The 25 towns Londoners are leaving the capital for

 
Emma Haslett
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Time to ditch the daily grind? Londoners are heading to Birmingham in their droves (Source: Getty)

Samuel Johnson might have suggested being tired of London meant being tired of life, but he probably hadn't had to endure astronomical house prices or daily elbow wars on the Tube.

Indeed, figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the capital has the highest level of internal migration net outflow, aka people getting out of there as fast as their legs can carry them, in the UK, with 9.1 per 1,000 residents leaving London in mid-2014.

But where are they going? And what are they doing when they get there? Analysis of the ONS's most recent internal migration data by City A.M. shows the majority of those who left London last year headed to Birmingham, where the average house price is £132,000, according to Land Registry data - decidedly more affordable than the average UK price of £220,000.

Second on the list was Brighton, where the average house price is £250,000, while Thurrock in Essex came third, with 4,861 people heading east.

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Tired of life? Where people are moving after London

Town How many Londoners moved there? Average local house price
1 Birmingham 6529 £132,000
2 Brighton and Hove 5590 £250,000
3 Thurrock 4861 £175,000
4 Epping Forest 4351 £305,000
5 Medway 4332 £160,000
6 Dartford 4259 £200,000
7 Bristol 4208 £177,500
8 Elmbridge 4169 £429,000
9 Manchester 4140 £128,000
10 Hertsmere 3854 £310,000
11 Reigate and Banstead 3814 £290,000
12 Canterbury 3726 £210,000
13 Welwyn Hatfield 3496 £249,500
14 Slough 3476 £210,000
15 Leeds 3425 £145,000
16 Luton 3334 £155,000
17 Basildon 3320 £190,000
18 Nottingham 3256 £99,559
19 Leicester 3140 £123,000
20 Coventry 3158 £126,500
21 Sevenoaks 3128 £285,000
22 Epsom and Ewell 3096 £327,000
23 Spelthorne 2991 £265,000
24 Tandridge 2907 £310,000
25 Broxbourne 2865 £237,000

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--- UPDATE: A previous version of this article stated that Bristol was the top destination for those leaving London. It was wrong.

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