South London provides you with the best of both worlds – a great location for your company to flourish and prosper, as well as a excellent place to live and relax in - ask Mick Jagger and Kate Moss who both live here!
The Greener side of London
People living in South London can be forgiven for thinking they live in the countryside. South London has more open green spaces than any other part of London. There are a number of famous parks in the area including:
The Royal Park in Greenwich
The Royal Park situated in Greenwich is London’s oldest royal park – offering spectacular views across London and is home to the world famous Meridian Line, the point from which time around the world is determined.
This Royal Park was enclosed by Charles I and has been designated a National Nature Reserve - now the largest in London. It is one of the finest sites for nature conservation in the country, with red and fallow deer descended from the herds of Henry VIII, and some of the trees are over 400 years old. From the Park, there is an uninterrupted view across London to St Paul's Cathedral.
Kew has over 300 acres of magnificent gardens containing the finest plant collection in the world. These includes impressive Victorian and modern conservatories, with plants and climates ranging from rainforest to desert. Guided tours take place throughout the year, showing Kew's collection of over 30,000 different types of plants.
With over 50,000 restaurants and bars in South London, people who live and work in the area are spoilt for choice when looking for places to go to relax and recharge. From Indian to Italian, French to Afro Caribbean, there is a mix of culinary styles and tastes for everyone to choose from. Some of the capital’s premiere restaurants are also found in South London, as well as waterfront dining, to ensure that every special occasion can be catered for.
South London is also home to many of the country’s key sporting venues, including Twickenham Rugby Club, Wimbledon, and Crystal Palace.
South London has some of the capital’s most prestigious and largest shopping centres after the West End. Kingston alone has over 3.5 million sq. ft. of retail floor space, which includes the award winning Bentalls Centre. Allders in Croydon is the UK’s 3rd largest department store after Harrods and Harvey Nichols in the West End, and the town centre is seeing further new developments with the exciting Centrale shopping centre, which will be anchored by one of the UK’s largest House of Fraser stores.
For those of you interested in home improvements and DIY, Sutton is home to Europe’s largest B&Q store, providing a solution to all DIY disasters.
With excellent transportation, linking all of the region’s commercial centres, you are never too far from a premier shopping experience.
South London has a thriving arts and entertainment scene. There are over 30 theatres and cinemas in the region and it is home to some of the UK’s leading cultural venues and museums. The South Bank complex is in the London Borough of Lambeth is an expanding and thriving arts and leisure centre and includes such internationally re-known theatres such as the Old Vic, the National theatre and the Royal Festival Hall. Just down the road in Southwark is Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and the award winning Tate Modern art gallery. The newly opened Laban Centre in Lewisham is the forefront of the contemporary dance development, training professional dancers & choreographers from all over the world, as well as hosting an extended programme of dance performances and educational work.
The River Thames
Many areas of South London are lucky to have the beautiful River Thames running through it, allowing people who live and work here the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful waterfront developments. Wandsworth for example has over 8 km of the river running through the borough and Kingston & Richmond are famed for their waterfront attractions. When visiting the area, you can enjoy the numerous bars, restaurants and tourist attractions dotted along the banks of the river.
To enjoy the region's fantastic asset, you can chose to take a leisurely boat cruise along the river, allowing you to enjoy fully the river and the waterfront attractions and sites. There are a number of different pick up and drop off points along the way making it easy for you to travel by river to a favoured tourist destination. Click on the two links below to learn more about timetables and journey times.
Just down the road
South London is bordered by Surrey and Kent, and those living here can escape to areas of beautiful countryside and all the South of England has to offer.
Brighton and the south coast are less than an hour away by train from Croydon, and the excellent transport routes ensure that from your home, you can enjoy relaxing days out of the Capital.
Please find below a list of some of the most well known tourist attractions located in South London: