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Wandsworth: London riverside living at its best

Wandsworth’s nickname “Nappy Valley” is testament to the area’s appeal with young professional couples who opt to exchange inner city-living and loft apartments for spacious properties, gardens and good schools.

Wandsworth: London riverside living at its best

When it comes to redeveloping London’s industrial riverside past, you would be forgiven for thinking the east side of town has the monopoly. Head a few miles west down the Thames, however, and you reach the shores of a leafy alternative: Wandsworth. Over the last 25 years, the old industries that once choked the banks of the Thames around here have been replaced with stylish new flats that enjoy riverside views – therefore adding a modern twist to an already impressive period housing stock. Life by the water is sweet in this verdant corner of southwest London thanks to famously low council tax, good schools and wide-open spaces.

Transport links

  • Tube: Southfields tube station is located on the fringes of Wandsworth. Situated on the District Line, it takes less than 25 minutes to reach Victoria.
  • National rail: two railway stations serve the area: Wandsworth Town, which provides a Waterloo service that takes just 12 minutes; and Wandsworth Common, which provides a Victoria service that takes just 10 minutes.
  • Bus: popular local bus routes include, 28 (Kensal Rise), 37 (Peckham), 44 and 170 (Victoria), 87 (Aldwych), 156 (Vauxhall) and 485 (Hammersmith).

Property scene

Wandsworth has a diverse property scene.  From attractive residential streets lined with fine Victorian and Edwardian detached, semi-detached and terraced houses.  To shiny new apartments in the Riverside Quarter and the Reach. The “Toast Rack” – a ladder of roads at the side of Wandsworth Common.  Notably popular due to its supply of large semis and detached houses built in the early part of the 20th century.

Local schools

Things to do

  • Shopping: Southside Wandsworth shopping centre is awash with popular chain stores. Meanwhile, independent shops have established themselves in quieter streets such as Old York Road, St John’s Hill, Bellevue Road and also Northcote Road.
  • Open space: if you enjoy a riverside stroll, you will love Wandsworth. Moreover green space is also in plentiful supply around here; the largest expanse being Wandsworth Common: 175 acres of woods, lakes and heath, where you will find playgrounds, sports facilities and a café.

Rental Prices

If you’d like to find the average cost of renting a property in London, check out The Simply London Guide to London Neighbourhoods. It includes the average rental prices for the top 20 neighbourhoods in London!

Article published 26th March 2021

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