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Surrey Quays

Surrey Quays London Guide

10 June 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

Re-energised and refocused, Surrey Quays is fast becoming a premium London hotspot. And with the SE16 postcode being just one stop from Canary Wharf, young professionals are flooding to the area for its more affordable rents and convienient travel connections.

Yet there’s more to Surrey Quays than handy transport options. Its riverside setting, canal streets and modern new homes make the neighbourhood an appealing place to live in its own right. Throw in the biggest marina at South Dock and ecological open spaces, and the appeal of Surrey Quays only heightens.

But what’s it like to live in this part of southeast London? In our latest London guide, we’re highlighting Surrey Quays and why we think you’ll love living in the SE16 postcode. So, read on and discover everything there is to know about Surrey Quays.

On a map

Surrey Quays Google Map

Surrey Quays is located in south-east London and is generally considered to comprise the southern half of the Rotherhithe peninsula from Canada Water to South Dock. It falls under the London Borough of Southwark and is just over five miles to Charing Cross. Neighbouring areas include Bermondsey and Canary Wharf.


Historical photo of Surrey Quays

The neighbourhood of Surrey Quays has transformed over the last 30-odd years. In the early eighties, it had a population of just over 6,000, before embarking on a 15-year regeneration plan that created 5,500 new homes and a significant increase in residents.

Regeneration came in the form of a scheme called London Docklands Development Corporation, which focused primarily on Greenland Dock, South Dock, Canada Dock (now Canada Water), parts of Norway Dock, and what is today known as Surrey Quays.

It’s now in the second phase of regeneration, and is one of London’s largest planned projects that will cost around £3.3 billion. The result will be a plethora of new homes that create an even more vibrant neighbourhood.

Who lives in Surrey Quays?

Surrey Quays is filled with young professionals, most of whom work in Canary Wharf and prefer the lower-priced rents compared to E14. According to the 2011 census, just under 14,000 people are living in the area. 49% of those are female, and 51% are male. The median age in Surrey Quays is 31.

Renting in Surrey Quays

Marine Wharf SUrrey Quays

Much of the in-demand property in Surrey Quays comes in the form of shiny new residential builds. Developments like Marine Wharf and Maple Quays are particularly sought after, as are the converted warehouses in the area.

Popular roads include Lavender Road, which features open spaces and has strong residential vibes. While Sovereign Crescent enjoys direct views over the river and affords a pleasant, tranquil atmosphere right in the heart of London.

If you’re planning on moving to Surrey Quays, expect to pay around £1,400 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, £1,800 for a two-bedroom property and just over £2,000 for a three-bedroom home.

Surrey Quays travel

Canada Water tube station

Transport options come in the form of Canada Water tube station, which has a stop on the Jubilee Line. Residents of Surrey Quays can be in Canary Wharf in just one stop, which takes two minutes to arrive. London Bridge is only two stops and takes just three minutes.

Other travel connections include Surrey Quays, Canada Water and Rotherhithe Overground stations, with services running around every 10 minutes. There’s also a good local bus network. Surrey Quays is located in Zone 2.

Surrey Quays eateries

The Pear Tree

A dish at the Pear Tree

The Pear Tree is a stylish and modern eatery in the heart of Surrey Quays that offers an Australian-inspired menu. Enjoy tasty bites in the form of burgers, sample the deli with a range of meats and sip away with a cup of artisan coffee.

The Pizza Room Surrey Quays

Get a slice of your favourite pizza at The Pizza Room Surrey Quays and choose from red and white bases and a selection of calzones. There’s a thirst-clenching wine menu on offer too, just in case you feel like a glass of red or white with your red and white pizza.

Express Fish Bar

Food from Express Fish Bar

If you’re embracing waterside living, it’s only right that you have access to a tasty fish and chips shop. Enter Express Fish Bar, which serves up a range of cod, as well as sausages, fish burgers, haddock and more. Indulge in a quintessential fish and chips offering.

Things to do in Surrey Quays

Southwark Park

As one of London’s oldest parks, you won’t just be walking around scenic green spaces; you’ll be experiencing a small slice of history. There’s a bandstand, boating lake and cafe to enjoy while you wander around the Southward Park.

Surrey Quays Shopping Centre

Surrey Quays Shopping Centre exterior

If you’re searching for a local shopping hub, look no further than Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. It’s currently receiving upgrades to offer an even more immersive retail experience. In the meantime, browse chain stores, watch a flick at the cinema, play at the bowling park and grab a bite at one of the eateries.

Surrey Docks City Farm

Get back to nature at the City Farm in Rotherhithe Street and make a bunch of new furry friends. See goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys and ponies. Then stop at the farm shop before visiting the gardening store. Surrey Docks City Farm is a fun day out for the family or just anyone who loves cute animals.

Moving to Surrey Quays

Extensive regeneration has transformed Surrey Quays into a thriving waterside hub with excellent travel links to some of London’s most important professional areas. If you’re thinking of making a move to Surrey Quays, now is the time to join a community that is going from strength to strength.

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