According to a new study, Brits are as enraged by the city as they are enthralled – with 1,800 participants citing London’s cost of living and social etiquette as their biggest gripes.
When asked what they hate about the capital, 38% of those surveyed said the city’s rising fees were their ultimate irritant.The answer was particularly popular among 25-44 year olds, with over 40% picking the cost of living.
In the research, conducted by Unit One Architects, bad manners attracted 24% of the total votes – with 36% of Scottish participants pegging rudeness to be the thing they dislike most about London.
Queues and public transport were also popular answers, coming in neck and neck with around 10% of the votes apiece. While London’s tourist traffic, as well as the temperamental British climate, earned 6% and 4% of the overall vote, respectively.
A matter of opinion
Last month, The Evening Standard reported that London is Europe’s most congested city – and according to the survey results, the British public are in agreement. When offering their own alternative answers, some participants named overcrowding and congestion throughout the capital as the things they liked least about London.
Not all love is lost
In spite of the results, it seems that not all love for London is lost – with diversity,shopping and entertainment among the main reasons people continue to swarm to the capital. With over 20% of Brit’s expressing support, the city’s cultural diversity came out on top of the list of reasons why people love London.
Kate Nelson, editor of London 24, empathises with both sides of the argument. She said: “London is an incredible place to live and most people would tell you they feel lucky to be here.
“It is the land of possibility and opportunity and it’s easy to see why – with culture, industry and freedom in abundance. But with everything it gives, it also takes away – through gentrification, overcrowding and exponentially rising housing and transport costs.
“It will be interesting to see how London tackles these problems in the next decade or so, as it could be the making or breaking of this great city.”