Londoners Are The Loneliest Group Of People In The Whole Of The UK, Survey Finds

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

3 Apr 2024

Londoners are lonelier than the rest of the nation, a new survey has revealed.

Research conducted by the Belonging Forum, which aims to combat loneliness found 35% of Londoners report being lonely often or some of the time, compared to 28% for the rest of the UK.

The title of loneliest constituency went to South London’s Vauxhall and Camberwell Green, with some 41 per cent of people reported regularly feeling lonely – closely followed by 39 per cent of respondents in Bermondsey and Old Southwark, as well as Hackney South and Shoreditch, Islington South and Finsbury, and Lewisham North.

The study also found that young women were disproportionately represented.

Kim Samuel, founder of the Belonging Forum, said the stats showed there were “real issues” in London with social connection – suggesting higher loneliness could be due to the capital’s relative youth.

“In this research we have seen that young women and renters are being disproportionately affected by issues like loneliness, and the higher prevalence of these groups in central London could be a driving factor in the results there,” she said.

“We know from other reputable sources, such as the UN’s recent World Happiness Report, that the factors like economic insecurity, increased polarisation and negative consequences from social media all have an impact on young people’s place in society,”

“With London having the lowest median age of any UK region it is unfortunately not entirely surprising to see some of these issues coming through strongly in our results”.