New to London: Who are your neighbours?

New to London: Who are your neighbours?

As a city, London attracts people from all around the world of all shapes, sizes and any demographic that you can think of. However, depending on where you want to live, you will come across certain types of people in certain places. 

For people who are new to London, this can be a key aspect of the capital to understand, because choosing somewhere which is populated with the sort of people they might feel comfortable living around can be the difference between a happy fun-filled life and frustration at being around people they really can't get on with. 

According to a new study published earlier this month by Cambridge University, certain areas of the capital will prove to be a draw to certain types, and depending on where you choose to buy a home in London, you could be mingling with the open minded, the extroverts or even the disagreeable type. 

Researchers from the university looked at people from a cross section of over 56,000 Londoners and examined more than 210 postcode regions across the capital to come to conclusions about where certain groups will congregate. So, who are you likely to meet in each corner of the capital should you choose to live there?

Types of people found in Central London

The researchers found that the people who tend to want to live in Central London boroughs will be those who score poorly on an agreeability scale, which means they are generally disagreeable people. 

This is not necessarily a bad thing, though. What it means is that those who are living in Central London tend to be more goal-driven professionals operating in the white collar business world. They are keen to get to the top and willing to do what it takes to get there. 

Due to the competitive nature of the area, it's likely that you'll find people from all over the world should you choose to move to the centre of the capital.

Types of people found in South London

While those who are situated in Central London are focused on their careers more than anything else, the up-and-coming South London is where we are likely to find the most free-spirited and trendy types. 

According to the research, people who live to the south of the river are more open to new experiences and are far more extroverted than those you would find elsewhere, outgoing and generally with a real lust for life. This ties in to the sort of scene found in this part of the capital, with the likes of Brixton and Shoreditch becoming some of the arty hotspots in the country in recent times. 

The south tends to be more popular with young people from all walks of life, and while many British people populate the area, there are some such as Clapham that are hugely popular with Australian immigrants. 

Types of people found in West London

While South London may well be the haven for extroverts, it's not the only place you'll be likely to find those who are outgoing. London areas such as Ealing and Hammersmith are full of people who are all about life and enjoy nights out and finding new experiences. 

Where this side of the capital will differ from the South is that there are many suburban areas in the West of London, which means that if you choose to move here, you are far more likely to find a family oriented atmosphere. West London is probably best enjoyed by those who are either looking to start a family or who already have kids. 

Types of people found in North London

From one mostly residential area to another, North London is largely filled with suburban neighbourhoods mostly populated with families, largely thanks to the fantastic transport options and the great education system around the area. 

For this reason, the people you are most likely to find in the North London region will be more affluent and slightly older commuters who prefer the quieter life outside the centre of the city, coupled with the chance to get to work easily each day. Popular areas for families in the north of the city include the likes of Highgate and Camden

Types of people found in East London

East London is the area of the capital that has gone through the biggest transformation in recent times. Whereas it was previously home to some of the poorest boroughs in the capital (despite also being home to Canary Wharf), the arrival of the Olympic Games in 2012 has changed the perception of the area and allowed for much in the way of regeneration. 

Stratford, where the Olympics were held, is now one of London's up and coming areas, and with the Olympic Village soon opening for tenants and buyers, it will be likely to attract Central London buyers who want the chance to live a little further out, which will help to spread the demographic of young professionals found closer to the Central London area further out to the east. 

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