The ‘worst places to live in London’ have been revealed from an unlikely source – the people who live there!
The popular satirical reviewing site iLiveHere allows residents from all over the UK to criticise where they live, often quite explicitly.
And it seems some London boroughs couldn’t escape the crossfire, being singled out as the ‘worst’ spots in the capital.
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The unlucky areas to be slandered were Tooting, Hounslow and Hackney – which was nominated twice.
These are some of the nasty things people had to say about the places, all of which should naturally be taken with a pinch of salt.
We begin in Tooting where a resident has taken the liberty of providing a thorough geographic study of the area, and its perceived faults.
They write: “Want a fun, fulfilled, family friendly day out?
“Do not come to Tooting!
“If you however do feel like making a tenacious trip to Tooting (god forbid) you’ll be greeted with some of the most incredible sights South London has on offer.
“If it’s cleanliness you’re after, Tooting boasts the cheerful rundown look whilst also being extremely littered with tightly packed shops such as fabric stores and Aldi’s, and of course the dodgy market we all know and don’t really love.
“If you are an unfortunate outsider, a quick trip on a 270 bus would hopefully take you to a better place.”
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Needless to say we think this criticism is very harsh indeed.
Tooting, as anyone who’s ever been there knows, is one of South London’s most vibrant areas and is surrounded by great places like Balham and Clapham.
And in Tooting Park it has one of London’s biggest parks.
The next London borough in the firing line was Hounslow, which was described as a ‘knackered old dump’ – which is unkind to say the least.
The review reads: “Why is there so much rubbish everywhere in Hounslow? It seems to be common practice to dump items like fridges, beds, old rusty microwaves and stained mattresses on any available street corner or back alley.
“I can’t quite work out how or when they dump them, it must be pretty hard not getting seen walking along the road with an extra large fridge, even at night?
“To sum up in a few words – bleak, dirty, knackered old dump sitting on the end of one of the worlds busiest runways!! To visit is a once in a lifetime experience.”
First of all, if you’ve consciously made the choice to move to an area next to an airport you can’t reasonably claim to be surprised by the noise.
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Secondly, Hounslow has tonnes of things to be proud of and is one of the best located boroughs in London for transport links and the countryside.
You can’t please everyone though.
Finally Hackney got the hair dryer treatment from a particular negative local.
According to his diatribe, its problem is the built up environment and inhabitants – charming!
He scrawls: “Ah, London, known across the world as being prestigious and cultured. Indeed, the streets of Mayfair give a sense of classic England, Old Victorian houses on tree lined streets.
“Take a half an hour drive east though and you’ll see a different side of London all together.
“Hackney is a desolate sprawl of grotty council blocks.
“Trash litters the grass around the tower blocks, the bottom floor windows are either smashed or have burglar bars on them.
“As you go further east, all you find is a seemingly endless maze of council flats, ranging from two story low rises to twelve story, grotesque tower blocks that blot out the sun Hackney so desperately needs.”
Of course, what he fails to mention in their foul mouthed tirades is the abundance of beauty that the local Hackney Mars provides.
Likewise the stunning convenience of the boroughs transport links and luxury Hackney Walk shopping outlet aren’t considered noteworthy.
Perhaps these residents have been focusing too hard on the negatives?
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