If you’re a first-time buyer looking for a home in London, our locations may well be the perfect match. Rotherhithe, Shad Thames and London Bridge have a wealth of amenities and attractions nearby to appeal to residents, and the sheer diversity of the market means there’s something to suit most London budgets.

Here’s a run-through of the best options in our areas.

Where to Start Searching in Rotherhithe, Shad Thames and London Bridge


Rotherhithe was once a port, and you can still get a sense of its nautical history as you walk its streets. It’s got a strong sense of community, which is a big draw for people looking to invest in a friendly, lively area. There are many different styles of property available around here; from stylish new-build developments (many designed with first-time buyers in mind) to characterful warehouse conversions, which are always sought after.
Rotherhithe Street, situated close to the River Thames, is also a first-time buyer’s hotspot, with some beautiful flats in converted buildings on offer. There’s also the option to purchase a house boat and live in the marina, but this isn’t for everyone, as it can get chilly in winter.

Shad Thames

This popular area is one of London’s most personality-filled locations, making it a firm favourite with homebuyers. Its riverside location means many of the apartments have great views of the Thames, and the banks themselves are lined with restaurants and other local businesses. The most desirable properties are undoubtedly the converted historic warehouses, which feature exposed bricks, original girders and bare floorboards. However, if you’re working on a smaller budget, there are other, more affordable options to be found.

Some purpose-built flats (for example, in locations like Mill Street or Tower Bridge Road) are reasonably priced considering their ultra-fashionable location, and they offer a great standard of living throughout. Java Wharf is another location that’s worth checking out, not least because it offers scenic views of the river below. Wolseley Street, with its pleasant green area outside, should also be on your list, especially if you’ve got younger children requiring some outdoor space to run around in.

London Bridge

When you live in the London Bridge area, you’re virtually at the heart of the city. There are so many things to see and do, just outside your door, that it’s little wonder so many people want to call this area their home.
The new developments in London Bridge are ideal for first-time buyers, such as Two Fifty One on Southwark Bridge Road, which offers residents access to a gym, a concierge and a private cinema. Some of the local authority developments are also a solid option; for example, those on Anchor Street, which offer new buyers the chance to live in a desirable area for a reasonable price.