The happiest postcodes
East Finchley (N2)
Secluded-yet-accessible, traditional-yet-trendy leafy north-London bolthole; no wonder they’re so chipper.
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.
South Lambeth / Vauxhall (SW8)
Vibrant nightlife in the good-kind-of-sleazy way, with great transport and stacks of high-quality housing.
Muswell Hill (N10)
Pretty hilltop enclave with loads of greenery, attractive housing and thriving, never-dull Broadway.
Wholesome, upmarket vibes and the prospect of jolly splendid hijinks down by the riverside.
Best for eating and drinking
From classic cockney boozers to subterranean meat markets, East Enders sure know how to party.
Well-heeled and exclusive. But during the football season nearby Arsenal gives the bar scene a weekly injection of rough-and-ready good humour.
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)
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.
Bethnal Green (E2)
A heady cocktail of longstanding locals and lately arrived trendies on Paradise Row make for an intoxicating East End brew.