What is the area of Bermondsey around Abbey Street by the railway line like? I'm looking to move into a flat around there and have read some relatively concerning stuff on the internet, which I suspect may be exaggerated.
I guess it varies a lot even down to the street level, but is it an area where people generally would feel safe?
We've just moved to a flat slightly south of Abbey Street (between there and Southwark Pk Rd) and so I've been walking/driving/cycling along Abbey Street an awful lot recently. Not moticed any problems at any time of day or night, it has seemed very quiet.
I think I know the flat that Davies is referring to though, on several occaisions I've seen groups of teenagers moving various serious looking amps and speakers in and out, so presume they are making some sort of music down there!
As with anywhere, keep your wits about you and I'm sure you'll have no problems. I love the area personally.
I'm fairly reassured by what you've said. I lived in Shepherds Bush for a while and it doesn't seem to be any rougher than it was there, but seems to have a reputation for being so.
I'll have a wander round the area sometime in the near future.
I moved to near abbey street from tooley street several years ago and within a few days of being in my new flat, I saw a teenager who looked pretty relaxed chatting nonchalently with friends on abbey street, suddenly stand up with a big rock and throw it full pelt at a moving car resulting in a huge whack, the car driver looked scared, i was so shocked i stopped and stared with my mouth open and they were so shocked they thought I was going to tell them off that they ran off even though there was four of them. That's all i have seen.
Shepards Bush on the other hand i got followed by a man on a winters night when i was visiting a friend, and I had to go into a shop and tell them, the man came in and wouldnt leave so they had to call the police and my friend had to come and get me. Touch wood - not had that round here! I would also say it was a bit more of a hole compared to round here - even the rough bits of se1 and se16 there are more redeeming features in my view.
I think wherever you go, in a city or otherwise, you'll always find teenagers behaving antisocially. I wouldn't judge an area on a bit of mindless vandalism or aggressive language from some of the local yoof.
I walk and cycle regularly on and around Abbey St and have never felt threatened - not yet anyway - and that in the last 4 years. It should be mentioned that there are some great new traders in and around the railway arches near Bermondsey Spa and Maltby St, best visited on a Saturday - a very pleasant addition to the area.