Rotherhithe is situated in the Borough of Southwark, in South-East London. It’s part of the Docklands area, located on the Thames’ south bank, and directly across the river from Wapping and the Isle of Dogs.
Rotherhithe has been significantly redeveloped in recent years, transforming from an industrial port to a green, pleasant residential area. In particular, the historic docks are now highly sought after for conversion to residential and public spaces.
There’s a great mix of property in Rotherhithe, from high-rise apartments to spacious suburban housing estates. It also offers excellent transport links to Central London, not to mention a wide range of well-performing primary and secondary schools. Families are drawn to the beautiful public parks in the area, and view Rotherhithe as a peaceful, charming alternative to the bustling streets of Central London.
Rotherhithe property is incredibly varied, running the gamut from luxury waterside apartments to affordable one and two-bedroom flats and houses. Luxury properties benefit from the area’s proximity to Canada Water, with its beautiful green spaces and walkways, and many of them can be found in purpose-built or new-built apartment blocks with plenty of features, including CCTV and secure entrances. Other properties, meanwhile, benefit from the excellent transport links and many can be found in converted houses and ex-council flats.
There are several primary schools in and around Rotherhithe. Albion Primary School (close to Rotherhithe overground station) was rated Outstanding in a recent Ofsted report, and Redriff Primary School (near Stave Hill Ecological Park), Rotherhithe Primary School (near Southwark Park) and St Mary & St Pauls CoE (close to the Thames) are also well-regarded.
Secondary schools and colleges include Bacon’s College, which is conveniently located in the centre of Rotherhithe, plus Bosco Centre College, Cavendish School (situated at the south end of Southwark Park), Marathon Science School (between Deptford and Southward Parks) and St Michaels Catholic College.
Southwark is currently undergoing significant regeneration, with considerable investment being made to create more housing for the growing population. In the Rotherhithe area, plans have been unveiled for the transformation of Canada Water, which features an open-air high street, a 3.5-acre park, a leisure centre and around 3,500 new homes. This large-scale regeneration will not only transform the area, but bring new business and economic opportunities too.
Other key developments in Rotherhithe include:
There are three main tube stations in Rotherhithe, which naturally appeals to commuters seeking easy access to London. To the south, Surrey Quays station is in Zone 2 on the East London Line. Canada Water station is more centrally located, with both under- and overground terminals (the first is part of the Jubilee line, the other is an interchange between the two other Rotherhithe stations).
Rotherhithe station is also part of the East London Line, connecting travellers to Wapping and Highbury & Islington.
Rotherhithe is served by the TfL services, with buses 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, 10 and P12 operating in the district. There are also three specific night buses - N1, N199 and N381.
Buses stop at:
Additionally, boat services operate in the area:
There are plenty of amenities and open areas in the Rotherhithe area, suitable for people of all ages. Southwark Park is the largest open parkland in Rotherhithe, and an excellent place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Here, you’ll find a traditional bandstand, an old English Cottage garden, a cafe, boating lake and an art gallery. There are also several community groups involved with the management of the park.
Other notable green spaces include the Stave Hill Ecological Park, which features a traditional nature reserve, Lavender Pond Nature Park (a haven for wildlife, with plenty of trails along wooden boardwalks), and the tranquil Durand's wharf.
There are also several pleasant dock areas to explore in Rotherhithe, such as the South Dock Marina, Greenland Dock and Surrey Water. These popular redeveloped areas are not only pleasant for an afternoon stroll, but contain many cafes, bars and restaurants.
The Brunel Museum is another of the area’s highlights. It celebrates the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, focusing particularly on his major achievements in the capital - The Thames Tunnel and the Great Eastern Steamship. Rotherhithe also has a wide variety of bars, pubs and restaurants. The Mayflower is an attractive traditional pub (situated on Rotherhithe Street), or alternatively, the two-floor Woolpack on Bermondsey Street serves great food and drink, and the family-friendly Salt Quay pub offers a highly rated Sunday Roast.