So, this blog isn’t strictly Audi related.

Everything seems to be a little doom and gloom heavy at the moment: Brexit uncertainty, politician and celebrity scandals (the two are not mutually inclusive), global warming, North Korea having ‘small man syndrome’, etc. Plus outside, it’s possibly the most Autumnal day of the year so far; enough to get you down. I’d thought I’d attempt to lift spirits a jot by finding something positive to write about. On a day when Audi news is thin on the ground, as a diverting alternative, how about this?

The safest places to live in London

Yes, we could’ve focused on the most dangerous places, or the spot most likely to get burgled, or the road where your cat is most likely to get run over, etc. But I’ve opted for this instead. According to statistics released by the Metropolitan Police, the following places are the safest to live in London, and ‘safe’ doesn’t necessarily have to mean exorbitantly expensive.

  • The Borough of Richmond upon Thames. When you think Richmond you think of the park, but there are also plenty of attractive places to live: Kew, Hampton, Twickenham, Barnes and Teddington to name but a few. Lots of green spaces and a crime rate of 54 incidents per 1,000 people make it a safe option.

  • The Borough of Kingston upon Thames. London’s earliest borough and Richmond’s direct neighbour, the two share many characteristics – the Thames amongst them. Again, lots of green spaces, attractive historical buildings and a crime rate of just 57 per 1,000 residents put it in among London’s safest places to live. Decent areas with affordable options are: Berrylands, Motspur Park (West Barnes) and Tolworth.

  • The Borough of Bexley. Right down in the south-east of London, Bexley also has lots of space and green options. This may be one of the reasons it was also named the ‘happiest’ borough by a study conducted by Tekja in 2016. A crime rate of 56 from 1,000 make it a contender for safest area. Among the nice parts of Bexley are: Albany Park, Sidcup and Upton.

  • The Borough of Sutton. Sutton may be safe, and a direct neighbour of Bexley but it fared badly in the Tekja happiness survey. That said, being a victim of crime isn’t likely to be one of the things getting you down. The crime rate in the borough is an impressive 57 from 1,000. Popular areas to live in Sutton are: Cheam, Wallington, Carshalton Beeches.

  • The Borough of Harrow. In fifth place in our little study is Harrow. In addition to being home to one of the world’s most exclusive boys schools in the UK, Harrow is also one of the safest. Located on the north-west tip of London, a stone’s throw from Hertfordshire’s beautiful countryside Harrow scores highly on the safety scale with 63 crimes per 1,000 residents. Pinner, Hatch End and Raynors Lane are good places to live.

I sincerely hope you didn’t mind this blog not being about replacing the fuel filter on an Audi A3. Will be back on track next week…

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