Living & Property In SE16
SE16 lies within the Borough of Southwark, with the River Thames at its northern perimeter, and includes the areas of Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Canada Water and Surrey Quays.
A number of bus routes, tube stops and mainline train services ensure that the area is well connected to other parts of the capital and beyond. Underground stations include Jamaica Road and Canada Water, on the Jubilee line, while the former stops at Surrey Quays and Rotherhithe are now part of the new London over-ground system.
Now extremely accessible, historically this wasn’t always the case as Bermondsey was once riverside marshland. Despite the best efforts of the Great Fire of London, the area grew naturally and became popular with the richer upper classes. Samuel Pepys made reference to the pleasant garden suburb in his 1664 diary and in the 1700s Bermondsey then became a spa, further enhancing its high-browed reputation.
The Industrial Revolution, however, and the growth of the docks turned Bermondsey into a bustling hub of industry and trade. Rotherhithe also developed as a port and was where the Mayflower departed when it transported the Pilgrim Fathers to America in 1620. Surrey Quays and Canada Water originally featured over 15 working docks used by fishermen from the North Atlantic, with Whaling Ships unloading blubber at Greenland Dock to be used to produce oil.
Things to do in SE16
In the present day, SE16 has to a large extent moved on from its maritime heritage, diversifying into a place which appeals to commuters, shoppers, tourists and house hunters. Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, for example, has a number of high street stores, a supermarket and a large selection of bars and restaurants. Hollywood Bowling Centre provides further glitzy entertainment while the more cultured frequent the Coleman Projects Space, a gallery and art centre with a wide range of exhibitions and shows or 100 Black Men, a museum dedicated to the history of the black London community.
Southwark Park on Jamaica Road provides SE16 residents with large, open green space and the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Highlights within the park include Dilston Grove, a particularly beautiful and tranquil spot, Cafe Gallery, which hosts art displays and serves refreshments, and a bandstand, which is used for free concerts. Other local parks and nature reserves include Cherry Gardens, Stave Hill Ecological Park, and Lavender Pond Nature Reserve.
The nearby Lavender Pond Pumphouse has an adjoining museum and Lavender Dock Walk gives a glimpse into the area’s past as it leads past some of the significant historic buildings and moorings.
The property in SE16 fits into two main categories – the family home and professional pad. Family housing is located centrally, set back from the river and includes some period properties however the majority were badly damaged during the Second World War. The bulk of estate agents in SE16 offer an abundance of flats on the river front, either within modern apartment blocks or conversions of former wharves, which are popular amongst young professionals working in Canary Wharf or the City.
Situated on Rotherhithe Street which runs all the way around the northern edge of SE16, parallel to the Thames is Hays Court and its selection of luxury apartments. Flats on the eastern side of the postcode are slightly less expensive, such as those in New Caledonian Wharf, Canada Wharf, Ivory Wharf and Iceland Wharf.
SE16 also has a high number of affordable high rise flats, some of which were formerly council owned in establishments such as Landmann House, Addy House, the lower rise block on Raymouth Road and the Irwell Estate.
To find out more about what this area has to offer, plus the wide range of SE16 property available, feel free to contact our SE16 estate agents office on 020 7231 1066.