Over 22,000 people from 194 places across Great Britain were involved in Rightmove´s 2019 Happy at Home survey. Results determine the most cheerful locations in the UK based on the participant´s responses to 12 happiness factors like a sense of belonging, the cultural scene and amount of green space.
For the fifth year running, Richmond upon Thames has snatched the top spot for Greater London. The area´s abundance of venues, attractions and events have managed to push the riverside town into first-place.
Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby, is situated in one corner of the borough, nestled between numerous golf courses, the outstanding Kew Gardens and the beautifully historic Hampton Court Palace.
However, this year´s winner was closely followed by another glorious suburb: Kingston upon Thames. The oldest of the four London Royal Boroughs sits alongside the River Thames and offers residents a remarkably unique market square and town centre, surrounded by culture-rich Victorian-era builds.
Although Central London is just 10 miles away, there´s a huge amount of cafes, bars, restaurants and museums that can be enjoyed in the town. Dominic Pasqua, the head of Knight Frank´s local office said: “It’s like prime central London but with even larger houses, much more outside space, fewer planning constraints and an infrastructure that’s good for families and for privacy”.
According to Zoopla, the past 5 years have seen over 3,400 properties sold and a 6.57 per cent increase in value change. Even though these statistics might indicate a densely populated area, Kingston is still one of the least populated London boroughs. This gives its residents the best of both worlds, where one side of the threshold is the hustle and bustle of Central London, but on the other is tranquillity and a peaceful social life.
The uber-expensive Kensington and Chelsea came third on the list and scored well on restaurants and shops. A redevelopment of the Curzon cinema and Habitat block in King´s Road is being constructed with shops, a pub, an independent cinema, a rooftop bar and 47 flats to rent currently underway.
Camden has jumped up a couple of ranks this year, gaining the fourth spot. The location´s average house price is a whopping £961,367, but this is heavily affected and increased by the affluent areas of the borough such as Parliament Hill and Hampstead. At the top end of the housing market, records are being smashed.
The interest in this eclectic area has recently skyrocketed, with Londoners wanting to revel in the district´s well-known popularity and diversity. Camden Market itself is the fourth-largest attraction in London and welcomes 28 million tourists every year, approximately 100,000 every weekend; this generates a huge £1.2 billion in visitor spending annually.