i'm currently living in south east london and am planning to move to se1 in september. am just trying to do some research about where the best places to live are/ which are the safest / any estate agents to use/avoid ?
any help would be very much appreciated indeed!
What sort of place are you looking for? one bed, two bed flat, house etc? Budget? Any transport you particularly want to be close to etc? Looking to buy or rent?
If you can give more details I'm sure the helful people on here could advise you accordingly. I moved to SE1 last November and live on Southwark Bridge Road. SE1 covers a fairly large area though and whereas some people might think certain areas are "edgy" others would just feel unsafe so its personal preference really.
Best think I can advise is to just walk around over the course of a few evenings or weekends. YOu get a good feel for the area and can judge for yourself where you may or may not want to live.
I think SE1 is generally safe. However, some areas are touristy and feel very safe during the day and this seems to make some people lower their guard at night, when they shouldn't. I feel safer here than anywhere else I've lived in London.
Why not have a look at the Socials section on this forum and go along to whatever's on - I'm sure everyone will be more than happy to chat about various areas and options with you. (As well as on here of course).
thank you for all your repsonses and for being so friendly! it's very encouraging!
looking for a 1 bed apartment around £350pw.
ideally i would like to live near the river/southbank/possibly shad thames; as it's always so busy. i quite like the reassurance of knowing it will always be quite busy later on in the evenings. i sometimes work quite late at weekends and knowing i can get home safely is a priority. somewhere close to london bridge/waterloo station would be ideal as well..but i'm not quite sure if a combination of all these things is possible!
I would suggest getting a bike and cycling around the area - you can cover a lot of ground quickly and see how different areas are at different times. I live near London Bridge, but Waterloo has probably more in the way of housing and Lower Marsh has lots more happening than it did a few years ago. Overall, I think most of SE1 feels very safe (but then I lived down the Walworth road before moving up here).