What’s life like living in a City of London today?
Cities are full of people and people are full of contradictions. People living in London will always know that it’s different to live in other parts of England other than London. Diversity and openness to the world make London a city where anyone can live the life they choose. Their various lifestyle habits illustrate how people living in different London postcodes and people from different age groups can contrast but also overlap with each other.
A big thanks to the Time Out survey. Almost 34,000 people, including 5342 Londoners took part in this anonymous survey about eating, drinking, culture, nightlife, relationships, community, neighbourhoods, travel and the pursuit of happiness. Read on and you’ll discover the answers, along with plenty more things you never knew you wanted to know about life in the city of London.
Full data below.
(Source from Time Out Index)
…mainline the most caffeine
Almost 54% of West Londoners said that it’s extremely difficult for them to get through seven days without coffee, topping the caffeine charts in the city.
…very addictive to social media
West Londoners from this survey rank highest for needing social media to make it through the week, they even hit the top spot for email checking. Three in ten said they had felt lonely in the past 24 hours.
…are master chefs.
There might be a range of trendy restaurants opening down south, but those locals like to make food by themselves. Most of them cook like a chef, and they know food always taste better when you make it yourself.
…do plenty of exercise
People living in this area are least reliant on coffee, cigarettes and checking emails. They focused more time on fitness: 68 percent of them work out each week.
…are the happiest.
This bunch of people have positive mind. More 80percent of South Londoners said they had felt happy in the past 24hours.
…know where to go for the cheapest night out.
If you are looking for a not over budget night out, head to north London. This bunch spend nearly £3 less than the average capital- dweller per night on the tiles.
…wants to live in a green communal area.
Around here, people live a life which is environmental friendly in the city. This bunch rank first for wanting greener and a fifth of them owned a KeepCup.
…but don’t spend much time on love life.
People who live on top of this part of the city spending less time on dating apps than the rest of us. They go on fewer dates and have less sex than the average Londoners.
…take the most drugs
This bunch visited up the most bar and most hangovers each year will come as no surprise. One in tem getting high during the week from the survey- and that’s only the figure of ones who admitted it.
…live in a regeneration zone.
East Londoners live in a part of town that’s probably transformed more than any other over the past 20 years, east Londoners are most likely to say London has changed for better and for worse. 57percent said they had felt stressed in the pass 24hours, no wonder why this bunch spend most money on the sweet stuff.
Mind the (age) gap
Most likely to live in Clapham.
Drinking habits: prefer the selection of cocktails more than older generations.
In a Job: 89%
*The youngest generation of adult Londoner is almost twice as likely to be veggie and three times more likely to be vegan than the oldest.
*Always queueing for food: nearly half of them had lined up for a meal in the last week.
*They spend the least on a night out but the most on a cup of coffee. They care the most about affordability.
*This bunch has so many emotions: they feel happy but also they are stressed, lonely and sleep- deprived.
Most likely to live in Hackney.
Drinking habits: Like a round of beers compared to other age groups.
In a job: 95%
*This generation are the biggest fans of takeaways, brunch and restaurants generally.
*The working professionals work the longest hours (90mins more than average).
*Unsurprisingly, they’re also the most addicted to coffee, they can’t get through the week without it.
*They have the most sex, nearly three quarters said they’d got lucky in the last month.
Most likely to live in Islington.
Drinking habits: Most likely to favour a nice bottle of wine
In a job: 90%
*They are more likely to eat meat compared younger people.
*This age group is the least happy demographic but appreciate their own city the most. They rate London culture, music and nightlife more highly than younger people do.
*After more years in work, they’re able to spend £18.44 more on a night out on average than younger age group.
Most likely to live in Islington, Greenwich or Ealing.
Drinking habits: The most teetotal generation
In a job: 52%
*They’re more likely to say the city is friendly but least likely to say it’s fun.
*This generation is less likely to be working, therefore they spend more time going to a concert, an art gallery, the theatre or the cinema.
*They spend the most on a night out: £70.18 on average
*They need the tea rather than coffee to get through the week.
Interesting facts in different postcodes of London
- Want to clock off early? Move to Bexley, where those in a job work for an average of 38 and a half hours per week– nearly 4 hours less than the London average.
Living up to their stereotype, the people of Kensington & Chelsea care least about making going out more affordable and most about making it exclusive.
Shoreditch is the most overrated neighbourhood in town, according to a quarter of Londoners (with Chelsea a distant second).
Barking & Dagenham is the borough with the most selfie control. People here are the least addicted to checking social media.
From the Time Out Index, we can tell that London is constantly changing and growing. The growth of London has revealed an interesting and important demographic shift, from diverse culture to economic growth, which made London an exclusive city to work, visit or stay. It enriches the city’s great public and civic spaces both internal and external. It allows for vitality and change, building on the ‘London-ness’ that is a crucial part of the capital’s character and enduring appeal.