Wednesday 8 August 2018 2.47pm
Hopefully not too late to chip in... We lived within the Arnold Estate (in Phoenix Wharf Road
, so not strictly part of the estate) for 6 years until about a year ago when we moved out of London. We loved it there - the location is perfect for the Saturday markets and restaurants/bars at Ropewalk and Spa Terminus, Bermondsey Street
, if that's your sort of thing, and for transport etc, walks along the river, can't be beaten really.
In the 6 years we lived there, the only bad points which stick out are:
1. I had my phone snatched by a kid on a bike while walking down the passage from Jamaica Road
(I should've been taking better care, to be fair)
2. I witnessed a bag snatch once around the same place - a bunch of local kids gave chase!
3. On new year's day 2012 our pizza delivery guy was mugged
I suspect there's quite a bit going on which wouldn't qualify as strictly legal but the Riverside local police are aware of the anti-social behaviour and always seemed to turn up at an opportune moment. Compared to the neighbouring estates I always understood Arnold Estate to have fewer issues requiring attention.
I didn't consider that anything more than perfectly ordinary for 6 years in London, and probably erred on the quiet side, if anything! Would definitely have stayed there if we hadn't had to move away.