Bristol crowned ‘best place to live in the UK’

West Country city named overall 2017 winner by the Sunday Times

The Sunday Times has decreed Bristol to be the “best place to live in Britain” in its influential annual guide.

After delving deep into the stats on schools, crime and house prices, the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide 2017 put the west country hub in number one slot, summing it up as “cool, classy and supremely creative” and “a small city that feels like a big city”.

Sunday Times home editor Helen Davies: “The city is a worthy winner thanks to its ideal combination of extraordinary culture, impressive schools, buzzing culinary scene, exciting redevelopment and community spirit.”

The most desirable place to live in London this year is Peckham, apparently, after the area’s transformation from “crime-ridden, no-go patch of south London…into a hipster rival to Dalston, and latterly a middle-class hotspot.” Walthamstow, Canonbury and Muswell Hill were also rated highly.

Regional Winners

  • East: Woodbridge in Suffolk
  • London: Peckham
  • Midlands: Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire
  • North and North East: Newcastle Quayside in Tyne and Wear
  • Northern Ireland: Ballycastle in County Antrim
  • North West: Knutsford in Cheshire
  • Scotland: North Berwick
  • South East: Wadhurst in East Sussex
  • South West: Frome in Somerset
  • Wales: Cowbridge

Full rundown here