Thirtysomethings flee London and car-free Sundays?

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Thirtysomethings flee London and car-free Sundays?
1st December 2014

Thirty-somethings leave London for other UK cities

Record numbers of people in their thirties are leaving London for other UK cities due to overcrowding and the high cost of living in the capital according to the latest figures. 

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released data showing that 58,220 people aged between 30 and 39 left London between June 2012 and June 2013, marking a 10 per cent increase on 2010. 

The exodus is thought to be caused by overcrowding, an unsuitability for raising children and impossibly-high house prices. 

The departing thirty-somethings are favouring a move to other UK cities as opposed to the countryside, with Birmingham proving the most popular destination as 5,840 Londoners made the move to the midlands during the year covered by the statistics. 

Bristol and Manchester also welcomed more than 3,000 former capital residents each, with Nottingham and Oxford completing the top five destinations. 

Boris Johnson wants to bring car-free Sundays to London 

Boris Johnson has mooted the introduction car-free Sundays to central London having been “blown away” by the experience in Jakarta.

Having participated in a mass cycle through the Indonesian capital with the recently inaugurated President Joko Widodo, the mayor of London spoke of his admiration for the policy. 

Several of Jakarta’s main streets are closed to all traffic from 6am, allowing tens of thousands of locals to grace the city on bike and foot, with street stalls and music creating a carnival atmosphere. 

Having enjoyed a post-cycle breakfast with the president, Johnson said: "Wasn't that sensational? I have to admit I was blown away by the popularity of the car-free Sunday here in Jakarta.

"We have been thinking about it for ages - I don't think you are going to get the British people out of bed at six in the morning to do it quite like that but it is certainly food for thought.

"I will certainly be asking TfL to dust down those old ideas and let's have a look at them again.

"I think it would probably take time to bed in and it would take a few years before people got into the swing of coming out into the streets and making use of the space that a car-free Sunday provided. But it was very stimulating."


Mince pies out muesli in: Healthy Christmas hampers 

Expecting mince pies in your Christmas hamper? Well think again - traditional seasonal collections of food are making way for healthier treats this year.

Health-conscious cooks are replacing classic hamper-fillers with the likes of vitamin tablets, raw vegetables and grains. 

A study by the Guardian has found that treats including goji berries, hemp protein powder and muesli can now be found in the packages. 

Whole Foods Market are selling a “healthy and fit” hamper for £90, which includes magnesium flakes, hemp protein powder, vitamin C and a yoga mat, with the option of raw or vegan hampers.


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