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Moving to South London

Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
17th August 2017 (Last updated on Friday 31st August 2018)

South London is often seen as the more picturesque half of London. With parks and woodland in abundance, as well a variety of independent cafes, restaurants and shops, it can sometimes be easy to forget you are living in the capital city.

This week, the moving experts at Comparemymove.com have been looking at the most popular places to live in South London.

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This article will cover the following points

Getting Around South London Working in South London What to Do in South London Where To Live In South London

Getting Around South London

Considering London is one of the busiest capitals in the world, congestion is a problem in every part of the city, and South London is no exception.

Public transport is the recommended choice to get around the area. In South West London, buses have regular routes, but they are also often victims of traffic. The quickest and most efficient way to travel would be using the Underground, with several tube stations served by the District and Piccadilly Lines.

South East London has 10 tube stations running along Northern, Jubilee and East London lines with direct connections to and from Bank, Whitechapel, Stratford and Baker Street.

A more unique method of transport would be using the river bus. There is a Thames Clipperwater-bus service on the River Thames and offers commuting services between Eastern and Central London.

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Working in South London

If you're moving to South London, you will certainly need to make a living. South West London is a diverse area with over 1.3 million workers in approximately 95,000 businesses. The South West area is famous for its shopping and tourist attractions (Harrods, Buckingham Palace, Kensington High Street), so a significant number of employment opportunities are in the retail and tourism sectors which employ over 281,000 and 51,000, respectively.

The public sector accounts for one-fifth of jobs, with employment in public administration, health and education.

In the South East, redevelopment projects boosted the local economy and turned it into a hub for the arts, creative and public services. Attractions such as the Globe Theatre, the Tate, and Royal Observatory created the need for more hotels and restaurants which in turn employ 92,000 people. In Southbank, the media and creative industries are booming, while Greenwich is becoming a centre for leisure, tourism, retail, hospitality, manufacturing and construction services.

What to Do in South London

After a long week at work, South West London caters to all tastes, with a range of pubs and modern bars.

In South East London, recent regeneration projects in the area transformed it into the new place to for a night out. With a number of independent shops and bars, South East London has the unique, creative flair without the high prices, catering to all budgets.

Moving to South London means you will never be bored or left with nothing to do. In South West London, if you want to escape the chaos that city life can bring, simply visit one of the many public or royal parks. Richmond Park is 2,500 acres (almost three times as large as Central Park), so you can easily take a picnic and spend the day wandering around. Others include Clapham Common, Battersea Park and Wimbledon Common.

If you're new to the area, some other sites to see include:

  • South Kensington Museum
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Hampton Court Palace

If you haven't been to South East London, make sure to visit:

  • Imperial War Museum
  • Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Shakespeare's Globe
  • Tate Modern

If you are thinking of moving to South London, you will have the best of both worlds; the vibrancy of city life, plenty of attractions to visit, job opportunities, shopping and dining, as well as the quieter aspects of rural life with sprawling parks for you to spend your days relaxing in.

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Where To Live In South London

Croydon

Croydon has great transport links and is ideal if you are on more of a budget or are not used to London living prices. Just 9 miles from the city centre, you can get there in just 13 minutes on the fast train.

The “Croydon Vision 2020” scheme is a £3.5 billion redevelopment plan which looks to see the whole borough flourish.

Property Rental Prices in Croydon
1 Bed£705 PCM
2 Bed£881 PCM
3 Bed£1,101 PCM
4 Bed£1,497 PCM

(Correct as of October 2016)

Brixton

Brixton may have had a bad name in the past, but has now become one of the coolest places to live in London after a bit of a facelift.

The area has great transport links, great community spirit and lots to do, making it an ideal place to live for professionals and families. It is on the Victoria line, with underground travel taking just 10-15 minutes to get into Victoria. Brixton is a little grimy in places, but is one of the main reasons it is still an affordable place to live for many.

Property Rental Prices in Brixton
1 Bed£1,232 PCM
2 Bed£1,498 PCM
3 Bed£2,031 PCM
4 Bed£2,844 PCM

(Correct as of October 2016)

Clapham

Clapham has one of the most vibrant high streets you will find in London, just minutes from the 200+ acre park. Rental and buying prices are only going up in the area due to a recent regeneration plan, with many of the Victorian terraced properties divided into flats.

Clapham is one of the most loved areas in London, and as such, can be quite expensive to live in. That said, the area has still pulled in a lot of interest from professionals and families looking to relocate.

Property Rental Prices in Clapham
1 Bed£1,599 PCM
2 Bed£1,944 PCM
3 Bed£2,637 PCM
4 Bed£3,691 PCM

(Correct as of October 2016)

Battersea

Close to Chelsea, Battersea is located on the south bank of the River Thames in the Borough of Wandsworth. Just three miles from Charing Cross, the area is great if you are a fan of parks and open spaces. Battersea Park offers a variety of activities, gardens, wildlife and history to be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Famed for the power station and perhaps even the dogs home, Battersea has a lot more to offer, including its great transport links into the city.

Property Rental Prices in Battersea
1 Bed£1,526 PCM
2 Bed£1,894 PCM
3 Bed£2,431 PCM
4 Bed£3,606 PCM

(Correct as of October 2016)

Crystal Palace

Much like Battersea, Crystal Palace provides great green spaces and has recently seen better transport links installed following a growth in popularity from young professionals. The town, which sits in the London Boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth, has undergone recent regeneration, making it an exciting prospect for young families.

Many popular restaurant chains, cafes and shops have opened up in the town over recent years, too, meaning there is plenty to do.

Property Rental Prices in Crystal Palace
1 Bed£822 PCM
2 Bed£1,103 PCM
3 Bed£1,393 PCM
4 Bed£1,911 PCM

(Correct as of October 2016)

Deptford

Deptford may be seen as South London’s answer to Shoreditch, with a high population of students from Goldsmiths University and an overall cool, bohemian vibe. On the borders of the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Greenwich, the area offers great transport links with the DLR and Overground trains which will get you into Central London in under 10 minutes. It is also a short distance from New Cross and New Cross Gate Overground Station.

The area is great if you prefer an alternative, cultural lifestyle without having to pay Shoreditch prices.

Property Rental Prices in Deptford
1 Bed£914 PCM
2 Bed£1,183 PCM
3 Bed£1,437 PCM
4 Bed£1,946 PCM

(Correct as of October 2016)

Forest Hill

Based in the Borough of Lewisham, Forest Hill is currently undergoing regeneration in its suburbs to become more appealing to commuters. Just 30 minutes from the centre of London with connections to the DLR, Forest Hill has good transport connections to the rest of London and has become increasingly appealing to live in for professionals and families.

The area has several primary and secondary schools performing to a high standard according to Ofsted, making a great location for young families looking to settle down.

Property Rental Prices in Forest Hill
1 Bed£1,123 PCM
2 Bed£1,466 PCM
3 Bed£1,809 PCM
4 Bed£2,487 PCM

(Correct as of October 2016)

West Norwood

Located in the Borough of Lambeth, West Norwood is just a 20 to 30-minute journey from Central London and boasts great Edwardian terraced and semi-detached properties on the market. Primary schools are, in majority, performing at a high Ofsted level, while secondary schools are satisfactory.

The area is one of the more affordable places to live in, but that could not last as West Norwood is seen as ‘on the rise’.

Property Rental Prices in West Norwood
1 Bed£1,068 PCM
2 Bed£1,302 PCM
3 Bed£1,752 PCM
4 Bed£2,477 PCM

(Correct as of October 2016)

Peckham

Peckham may have made infamy from the TV series Only Fools and Horses, but heavy regeneration and a lot of time has turned Peckham into an amazing place these days. The area, located in the Borough of Southwark, has benefitted from its trendy neighbouring towns to create a cosmopolitan feel.

The town has become increasingly popular among young families.

Property Rental Prices in Peckham
1 Bed£1,002 PCM
2 Bed£1,217 PCM
3 Bed£1,474 PCM
4 Bed£1,920 PCM

(Correct as of October 2016)