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SE1, Borough

Although not on the river itself, Borough is just a short walk from the Thames. Boasting some of London’s greatest attractions – the Royal Festival Hall and Shakespeare’s Globe – the South Bank is a hive for tourists.

And now it’s got another string to its bow with the astounding 310m Shard, Europe’s tallest building. Head to Borough Market for top quality produce. But Borough is not all shiny and new. Raj Tanna, of Williams Lynch estate agents, in Bermondsey Street, says: “Far from being ‘up-and-coming’, Borough is here now, with riverside walks, and virtually all of central London right at your door.”

Expect young and trendy locals hanging out on Bermondsey Street. And being on the Northern line – and a short walk to central London – it attracts professionals.

Price: From £100pw for a flatshare.

Transport links: Zone 1; Northern line. Close to Southwark Tube.


Finding somewhere close to a lake is the next best thing for waterbabies. Not only do lakes make for stunning surrounds in
the summer, but they’re often cleaner than the Thames. Here’s our pick of the best.

Danson Lake, Bexley

There’s acres of green space here, so it’s perfect if you fancy more outdoors living. On the lake, you can go sailing, kayaking, canoeing, powerboating and windsurfing.

It’s south of the river, so a bit of a trek to get to central London – it’s not on the Tube, so you’ll have to ride the Overground. You’ll bag a double room for about £60pw. 

Battersea Lake, Wandsworth

If it’s decent weather, you can hire a boat to row around the lake between July and September. There’s also the 200-acre Battersea Park, located south of the river near Chelsea.

It’s a mixed-bag area in terms of accommodation with a few rough estates (one of which was home to everyone’s favourite garage collective So Solid Crew).

It’s in Zone 2, but there’s no Tube, just Battersea Park Overground. Head further west and you’ll come to the popular Clapham Junction.

Tooting Bec Lido, Tooting Bec

OK, so not a lake per se, but still somewhere you can get wet. It’s one of the capital’s best-loved pools, and is open until the end of August. Nearby, there’s Overground station Stretham or Tooting Bec Tube, which is on the Northern line. Both areas have plus sides.

Tooting Bec is trendy, where you’d pay about £90pw for a flatshare – and you can travel to central London in 30 minutes. Streatham boasts shops galore, as well as a huge park. Avoid the High Road, one of the ‘dodgy parts’.


Photos: British Tourist Authority

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