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The best places to live in London

We asked thousands of Londoners about their quality of life. Here, we reveal the areas and neighbourhoods that make Londoners happiest

Colourful houses on a Notting Hill street.
© Stephanie Sadler, Flickr
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The happiest postcodes

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Phoenix Cinema
© Rob Greig

East Finchley (N2)

Secluded-yet-accessible, traditional-yet-trendy leafy north-London bolthole; no wonder they’re so chipper.

2
Love London Awards Battersea

Battersea / Clapham Junction (SW11)

Prime stretch of riverside boasting big beautiful gaffs, a self-contained town centre and a massive park with a petting zoo in it.

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3
Vauxhall One Summer Screen

South Lambeth / Vauxhall (SW8)

Vibrant nightlife in the good-kind-of-sleazy way, with great transport and stacks of high-quality housing.

4
Love London Awards Muswell Hill

Muswell Hill (N10)

Pretty hilltop enclave with loads of greenery, attractive housing and thriving, never-dull Broadway.

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Love London Awards Putney

Putney (SW15)

Wholesome, upmarket vibes and the prospect of jolly splendid hijinks down by the riverside.

Best for eating and drinking

1
Ruby's

Hackney/Dalston (E8)

From classic cockney boozers to subterranean meat markets, East Enders sure know how to party.

2
Love London Awards Islington

Islington (N1)

Well-heeled and exclusive. But during the football season nearby Arsenal gives the bar scene a weekly injection of rough-and-ready good humour.

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Stoke Newington (N16)

Not just for yummy mummies; there’s scarcely a better neighbourhood to hit the bottle hard at the weekend (or whenever: we don’t judge)

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The Dairy

Clapham (SW4)

When it’s too cold to neck cans on the Common, SW4’s brilliant bar scene has everything from traditional locals to alluringly cheesy nightclubs.

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Paradise Garage, Paradise 254, Bethnal Green, London, UK.  25th July 2015. Cocktail bar whilst bar man is mixing a cocktail.
Jonathan Thompson

Bethnal Green (E2)

A heady cocktail of longstanding locals and lately arrived trendies on Paradise Row make for an intoxicating East End brew.

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