An insider's guide to South London

South London is a vast colourful metropolis of history, culture and flava. Hemmed in by the River Thames it offers up luscious green spots amidst buzzing enclaves and not to be missed nooks.

From a UNESCO world heritage centre – that’d be the Tower of London – and London’s revered, rich history to trending pop-ups and arguably the best food markets the city has to offer. Slightly sprawling you’ll never know what you might find around the next corner.

Connecting our neighbourhoods in SE1’s Elephant & Castle (Elephant Central) and SE13’s Lewisham (The Filigree) this area guide will help you explore the best that’s in-between.

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Up for an eating extravaganza? In the market for some inspiring art? Some IRL shopping? On the hunt for a new hobby? Or fancy getting your groove on?

Places to eat

Whatever you’re in the mood for, South London serves up the goods. From fine dining to low key, in-the-know local faves, write-home-about chefs and world-class food markets. For the ultimate culinary journey read on – Bon Ap!

14 Places to eat exemplary food in South London

Places to drink

Whether you’re after a drink spot with views, a traditional pub for pints and live sport, a cultural reckoning (no – really) or something rather swish, South has it in the bucket-loads. We’ll drink to that – bottoms up, baby!

15 Hot spots to get a drink in South London

Food markets

South London is many delicious things, but its offering of exemplary globally renowned food markets will throw your senses into overdrive; drawing in locals, visitors and tourists in their drones.  Heavenly food incoming.

6 of South London’s unmissable food markets

Places to go on a night out

Adventure into the night at one of South London’s iconic venues, whether you’re after world class DJs and dancing ‘til dawn or underground style hideouts with mellow beats and exceptional mixologists, South London draws an exemplary crowd.

5 Places for late night revelry, south of the river

Places to shop

The shopping experience in London’s Southerly regions is bespoke, small-scale and specialised. Passionate vendors curate first-class collections from flea-style stalls to noteworthy boutiques, there are many gems to be unearthed.

6 Hot spots to shop in South London

Arts, music, culture

Calling all vultures: London’s South is a cacophony of culture. From first class theatre and film to globally prevalent art, music and sporting grounds. There will never be a dull moment. Prepare to be artfully inspired.

An abundance of arts & culture in South London

Fitness & wellbeing

Download that class-pass folks because South London is brimming with exceptional gyms – Gymbox, Ministry of Sound fitness, The Gym, PureGym, Energie, Crossfit Blackfriars, F45, Third Space. And then some…

6 Ways to get your sweat on in South London

Green spaces

Green, clean, supreme – how can one city spot serve up so much magnificent green space? From hills on high to nature-laden woods, sprawling parklands and mini neighbourhood hangouts, you’re never far from a spot of nature’s finest down south.

Gorgeous picnic and walking spots in South London

And there you have it, a delicious slice of South London living…

Superbly connected with Waterloo and London Bridge stations, the South also serves up water taxis and an abundance of Santander bikes to ease your movements.

Get the best out of South East London with our brand new flats in Lewisham at The Filigree. Find 1-3 bed homes for rent a minute’s walk from Lewisham station connecting you to the city of London in under 20 minutes.

Elephant Central provides the perfect homely hub for smart inner city living. Allowing you to access all of the South (and beyond) best bits – with comfort and ease. See all our apartments in Elephant & Castle right here. Make an appointment to come check them out and be hooked on the friendly, happening vibe.

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