Richmond, Redbridge and Newham – these were at the top of this year’s “London’s Happiest Boroughs” list. I’m happy to say that Londoners’ happiness has apparently increased over the last year too, not surprising as you just can’t not love this exciting city! Here at Davis Brown Estate Agents in W1, there are several of us who live in London and I’ve been finding out what makes us happy about the areas we live in.
John Eden – Davis Brown’s Graduate Surveyor.
I moved from Battersea in February to a 1 bed garden flat in Maida Vale. So far it’s been great living there – it’s within the borough of Westminster and did you know that residents of Westminster get a 50% discount on Zip Cars?! Now that makes me happy! Living central doesn’t mean there’s a lack of green spaces – quite the opposite, we have plenty of parks nearby which is great in the Summer months. I love living so central as I can take advantage of all the fantastic galleries in town (a hobby of mine), plus it makes the commute into the office in Fitzrovia almost pain free!
Emma How – Director at Davis Brown and Manager of the Residential Department.
I live in Clapham which falls in to the borough of Lambeth. I’ve lived here for around 5 years, in a second floor Georgian grade II listed building. It’s a great place to live and I’ve seen many changes to the area in the time I’ve lived here. It’s a foodie’s paradise with new cafes and restaurants opening all the time –we even have a couple of Michelin star eateries too. Markets at the weekend selling artisan breads and cakes give Clapham a friendly community vibe. The common plays host to several festivals in the Summer months which are always great fun. It’s a clean borough on the whole and that’s not to be sniffed at!
Hannah Cull – Receptionist at Davis Brown.
I live in Tooting Bec, on the 6th floor of a purpose built block in the borough of Wandsworth. I have lived in my flat for 11 years and in the surrounding area for around 18. The views from my kitchen are superb with the London skyline clearly visible on a sunny day (which makes the washing up not such a chore!). Over the years I have seen huge changes in the area, all for the better. I love the indoor market at Tooting Broadway, it’s forever evolving and I love to potter around and discover new shops and restaurants. Opposite is Tooting Bec common where there is so much to do; we’ve got tennis courts, the Lido and a lovely café where I go and have a cuppa with fellow dog walkers at the weekend.
Tony Guerguis – Director and Chartered Surveyor at Davis Brown.
I live in Ealing – in the borough of Ealing (funnily enough!), in a converted flat. It has a laid back atmosphere and doesn’t feel like you’re living in London. There are lovely houses within tree lined streets, and plenty of open spaces. Transport links are great, so getting into work is pretty easy.
So there we have it, we are all advocates for our own boroughs, but overall we just love London town!