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Love thy neighbour: New survey see mixed results for west London in most friendly rankings

West London is home to some of the friendliest communities in the capital, a new study has found, but also some of the least.

New research ranked Hammersmith and Fulham fifth out of the 32 London boroughs, with Kensington and Chelsea just one place further behind.

Further west, Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Brent all appear low in the friendly rankings.

The findings were based on number of arguments residents had with their neighbours, and named Barnet London’s friendliest borough.

The map showing the friendliest boroughs in the capital (Photo: UGC TMS)

Croydon was found to be home to the most arguments between neighbours, and therefore the unfriendliest, just ahead of Greenwich.

The research, complied Direct Blinds , looked at the friendliest boroughs based on the public’s perceptions, with the top two consisting of Greenwich and Kensington and Chelsea.

The research also revealed that people of Croydon are the most welcoming and are most likely to introduce themselves on the first day of a new neighbour moving.

Camden inhabitants are at the opposite end of the scale, with nearly one in two never talking to neighbour.

Meanwhile, residents in Islington, Enfield and Croydon have the most daily arguments.

The most common type of complaint in London is noise (22%) while car parking (10%) and bins disputes (7%) and also prominent gripes.

This graphic reveals the most common causes of arguments in five London boroughs (Photo: UGC TMS)

One-in-10 Londoners get involved in disagreements with neighbours at least once a month, 6% admitted to doing so on a weekly basis, and 5% were guilty of arguing daily.

In Hammersmith and Fulham, the most common complaint is general noise , including music, while in Kensington and Chelsea, the number one bone of contention between neighbours is noise made from children.

This map, showing people's perceptions of the friendliest London boroughs, differed with the findings(Photo: UGC TMS)

In London, men were most likely to get into a spat with a neighbour, with eight confessing to daily arguments, compared to 2% of women.

David Roebuck, managing director at Direct Blinds, said: “London is one of the most sought after locations to live in the world, attracting people from all over the globe, this is what makes the capital such a diverse place to live.

“More often than not perceptions can be quite different to reality, especially elsewhere in the UK where Londoners can have a reputation for being stand-offish.

Some neighbours don't ever introduce themselves to their neighbours (Photo: UGC TMS)

“We were intrigued to find out what people actually thought of the different boroughs compared to what actually goes on amongst the neighbourhoods.

“It was interesting to find that a quarter of Londoners would never introduce themselves to a new neighbour and that 10% argue at least once a month, love thy neighbour seems to go amiss here."

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