Surrey Quays can best be described as the place where the West End meets the Docklands, yet that belies the tranquility of the area and the relaxed vibe not usually found in such central locations. In fact Surrey Quays feels more like a prosperous outer suburb than a zone 2 locality. As such our area attracts many people looking to set up home away from the hustle and bustle of London, without having to suffer a lengthy commute into town. Surrey Quays offers quiet cul de sacs, modern semis and luxury apartment blocks at one end, and at the other, Old Rotherhithe, with old Miners cottages and the converted homes of the British Gas warehouse block. And it's not just central London that's a stone throw away, you are also a mere hop skip and a jump from the Kent countryside and coastline, perfect for relaxing weekends away.
A little bit of history
Surrey Quays' smart modern homes and warehouse conversions are a far cry from the area's humble beginnings in the 18th Century as the hub of the UK's timber trade.
Need to know
The Mayflower pub was once the only pub in Britain where you could buy both British and American stamps. Famous ex-residents include Max Bygraves and Michael Caine who were both born and raised in Rotherhithe.
For life's necessities there's a handy 24 hour Tesco's as well as Boots, Superdrug and other large chains in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. You'll also find a B&Q on Old Kent Road and a Nisa convenience store on Brunel Road.
For something a little more special, hop on the train to Greenwich Market and spend a morning or an afternoon browsing for gifts and crafts and sampling the delights of the street food stalls. Alternatively, every Friday and Saturday, two stops along the Jubilee line, you'll find all the mouthwatering delights of Borough Market. Plus, there's Whitechapel Market three stops on the Overground with Brick Lane just around the corner. We also heartily recommend spending a day exploring the independent stores, cafes and trendy pop-up shops and restaurants of Spitalfields and Shoreditch. And if all that fails to satisfy, all the shops and departments stores of central London are but a short bus or tube journey away too.