From least-stressed to coffee obsessed, where do you fit in London’s map of postcode personalities? (plus a formula for urban happiness)

We all know the hipsters hang out in Shoreditch and the rich hide in Richmond. But what about the coffee addicts or the folks who always wish their neighbours good morning?

According to Time Out's Our City Living survey, which collated data from 12,350 Londoners, certain postcodes boast specific personality types and habits such as coffee addicts, sleep deprived workers, and more.

The most caffeinated Londoners reside in Highgate, where 56 percent of residents say they need a hot cup a day. Highgate locals are three times more likely to be on first-named terms with their nearest baristas than those living in Richmond. 

The highest number of alcohol drinkers were in Clapton where 61 percent claimed to have soldiered through a hangover in the last week. 

Muswell Hill is the friendliest area where residents are more than twice as likely to bid a stranger "good morning" than those in East Ham, which is home to the most stressed people in the capital.


Meanwhile, the happiest people seem to live in East Finchley and the least-stressed people reside in West Ealing. Unsurprisingly, it's also where people get the most sleep.

Down south in Woolwich is where the most sleep-deprived live and Wapping is where the highest amount of love-making takes place, where 51 percent of residents claimed to have had sex in the last seven days. The area where most people watch porn was found to be Hendon.

The full results are published in this week's Time Out magazine and illustrated in the map of London below.

London personality map

The formula for urban happiness

While personalities types appear to vary across London, a global version of the study found there is only one set formula for happiness in an urban space 

Time Out asked nearly 15,000 people in 110 cities around the world about their routines and despite the cultural differences, most city dwellers experience the same highs and lows during the daily grind.

The happiest of the bunch showed similarities in the times they wake up, how they spend their mornings and more. 

They wake up at: 6.30am.

They commute to work by: Cycling or walking, ideally for 22 minutes to ensure they're getting some exercise in the morning. Surprisingly, a shorter journey to work was associated with a 4.6% rise in overall wellbeing compared to the 2.6% increase associated with sexual activity.

They earn a salary of: 2.7 times the median wage doing a job they find meaningful.

They have sex: ahead of a 9.30pm bedtime to get the optimum nine hours of sleep.

Images: Think Stock, Time Out

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