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 Bermondsey and Canada Water on the Jubilee line, while the former stops at Surrey Quays and Rotherhithe are now part of the new London overground system.
The area is home to one of the largest regeneration projects currently underway in London, Canada Water. This £2 billion project covers 46-acres and will see the building of 3,500 new homes as well as an entertainment hub, high-rise buildings and a new high street.
SE16 is an interesting area with plenty of things to see and do, including Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Southwark Park, the Coleman Projects Space, Lavender Pond Nature Reserve, Surrey Docks Watersports Centre and Surrey Docks Farm.
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 the 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, 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 property available in SE16, feel free to contact our estate agent office on 020 7231 1066.
In the SE16 area you can choose from a number of primary schools including St James C of E Primary School, St John's Catholic Primary School, St Joseph's RC Primary School, Rotherhithe Primary School, Riverside Primary School, Redriff Primary School and Albion Primary School.
You also have a wide selection of secondary schools to choose from, including the City of London Academy, Bacon's College, St Michael's RC Catholic College, Cavendish School and Compass School Southwark.
The biggest project underway in SE16 is the Canada Water project. This £2 billion project is covering 46-acres and it will take 15 years to complete. It will comprise high-rise buildings up to 50 storeys and will renovate the Harmsworth Quays Printworks, the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre and the Mast Leisure Centre. 3,500 new homes will be built, along with a new high street and entertainment hub.
The South Dock Marina is also being renovated to provide better boatyard facilities, more retail space and parking space, and more homes. The Albion Street Civic Centre is another residential redevelopment project in the area.
Albion Street is also being regenerated, and power points were recently installed for street markets. In addition, the Albion Street Primary School is being replaced.
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.
SE16 is a well-connected area, containing a number of Underground stops, train stations and bus routes.
There are two Underground stations in SE16:
There are four train stations in SE16:
A number of buses run from Surrey Quays station, including: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, N199, N381
From South Bermondsey Station, one bus route operates: P12
Three bus routes run from Rotherhithe Station: 381, C10, N381
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 Bowl 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.