Thursday 9 February 2017 9:50 am

This is what Londoners want within walking distance of their homes


I report on retail and property for City A.M. I have covered the investigation into BHS and London's housing crisis. You can email me on helen.cahill@cityam.com with tips or commentary.

I report on retail and property for City A.M. I have covered the investigation into BHS and London's housing crisis. You can email me on helen.cahill@cityam.com with tips or commentary.

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When it comes to buying a home, Londoners are the most demanding customers in the country.

In the UK as a whole a staggering 25 per cent of people say they "wouldn't need anything in particular" near their homes, according to a survey by YouGov.

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Well, it's alright for some. But living in the capital is a nightmare, so it's perfectly reasonable that we demand to be near simple amenities like tube stations and supermarkets. What might come as a surprise, however, it that nearly a third of Londoners want to be near a Post Office.

YouGov asked people what they would need within walking distance of their home, and this is how they responded in London:

And we're clearly more fussed about our social lives than the next generation: pubs are a must for more Londoners than schools are. In fact, schools are only slightly ahead of off licences in the list of the capital's priorities.

Nick Marr, co-founder of The House Shop, which compiled the research for YouGov, said: "It was interesting to see that pubs take priority over schools and churches for home-hunters in the capital – but then again if you're able to put down the eye-watering amount of money needed to buy a home in London, you probably need a reliable source of pints and Sunday lunches nearby."

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