I'm a young professional woman thinking of moving into a new build development which is 5 mins walk from Bermondsey Tube, south of Jamaica Street. Will I feel safe walking home at night from the Tube station or from the City/Bermondsey Street?
Would you recommend this area as a friendly and safe place to be?
As long as you keep your wits about you, you'll be fine. The main roads are well lit, and as long as you don't have things like a mobile phone or an ipod on display things should be ok.
I would say it's one of the safer areas of London.
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I think the main thing is to familiarize yourself with the route (or routes) you might take from the tube to where you live, so that you always definitely know exactly where you are going. You shouldn't experience any problems.
Agree with the above - to me has always seemed a very safe area and commonsense is the watchword. In 15 years in London the only major safety problem I have ever experienced was late at night in the centre of Covent Garden - supposedly as safe as houses!
It's often the central areas of town where you get very rowdy packs of people - of both sexes, but of guys especially - behaving like feral animals, "on the lash", etc. etc., whereas in areas like this one people are by and large going about their business. As various recent events demonstrates, bad things can happen round here, but they are still uncommon enough to cause surprise, shock and disappointment (which is too weak a word). People sometimes talk about being vigilant, but for me the most important thing is not to live in fear.
I have lived in this area (15 mins walk from Bermondsey Tube) for over 10 yrs and walk home at night from the tube station. My advice is pretty much same as everyone else - just keep yr wits about you, don't take short cuts and probably good idea not to talk on mobile phone or listen to iPod. Haven't ever had a problem. St James's Road is well lit (if that's yr route) with plenty of traffic.