Living & Property In Surrey Quays
Surrey Quays is a residential area of Rotherhithe in south-east London, formerly home to the Surrey Commercial Docks. It stretches from Canada Water to South Dock and its name alludes to the fact that the Surrey Docks, until 1900, represented the border between Surrey and Kent.
Given its new status as an emerging place to live, transport links are extensive with rail services from Deptford, Elverson Road, South Bermondsey and St John’s, and tube stops at Bermondsey, Canada Water, Elephant and Castle, Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays.
Following a decade of dereliction after the closure of the docks, many were filled in with the only surviving areas of open water now being Greenland Dock, South Dock, Canada Water and Surrey Water. In 1981 the London Docklands Development Corporation was established to re-develop the former docks, including the Surrey Docks, leading to 5,500 new homes being built, from individual detached housing to large apartment complexes.
Surrey Quays was christened in 1989 when the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre was built on the infilled southern part of Canada Water. The still undergoing a facelift, as part of the area’s wider re-development plans which come under the exciting Canada Water regeneration programme, led by Southwark Council and BL Canada Quays Ltd, which will bring 2,700 new homes, new retail and office space, leisure facilities and a civic square at the heart of Canada Water. The shopping centre offers a number of high street stores, a supermarket and a large selection of bars and restaurants. More recently, the area experienced large-scale re-development with further new homes, a new library, cafés and restaurants.
Further afield there are a number of other attractions including the picturesque Southwark Park, the Brunel Museum, the Surrey Docks Watersports Centre and Surrey Docks Farm. The historic Mayflower pub, named after the Mayflower vessel which set sail to America from the very spot in 1620, is also within easy reach.
Property in Surrey Quays
Due to such an array of pursuits close by, in addition to the widespread modernisation and community enhancement, property in Surrey Quays is becoming increasingly popular. The fact that the area is close to city life, yet just far enough away to avoid all the hustle and bustle is proving really appealing.
Flats to rent in Surrey Quays consist of designer warehouse conversions and modern apartment blocks. Further inland you would find modern, three-bedroom family homes with gardens. As far as London housing stock goes, this area represents great value for money. Within the wider area Canada Water is home to more modern housing and converted warehouses and Rotherhithe is no different with popular wharves such as Bombay, Hope Sufferance and Tunnel.
The award-winning Art Deco Princes Tower is nearby with its amazing views of Tower Bridge and the River Thames from its private balconies. In a similar price bracket, Hays Court is a converted warehouse on Rotherhithe Street that has a selection of two bedroom flats. For those with more modest budgets, less expensive flats can be found at New Caledonian Wharf, Canada Wharf, Ivory Wharf and Iceland Wharf. A number of former council-owned high rise blocks can also be found in nearby Rotherhithe, such as Landmann House and Addy House – both of which offer affordable, small apartments.
An array of luxury apartments are also available close by on the river front within modern apartment blocks or warehouse conversions. These are highly popular amongst young professionals working in the capital’s financial district and offer spacious accommodation with great views across the Thames.
To find out more about what this area has to offer, plus the wide range of property in Surrey Quays, feel free to contact our Surrey Quays estate agents office on 020 7231 1066.