South London

With immense regeneration, enviable transport links and new businesses and institutions moving to the area south London is increasingly popular among house hunters.

Our guides feature key insights on the prime neighbourhoods in the area.

Why invest in south London


South London offers large-scale regeneration zones, excellent transport links and a cosmopolitan lifestyle - popular among young professionals looking to rent.

Savvy investors find greater value in properties in regeneration areas that offer the prospect of significant capital growth for a much more affordable upfront investment.  Average residential prices in Vauxhall have gone up 79% since 2010, as compared with 37% in “Prime” London, according to Knight Frank’s 2018 “Focus on VNEB” report.

According to CBRE, house prices in Lambeth have risen by 59% over the last five years, with a forecasted growth of 18% over the next five years (CBRE, London Living 2017).

It's expected that as the VNEB development and other infrastructure improvements continue, the housing market will continue to grow. CBRE research also shows that “areas around regeneration sites actually increase in value, by an average of 4.9% per annum over and above wider house price growth” (CBRE, Regeneration – when change is good).

South London regeneration

VNEB – Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea Regeneration Zone

Stretching from Lambeth Bridge to Chelsea Bridge, the redevelopment of Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea will create new opportunities for businesses, investors and residents:

  • 2020 Northern Line extension – Kennington to Battersea via Nine Elms
  • Over 0.5 million square metres of business space
  • Approximately 20,000 new homes
  • New linear park forming a connection between Vauxhall and Battersea Power Station
  • Retail parks, leisure sites and cultural destinations


With the potential for 25,000 new vacancies, not only will VNEB create more job opportunities, but will also provide scope for a cultural quarter and bring new cultural and entertainment venues to the area.

The Northern Line Extension

Due to open in 2020, the Northern Line extension runs from Kennington to Battersea, with the final stop at the newly redeveloped Battersea Power Station.

The extension continues the Charing Cross branch line, with two new underground stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station, which will provide improved transport links for the new embassy district.

Transport connections

South London has outstanding transport connections thanks to the London Tube, London Overground and National Rail network. And things are set to get even better for those travelling to the City and beyond, thanks to ongoing improvements:

  • The Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea (VNEB) regeneration is bringing £1.45bn of investments to the area. (Lambeth.gov.uk).

 

  • Vauxhall will see improvements to its Tube station, better provision for cyclists and the remodelling of its one-way system, the Vauxhall gyratory (Lambeth.gov.uk).

 

  • New Night Tube services are proving popular among Londoners, giving them the freedom to get around more easily late at night. South London is served by the Night Tube on both the Victoria Line through Vauxhall to Brixton and the Northern Line through Clapham to Morden.

 

  • The Elizabeth line service will reduce journey times from Vauxhall to other parts of the Capital such as Heathrow, Greenwich and Canary Wharf.

Businesses in south London

High-profile organisations are making south London their home. For those interested in investing in London property, that means a reliable influx of new tenants:

Apple

  • In 2016, leading technology brand Apple announced its plans to build a new HQ at Battersea Power Station, which is undergoing a £7.8bn restoration. Having stood unused on the edge of the Thames for over 30 years, the Grade II-listed former electricity generator has been christened “our new London campus” by Apple.

The Dutch Embassy

  • After moving from Grosvenor Square to the Nine Elms area of Wandsworth, the US Embassy started a trend. The Dutch embassy will follow suit and relocate from Hyde Park Gate to Nine Elms.

The Programme Director of Nine Elms on the South Bank, Helen Fisher, has described the move as a sign that the area is gaining interest from international audiences:
The relocation of the Dutch Embassy to Nine Elms, the growing interest from international audiences and the pace and quality of development and regeneration is central to the area becoming recognised as the emerging landmark destination for London. This, coupled with investment in the surrounding infrastructure, including an extension to the Northern Line, makes Nine Elms an important driver for London’s future growth.

Properties to buy in south London

Looking for investment opportunities in south London? Keybridge offers studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments at the heart of London's largest regeneration zone.

With design details inspired by Manhattan architecture and the surrounding mansion blocks, Keybridge is stylish on the outside and on the inside. Located in the SW8 area, it benefits from all the transport improvements in the neighbourhood, giving residents improved access to all areas of the capital. Once the Northern Line extension is open, the Keybridge development will be a four-minute walk from Nine Elms station.

With a 24-hour concierge service as well as a WiFi-enabled Business Club Lounge available for meetings or hot desking, residents will be able to stay connected at all times.

A gym, spa, 15-metre swimming pool, sauna and steam room are all available exclusively to residents. Outside there is space to wander in the one-acre landscaped gardens which feature sculptures by Tom Price.

Find out more about our Keybridge development.

 

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Why live in south London

Faster transport links, vast green spaces and OFSTED-rated “Outstanding” schools are making south London one of the best places to live in the capital.

Discover more about south London, and why this area could be the ideal place for you to settle down.

Vauxhall: Live near a south London transport hub

Vauxhall is already one of the capital’s best-connected neighbourhoods with the highest possible PTAL* score to prove it.  

From Vauxhall, a three-minute Tube ride will get you to Victoria, while a seven-minute journey takes you to Oxford Circus. The whole of the West End and the City are reachable within 30 minutes. These journey times will reduce further over the coming years. Once the Northern Line extension is complete, Vauxhall residents will be able to reach the City in 15 minutes or less.

Our Keybridge development will be a four-minute walk from Nine Elms, one of the new stations on the Northern Line, offering a commute from your door to the City in under 20 minutes.

Find out more about our Keybridge development today.

*PTAL is a scoring system created by Transport for London which is based on transport service frequency and the distance to the nearest stop or station.

The benefits of regeneration

VNEB is the largest regeneration area in London, covering 227 hectares (a little less than the size of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens combined). The regeneration stretches from Chelsea Bridge to Lambeth Bridge, including improvements to the Albert Embankment, Battersea Power Station and Vauxhall town centre.

South London homeowners will benefit from a better quality of life with 50-acres of planned public open space, new riverside walkways and improvements to social infrastructure such as the creation of new schools and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames from Nine Elms to Pimlico.

Businesses bring employment opportunities

A growing number of businesses are making south London their home. Not only does this create new job opportunities in the area, but it also boosts property prices and contributes to a vibrant community.

  • The US embassy moved its offices to Nine Elms near Vauxhall in early 2018 and the Dutch embassy plans to follow.
  • Apple will move to its new headquarters at the Battersea Power Station in 2021, bringing around 1,400 of its people to the area.
  • The surrounding regeneration zone is expected to create 25,000 new jobs. (Lambeth.gov.uk).


In the London Report 2018, Knight Frank discuss how young professionals want to reduce their commute and travel on foot or by bicycle. The report found that a third of those under 25 live less than 5km from their jobs. It’s in part due to this that Apple has chosen to relocate to this key regeneration area, which offers excellent transport connections and fast commutes.

South London education

Access to some of London’s most iconic universities is easy from south London, with world-renowned institutions such as King’s College London, Imperial College London and the London School of Economics located just across the Thames.

The majority of primary and secondary schools in and around Vauxhall are rated either ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED (Foxtons). The borough of Lambeth houses nine independent schools including Schiller International School and Oakfield Preparatory School.

Things to do in south London

Priding itself on its energetic vibe, south London has no shortage of parks, sporting facilities, entertainment venues and green spaces.

Cultural attractions

From the London Eye to the Tate Modern, south London is home to some of the Capital’s most iconic cultural institutions. There are also new attractions such as Damien Hirst’s recently opened Newport Street Gallery. Here, Hirst displays over 2,000 pieces from his personal art collection, as well as art by Banksy and Francis Bacon.

Other must-visit south London locations include:

  • Royal Festival Hall
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Hayward Gallery
  • National Theatre
  • Pump House Gallery
  • Battersea Power Station

Make the most of south London’s green spaces

South London has ample green, open spaces:

  • Battersea Park offers 200-acres of parkland on the banks of the Thames. The park has a boating lake, walled gardens, an adventure playground and even a children’s zoo.
  • Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens has a long history dating back to the 18th century. Nowadays it’s a popular place for leisure, recreation and events.
  • Kennington Park is a lovely place to while away the hours in beautiful surroundings – a place full of historic trees and diverse wildlife.
  • Vauxhall Park, opened in 1890 by Prince Albert, has a lavender garden, café and areas for games and leisure activities. The park has been given the prestigious “Green Flag Award”.
  • The Lonely Planet named the Thames path among the top urban walks in the world. South London residents can explore parts of the 79.5-mile route, which is a 10-minute walk from Keybridge.


The VNEB regeneration zone will create even more green spaces including a linear park that will stretch from Battersea to Vauxhall.

Living in south London: Where to buy

At Mount Anvil, we plan our developments carefully, making sure we create new homes in places which are within easy reach of prime central London and benefit from all the perks of regeneration hotspots.

Keybridge, Vauxhall SW8

Our Keybridge development is in a prime location between the VNEB regeneration zone and prime central London.

Residents will benefit from better transport links making it easy to access everything the Capital has to offer. Boasting a prime location at the heart of Vauxhall, the 595 new Keybridge homes offer something for everyone, with a choice of three interior colour palettes and sought-after amenities including a gym, spa, swimming pool and residents’ business lounge.

Find out more about our Keybridge development today.

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