London

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Quality of life in London

By Matteo Pozzi

London is packed with endless opportunities: it is one of the world's most inviting cities for startups, as well as home to world-class schools, universities and museums. There is a robust transport network offering fast and easy commuting around London. With its vibrant multicultural environment, London offers an enormous variety of cuisines, recreational opportunities and cultural activities that appeal to virtually any interest.

London is one of the top ten city matches for 18.6% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
258/263
Details
Large apartment$2991.29
Medium apartment$2361.98
Rent index [score]0.10
Small apartment$1732.66

Cost of Living

4
234/261
Details
5km taxi ride$11.00
A Cappuccino$3.40
A beer$2.10
A kilogram of Apples$2.10
Bread$0.60
Inflation [score]0.36
Lunch$15.00
Monthly fitness club membership$75.00
Monthly public transport$150.00
Movie ticket$16.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$91.94

Startups

10
1/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups254
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]1.00
Coworking spaces [score]1.00
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co100
Meetups [score]1.00
Meetups groups198
Meetups members287990
Number of investors2218
Number of startup events in the last 12 months10870
Number of upcoming meetup events194
Startup climate scene [score]0.87
Startup events1175
Startup events1680
Startup events [score]1.00
Startups [score]1.00
Total number of startups6079

Venture Capital

10
1/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesSeedcamp, Techstars London, Bethnal Green Ventures
Number of funding accelerators11
Venture capital [score]1.00

Travel Connectivity

9
2/260
Details
Airport hub357
Airport hub [score]1.00
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.83

Commute

5
112/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_Kingdom/London
Traffic handling [score]0.52

Business Freedom

9
35/259
Details
Business freedom86.00
Business freedom [score]0.89
Freedom from corruption78.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.84
Lack of labor restrictions71.80
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.66
Time to open a business4.50
Time to open a business [score]0.96

Safety

8
115/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.53
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year0
Guns per 100 residents7
Lack of gun related deaths [score]1.00
Lack of guns [score]0.97
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.98

Healthcare

8
58/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.78
Healthcare quality [score]0.79
Life expectancy (years)81.22
Life expectancy [score]0.87

Education

9
2/230
Details
Best university in rankingImperial College London
Best university ranking8
Country mean scores in PISA math test494.15
Country mean scores in PISA reading test499.32
Country mean scores in PISA science test514.13
PISA math ranking (high school)22
PISA ranking17
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.86
PISA reading (high school)19
PISA science (high school)16
Percent of happy students0.82
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.22
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.15
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.12
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.11
University quality [score]1.00

Environmental Quality

6
157/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.40
Cleanliness [score]0.53
Drinking water quality [score]0.58
Urban greenery [score]0.80

Economy

5
117/258
Details
Currency for urban areaGBP
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.45
GDP per capita$39510.94
GDP per capita [score]0.63

Taxation

6
71/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.78
Income tax level [score]0.40
Profit tax (% of profit)0.31
Time overhead to file company taxes110
VAT (Sales Tax)0.20

Internet Access

5
127/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)31.77
Internet access (download) [score]0.61
Internet access (upload) [score]0.47
Upload speed (Mbps)10.57

Leisure & Culture

9
7/263
Details
Art galleries204
Art galleries [score]1.00
Cinemas198
Cinemas [score]0.77
Comedy clubs79
Comedy clubs [score]0.95
Concert venues313
Concerts [score]0.90
Historical sites183
Historical sites [score]0.90
Museums161
Museums [score]1.00
Performing art venues349
Performing arts [score]0.97
Sport venues260
Sports [score]0.88
Zoos33
Zoos [score]0.88

Tolerance

8
36/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.76
LGBT Equality Index86.67
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.89
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✔ Illegal
LGBT employment discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.65

Outdoors

5
124/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.15
Median peak in meters178.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)18.00
Water access [score]0.81
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Costs of living

Costs of living in London are in the most expensive 20 percent of all 261 Teleport cities and the second most expensive in United Kingdom. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to London will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$2,503$3,480
$2991
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$75
Movie ticket$16
Broadband internet connection$28
Monthly public transport$150
Lunch$15
-15%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in London are above average. For this job type, London ranks 97th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in London.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$53,397
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

6.60
Guns per 100 people
0.23
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts London in position 163 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Embassy of Afghanistan in London, United Kingdom

31 Princes Gate, London SW7 1QQ, United Kingdom

Phone: +44- (020) 75898891

British Embassy in Kabul Afghanistan

15th Street, , Roundabout Wazir Akbar Khan, PO Box 334, Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: +93 (0) 700 102 000

Startup Visa

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
YesNo3 years
Oxygen accelerator
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
NoYes26 weeks
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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

241.4

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from London

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On living in London

Noisy, vibrant and truly multicultural, London is a megalopolis of people, ideas and frenetic energy. The capital and largest city of the United Kingdom, it is also the largest city in Western Europe and the European Union. Situated on the River Thames in South-East England, Greater London has an official population of a little over 8 million, but the estimate of between 12 and 14 million people in the greater metropolitan area better reflects its size and importance. Considered one of the world's leading "global cities", London remains an international capital of culture, music, education, fashion, politics, finance and trade. Among international tourists, London is the most-visited city in the world.

The name London originally referred only to the once-walled "Square Mile" of the original Roman (and later medieval) city (confusingly called the "City of London" or just "The City"). Today, London has taken on a much larger meaning to include all of the vast central parts of the modern metropolis, with the city having absorbed numerous surrounding towns and villages over the centuries, including large portions of the surrounding "home counties", one of which - Middlesex - being completely consumed by the growing metropolis. The term Greater London embraces Central London together with all the outlying suburbs that lie in one continuous urban sprawl within the lower Thames valley. Though densely populated, London retains large swathes of green parkland and open space, even within the city centre.

Greater London is all of the area surrounded by the M25 orbital motorway, and consists of 32 London Boroughs and the City of London that, together with the office of the Mayor of London, form the basis for London's local government. The Mayor of London is elected by London residents and should not be confused with the Lord Mayor of the City of London. The names of several boroughs, such as Westminster or Camden, are well-known, others less so, such as Wandsworth or Lewisham. This traveller's guide to London recognises cultural, functional and social districts of varying type and size:

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