Properties for sale in South West London
South West London Area Guide
From the lofty and exclusive mews and townhouses of Belgravia in SW1, to the crowded Victorian terraces of Brixton in SW2, to the leafy suburbs of Wimbledon in SW20, the South West of London is a large and diverse region of the capital.
The SW postcode covers the southern part of the boroughs of Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea, and the southeastern section of Hammersmith and Fulham. The whole of Wandsworth is SW, as is the west of Lambeth and the north of Richmond upon Thames, Merton and Croydon.
Running through a narrow strip north of the river from east to west, you'll find Pall Mall, Belgravia, Pimlico, Chelsea, South Kensington and Fulham. It's a stunningly beautiful part of the city and, with a half an hour walk to Soho, really couldn't have a better location. But of course, that comes with a hefty price tag.
South of the river, the SW postcode dips right down through Vauxhall, Battersea, Brixton, Streatham, Balham and Tooting. Vauxhall is a fairly charmless place but it's an exception to the rule; further from the river, the South West of London becomes a much more diverse and affordable location, popular with students, young professionals and first time buyers. Communities are strong, multi-cultured and among the most characterful in London; there are more quirky, independent cafes than a lifetime's worth of lazy Saturday mornings.
Finally, further to the west, Wandsworth, Putney, Barnes and Wimbledon make up the pleasant leafy fringes of the SW postcode. There's a broad spectrum of housing here, stretching from the fearsomely pricey to the manageably affordable. Although inner city types might scoff at the village feel of this part of town, many locals swear fealty to the quality of life offered by the area.
The SW postcode generally falls within the brackets of affluent, to well-off. The population is growing fast - perhaps surprisingly so in the most central boroughs. Young families and city types are the most populous demographic, although there are also dense cultural communities - such as Portuguese in Brixton, Asian in Tooting and Australian in Clapham.
London's Underground network doesn't stretch too far into the South West - the District line labours its way out to Wimbledon and Richmond, while the Northern line tunnels from Kennington to Morden. However, the area is well-served by the much more civilised overland trains and a great number of buses.
Victoria station and nearby Waterloo also provide great connections out of the city, as does the frequently congested Hammersmith flyover.
With so many young families in the area, there's a vast number of schools in South West London. There's a mixed bag with primaries; a couple of highlights include Westminster Cathedral and St Matthew's. Emanuel, Hampton Kings College School and Ibstock have good reputations as secondaries; St John Bosco seems to be the least popular.
Amenities and Shopping
With the centre of London within walking distance from the northeastern corner of this region, there are almost limitless options for entertainment and shopping. If the exclusive boutiques of Chelsea and Sloane Square don't tickle your fancy, head south for the thrills and spills of Brixton or Tooting markets. Clapham is a popular spot for high street names, and you'll never be too far from a big supermarket for your weekly shop.
The Tate Britain has an SW postcode, and there are a wonderful number of museums, galleries, theatres and cinemas scattered liberally throughout. The South West also has some beautiful green spaces - from the vast Tooting Bec to the small but perfectly formed Battersea Park.
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