The lowdown: Surrey Quays
Surrey Quays has previously been overlooked by Londoners but new homes, a new public square with food stalls, a striking new library and even the city farm are transforming the area and attracting inhabitants that look set to stay... Images by Daniel Lynch
Average house prices in Surrey Quays
One-bedroom flat: £456,000
Two-bedroom flat: £582,000
Three-bedroom flat: £765,000
Three-bedroom house: £627,000
Four-bedroom house: £970,000
Average rental prices in Surrey Quays
One-bedroom flat: £1,549 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,961 a month
Three-bedroom flat: £1,981 a month
Three-bedroom house: £2,262 a month
Four-bedroom house: £2,297 a month
All of Surrey Quays primary schools are judged to be “outstanding” or “good” by Ofsted, with houses and large flats in catchment areas selling for a premium. Compass School Southwark (co-ed, ages 11 to 16) is a new Free School in Drummond Road that opened in September 2013. See our full list here.
The Surrey Quays shopping centre now feels neglected, but is due for a revamp soon. There is a large Tesco Extra, and branches of Bhs, Dorothy Perkins, New Look and River Island.
Canada Water is on the Jubilee line and one stop from Canary Wharf. Surrey Quays, Canada Water and Rotherhithe stations are on the Overground. All are in Zone 2 and an annual travelcard including Zone 1 costs £1,284.
Reputedly one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in London, Café East is in the Mast Leisure Park. The Canada Water Café is in Surrey Quays Road and the Yellow House is in Lower Road. The Mayflower in nearby Rotherhithe is the oldest Thames-side pub in London, named after the Pilgrim Fathers’ ship which sailed for America in 1620.
Leisure and the arts
The Mast Leisure Park has an Odeon cinema and a bowling alley. There is a city farm in Rotherhithe Street and the Surrey Docks Watersports Centre in Greenland Dock offers kayaking, sailing, powerboating, rowing and windsurfing. See our full list here.
Southwark Park is one of London’s oldest parks, the Russia Dock Woodland is where the Russia Dock once stood and the nearby Stave Hill Ecology Park has views over Docklands. The Lavender Pond is a former timber pond where imported wood was floated to keep it from drying out and cracking. See our full list here.
£350,000: this modern, one-bedroom apartment in Lower Road offers views across Southwark Park and is located only moments from the amenities of Surrey Quays.
£840,000: set in the quayside development of Baltic Quay, this three-bedroom apartment has a modern, open-plan interior and a south-facing balcony.
£850,000: a two-bedroom split-level flat on the sixth-floor of Navigation House, there's a balcony overlooking Canary Wharf and the communal garden. Ideally located for the Thames Clipper for commutes into central London.
£860,000: this recently-refurbished four-bedroom townhouse is a short walk from Canada Water Underground station. Set over three floors, the home comes with a landscaped rear garden and allocated parking.