Out with the Old, in with the New: The London Generation Wave – The London Economic

Out with the Old, in with the New: The London Generation Wave

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent 

The latest Office for National Statistics figures for London show more people left the capital than moved in between August 2013 and June 2014, except twenty-somethings, who moved to London in their droves.

Some 204,443 people moved into London compared to 273,077 who moved out according to the figures, meaning a net 68,634 people left the capital for the year: 10,414 more than in the same period a year ago. The age bracket which migrated most to the capital was the twenty-somethings. All other age groups, on the whole, left.

Samuel Johnson’s famous ‘tired of London, tired of life’ quote seems to be wearing thin, with property prices and school places both playing a factor in a general exodus of people out of London.

But the deserters aren’t moving far. Clusters of ‘super towns’ have popped up on the fringe of the capital, with Lewes in East Sussex, Saffron Walden in Essex and Midhurst in West Sussex making the top three on a list compiled by The Telegraph detailing affordable towns which have rail links to London.

Check out our own Top 20 most affordable places to commute into London here.


A survey by CV-Library found Londoners are the most willing to take on a long commute to work. It takes the average Londoner 30-59 minutes to commute to work, much higher than the national average where workers only spend 30 minutes on their commute

Some 52.1 per cent of Londoners are willing to face a commute of over an hour, much higher than the national average of 10.2 per cent. While the rest of the nation sits comfortably in their cars for less than 30 minutes, Londoners tackle crowded public transport for almost an hour each way.


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