I'm currently living in the wonderous yuppie wasteland of Rotherhithe and having to move soon. I was pondering finding somewhere a bit closer to work (Blackfriars) - and I wondered if anyone had any recomemndations / horror stories / whatnot. Basically just an idea of which bits to avoid and which bits to go for.. somewhere I can get to work pretty quickly but not necessarily get stabbed for my spare change. Was pondering Elephant, but anywhere around that area or Bermondsey would be ideal.
On the issue of safety, I generally feel very safe in SE1 so I wouldn't say there is a list of areas to avoid. However, when looking at flats, make sure you are happy with the surrounding area and, if in doubt, try to speak to neighbours, etc.
Blackfriars area is good - seems to be a pocket away from the surrounding bad bits. If you are north of St Georges Circus, north of the Aylesbury Estate in Walworth, closer to say Imperial War Museum, Blackfriars Road, it is pretty good. Transport to everywhere and Covent Garden/city within walking/cycling distance.
I have a small studio available for £866 per month, where emphasis should be put on /small/ in Brook Drive (the E&C end). I don't think there's much room for negotiation on this one, but PM me if you want a viewing.