As we head into summer, our thoughts turn to al fresco dinners, ice cream and barbecues, and where better to enjoy the sunshine than on the River Thames?
Whether you’re looking for a period home for your growing family, or a new build apartment on the waterfront, our fourteen dedicated riverside branches are perfectly placed to help you find your new home. Find out more about our riverside offering and read about the best places to live along the river below.
From Kingston to Greenwich
Traditionally, south west London has been the place for families to make their home by the water, but these days you will find them putting down riverside roots everywhere from Kingston to Greenwich.
Riverside areas in Greenwich and Blackheath in south east London enjoy a huge family presence. Boasting village appeal and plenty of independent shops, families are also drawn to the good mix of independent and state schools in the area.
Riverside living close to the City
Heading slightly further towards the City, Canada Water has also had a rebirth since the implementation of the Jubilee Line extension in the late 1990s. Fast connections into the city, funding from the council and an abundance of schools has brought families to the area.
For those looking for a faster pace of life, London Bridge is home to the well established Borough Market and a plethora of riverside pubs and restaurants. London Bridge City Pier is also a pick up point for the Thames Clipper, which ferries commuters from Putney to Greenwich.
By the river in south London
Further west, you’ll find another family hotspot in Kennington and Vauxhall. With restored Georgian and Victorian villas aplenty, comfortable family homes are not hard to find. Kennington still caters for a younger crowd, with ample pubs in which to relax after a hard day watching cricket at the nearby Oval.
A short boat ride away, the areas around Battersea Park caters well for children, with an adventure playground and boating available. Battersea Park Road is home to an abundance of eateries, which offer Spanish, Italian and Japanese fare, among others.
Central waterfront hotspots
South Kensington and nearby areas offer a well heeled view of The Thames. As well as being the hub of some of the UK’s finest museums, the close proximity of both areas to Hyde Park mean a spot of boating on the Serpentine is always an option in the summer.
Putney and West Putney host a multitude of bars and restaurants offering space to relax by the river. Home to the start of the famous Oxbridge boat race, SW15 also boasts a range of family homes and riverside apartments.
For those looking for ample diversions, the thriving hub of Hammersmith has excellent transport links, multiple pubs, and the Eventim Apollo for a younger crowd, but the riverside walks available cater for those looking for calmer pursuits.
A few miles west and you’ll come across Chiswick, a haven for those with families. The Thames Explorer Trust provides Chiswick-based activities for the entire family, including river dipping, mudlarking and boat trips.
Heading back across the river and into Surrey, Kingston Upon Thames is home to a host of riverside activities. As well as restaurants scattered along the Thames, those after more active pursuits can partake in races such as the Kingston 10k, which are partially run along the river.
Whether you’re looking for a period home for your growing family, or a new build apartment on the waterfront, our fourteen dedicated riverside branches are perfectly placed to help you find your new home. Find out more about our riverside offering.