postcodes

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If you’re thinking of moving south of the river, there’s a lot to love in south east London. It can be difficult to know where to base yourself, so we’ve outlined some of the best areas to live in the south east.
 

Greenwich

Greenwich is just 5 miles from central London, but living in Greenwich, you’ll feel like you’re in a rural village thanks to the close-knit community that’s been built up in this Royal Borough. It’s a peaceful place to buy a house, yet it’s in zone 2, making it the perfect location for commuters to the City. There’s no tube station in Greenwich, but there are good bus links, and the Docklands Light Railway, which takes just 22 minutes to reach Bank station.

There are plenty of attractions in Greenwich, including the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark and the O2, formerly the Millennium Dome – but the area never feels like it’s crowded with tourists. You’ll find huge Victorian houses in Greenwich as well as more affordable terraces and modern apartment developments.
 

Herne Hill

Herne Hill is popular with families and young professionals, thanks to its proximity to the city centre, leafy green spaces and good schools. Brockwell Park is always busy with dog walkers, joggers and keen swimmers who come to use Brockwell Lido. It’s just 5 miles from central London, making it quick and convenient to get into the city centre for work, shopping or leisure.

Houses in the area are mostly Victorian and Edwardian period properties, as well as some houses from the 1920s. You’ll find a good mixture of houses and flats in the area, so there’s something to suit everyone from first time buyers to families looking to upgrade to a property with a little more space.
 

Peckham

Funding and redevelopment over the past decade has transformed Peckham for a rough-and-ready part of SE London to one of the coolest areas in the city. It’s popular with young professionals who move to the area for the great nightlife, multicultural society and thriving creative scene.

Peckham sits within the borough of Southwark, just 3.5 miles away from central London. The area isn’t served by the tube, but there are plenty of good bus routes which will take you to central London and beyond, including several night buses. There are also overground stations running through Peckham, so you’ll never be stuck for transport options.
 

Rotherhithe

Part of the borough of Southwark, Rotherhithe sits on a peninsula on the south bank of the Thames, and is just under 3 miles south east of Charing Cross. Rotherhithe has a long history as a port, and it’s where The Mayflower sailed from in 1620. Today, The Mayflower is the name of the oldest pub on the banks of the Thames, which you can also find in Rotherhithe.

There are a variety of housing options in the area, including converted warehouses, which were formerly key to the shipping industry. There are also period Georgian properties, which once housed the local dock workers, or if you prefer new builds, there are a number of luxury apartment developments in the area, with stunning views over the river.
 

Blackheath

House hunters are drawn to Blackheath for its village-like community spirit, expansive parks, and larger properties. It’s 6.5 miles from central London, meaning it’s still a manageable daily commute for those working in the city, who want to return home to a quieter pace of life in the evenings.

The property options here are varied, with large detached Georgian houses, Victorian terraces, and modern apartment developments all on offer.
 
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