A new poll is sure to stir up dissent, having crowned Bermondsey the best place to live in London.
It’s the question that we never ask, simply because we try to love all of London, and would never divide you by declaring one area top of the pile. The Sunday Times had no such qualms, however, as they’ve just compiled their annual list of the best places to live in London. In a coup for Southwark, 2018’s best place to live in London has been revealed as… Bermondsey.
It’s a second straight truimph for South London, as Bermondsey toppled 2017’s champion Peckham to nab the top spot. The list won’t officially be released until Sunday, but the Evening Standard are reporting that the Sunday Times praised Bermondsey for epitomising “the modern urban good life”, and were apparently charmed by the foodie scene. Tellingly, they also described it as a kind of utopia where residents are “typically young, affluent and often reside in photogenic lofts in converted warehouses”, which confirms long-held suspicions that the Sunday Times simply doesn’t get millennials.
Being a Sunday Times poll, previous places have been all over the shop in terms of a) affordability, and b) coolness. Whilst the triumph of Peckham last year was surprisingly on the mark, 2016’s winner was Fitzrovia, which tells you pretty much all you need to know about this poll. Indeed, Peckham doesn’t even crack 2018’s top ten – apparently the Sunday Times are just… over it?
As for the rest of the list, East London came in second place, with Clapton charming the paper. Fulham was a surprise third, whilst Furzedown cashed in on Tooting’s newly-confirmed coolness to steal fourth. The top ten was rounded out by the likes of Herne Hill, Kings Cross and Tufnell Park, as well as the ‘entirely-unsurprising-for-the-Sunday-Times’ spots of Notting Hill and Richmond. I wouldn’t worry too much about upping and moving to Bermondsey though, because there will no doubt be a new champion in 2019. My guess is it’ll be somewhere charmingly grubby and up-and-coming, like Mayfair.