Wandsworth ‘happy place to live’

Wandsworth is the fourth happiest place to live in the Capital, and the happiest inner London borough, a new survey reveals.

The annual Happy at Home survey by property website Rightmove asked more than 21,000 people across the UK how happy they are with where they live, based on factors such as how safe they feel, how friendly the neighbours are, the standard of local services, opportunities to develop their skills and the quality of green spaces and cultural activities.

Wandsworth came fourth in London, pipped only by leafy Richmond, Bromley and Kingston. It came top of the inner London boroughs, ahead of trendy Camden and four places above Westminster.

Wandsworth consistently does well in surveys such as this. Last year it was named the fourth best place to live in England for disadvantaged residents, and previously Balham, Southfields, Earlsfield and Tooting have all scored highly in surveys of desirable places to live. 

The Promontory in Battersea Park, one of London's best-loved green spaces

Deputy leader of the council Jonathan Cook said: “It’s good news that people enjoy living in our borough. We feel it has a real sense of community with everyone pulling together to make it a great place to be. Crime rates are the lowest in inner London, almost all our schools are good or excellent and we have some of London’s best parks.

“We have also worked hard to deliver good local services, keep council tax low and help residents to make the most of the extensive inward investment and regeneration that’s gong on in our borough by putting them top of the list for homes, jobs and training opportunities.

The Northern Line's coming to the borough

“We will continue to create opportunities for our residents and bring improvements to the borough including thousands of new homes and the extension of the Northern Line to Nine Elms and Battersea, so Wandsworth’s only going to be getting better!”

Find out more about how the council is improving the borough at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/brighterborough

Read the Happy at Home survey.