Richmond upon Thames has been named the happiest place to live in London, for the fourth year in a row, according to the Evening Standard Homes & Property.
In a poll, from property website Rightmove, 21,000 people scored their local areas according to 12 happiness factors.
Nearby Kingston upon Thames was also rated highly, coming third in London.
The survey asked residents to rate their area on factors including crime and safety, community spirit and neighbourliness. Respondents were also asked to rate essential services, such as schools and GPs, as well as the quality of green spaces and access to cultural activities.
With Richmond Park, Kew Gardens and the Thames Path close-by, these leafy south-west London boroughs scored highly on access to nature, as well as on the quality of their well-regarded schools.
People also praised Richmond for great access to recreational and cultural activities and for being a place where they felt they could ‘be themselves’.
Famous residents of Richmond include conservationist Sir David Attenborough who told Time Out it was “favourite place by a long way”. Other celebrities, who have made Richmond their home, range from Tom Hardy and Richard E Grant to Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall and Angelina Jolie.
Richmond and Kingston are popular with families looking for a rural retreat from the bustle of London. Both provide access to plenty of green space, while offering all the facilities of a town and an easy commute into London – Richmond is just 16 minutes from Waterloo, plus it’s on the District Line.
According to Homes & Property, “Richmond is popular with families planning to leave London on their way to the countryside — who end up staying for life.”
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