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The Why We Love London / Why We Hate London Survey: Full Data Breakdown

At Unit One Architects, we conducted a survey into what Brits love and hate most about London. With possible pet peeves ranging from the cost of living to public transport, and assets including everything from architecture to entertainment, we wanted to find out what makes the capital so popular and so problematic.

After being asked ‘what do you love most about London?’ and ‘what do you hate most about London?’, the 1800 participants let us know what they love about the city, as well as what gets them rattled – and the results are below, segmented by gender, age group and location.

What do you hate most about London?

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Topline results:

  • Cost of living: 37.8%
  • Bad manners: 23.8%
  • Queues: 10.4%
  • Public transport: 10.2%
  • Tourists: 6.0%
  • Climate: 4.4%
  • Other: 7.3%

Males:

  • Cost of living: 39.4%
  • Bad manners: 22.9%
  • Queues: 10.6%
  • Public transport: 9.0%
  • Tourists: 5.9%
  • Climate: 5.3%
  • Other: 6.9%

Females:

  • Cost of living: 40.9%
  • Bad manners: 24.3%
  • Public transport: 10.5%
  • Queues: 8.8%
  • Climate: 5.5%
  • Tourists: 5.5%
  • Other: 4.4%

18-24s:

  • Cost of living: 38.2%
  • Bad manners: 16.2%
  • Public transport: 14.7%
  • Queues: 7.4%
  • Climate: 5.9%
  • Tourists: 5.9%
  • Other: 11.8%

25-34s:

  • Cost of living: 43.5%
  • Bad manners: 23.2%
  • Public transport: 13.0%
  • Queues: 10.1%
  • Tourists: 7.2%
  • Climate: 2.9%
  • Other: 0%

35-44s:

  • Cost of living: 44.6%
  • Bad manners: 28.4%
  • Public transport: 6.8%
  • Queues: 6.8%
  • Climate: 5.4%
  • Tourists: 2.7%
  • Other: 5.4%

45-54s:

  • Cost of living: 32.4%
  • Bad manners: 26.5%
  • Queues: 14.7%
  • Climate: 7.4%
  • Public transport: 5.9%
  • Tourists: 4.4%
  • Other: 8.8%

55-64s:

  • Cost of living: 44.2%
  • Bad manners: 30.2%
  • Queues: 7.0%
  • Tourists: 7.0%
  • Public transport: 4.7%
  • Climate: 2.3%
  • Other: 4.7%

65+:

  • Cost of living: 37.5%
  • Bad manners: 25.0%
  • Public transport: 12.5%
  • Queues: 12.5%
  • Tourists: 8.3%
  • Climate: 4.2%
  • Other: 0.0%

England:

  • Cost of living: 39%
  • Bad manners: 21.5%
  • Public transport: 10.3%
  • Queues: 9.5%
  • Tourists: 6.3%
  • Climate: 4.6%
  • Other: 8.9%

Scotland:

  • Bad manners: 36.4%
  • Cost of living: 28.6%
  • Queues: 14.3%
  • Public transport: 10.4%
  • Tourists: 5.2%
  • Climate: 3.9%
  • Other: 1.3%

Wales:

  • Cost of living: 61.5%
  • Public transport: 7.7%
  • Bad manners: 7.7%
  • Climate:7.7%
  • Queues: 7.7%
  • Tourists: 7.7%
  • Other: 0.0%

Northern Ireland:

  • Cost of living: 42.9%
  • Queues: 28.6%
  • Public transport: 14.3%
  • Bad manners: 14.3%
  • Climate: 0.0%
  • Tourists: 0.0%
  • Other: 0.0%

What do you love most about London?

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Topline results:

  • Diversity: 21.1%
  • Shopping: 19.3%
  • Entertainment: 18.9%
  • Architecture: 18.2%
  • Nightlife: 9.6%
  • Restaurants: 7.6%
  • Other: 5.3%

Males:

  • Diversity: 21.8%
  • Entertainment: 18.5%
  • Architecture: 17.6%
  • Shopping: 14.4%
  • Nightlife: 13.0%
  • Restaurants: 6.9%
  • Other: 7.9%

Females:

  • Shopping: 23.1%
  • Diversity: 21.8%
  • Entertainment: 21.2%
  • Architecture: 20.5%
  • Nightlife: 5.8%
  • Restaurants: 4.5%
  • Other: 3.2%

18-24s:

  • Shopping: 20.6%
  • Diversity: 20.6%
  • Entertainment: 19.0%
  • Architecture: 15.9%
  • Nightlife: 15.9%
  • Restaurants: 6.3%
  • Other: 1.6%

25-34s:

  • Entertainment: 20.6%
  • Diversity: 19.0%
  • Architecture: 15.9%
  • Nightlife: 12.7%
  • Shopping: 12.7%
  • Restaurants: 11.1%
  • Other: 7.9%

35-44s:

  • Diversity: 28.1%
  • Entertainment: 18.8%
  • Shopping: 18.8%
  • Architecture: 15.6%
  • Restaurants: 9.4%
  • Nightlife: 3.1%
  • Other: 6.3%

45-54s:

  • Architecture: 24.3%
  • Diversity: 23.0%
  • Entertainment: 17.6%
  • Shopping: 16.2%
  • Nightlife: 8.1%
  • Restaurants: 8.1%
  • Other: 2.7%

55-64s:

  • Architecture: 22.8%
  • Entertainment: 21.2%
  • Diversity: 21.2%
  • Shopping: 15.8%
  • Nightlife: 8.8%
  • Restaurants: 3.5%
  • Other: 7.0%

65+:

  • Diversity: 30.4%
  • Architecture: 21.7%
  • Entertainment: 17.4%
  • Shopping: 13.0%
  • Nightlife: 8.7%
  • Restaurants: 0.0%
  • Other: 8.7%

England:

  • Diversity: 21.7%
  • Entertainment: 19.7%
  • Shopping: 17.9%
  • Architecture: 17.7%
  • Nightlife: 10.3%
  • Restaurants: 7.7%
  • Other: 5.1%

Scotland:

  • Shopping: 21.9%
  • Architecture: 20.5%
  • Diversity: 20.5%
  • Entertainment: 16.4%
  • Restaurants: 6.8%
  • Nightlife: 6.8%
  • Other: 6.8%

Wales:

  • Shopping: 45.5%
  • Architecture: 18.2%
  • Restaurants: 9.1%
  • Entertainment: 9.1%
  • Nightlife: 9.1%
  • Diversity: 0.0%
  • Other: 9.1%

Northern Ireland:

  • Entertainment: 27.3%
  • Shopping: 27.3%
  • Diversity: 18.2%
  • Restaurants: 9.1%
  • Architecture: 9.1%
  • Nightlife: 9.1%
  • Other: 0.0%