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Four in ten properties in London possess no outdoor space

Ryan - March 14, 2017

Those looking to purchase in London will likely be disappointed if they want a property with a garden.

New research from online estate agents reveals that four in ten properties on the market do not have an outdoor space.


Rather unsurprisingly, there are only a few gardens located in Zone 1 regions of London. Just a third of properties on the market in Tower Hamlets possess an outdoor space.

Buyers are much more likely to find properties with an outdoor space in the boroughs towards the outskirts of the city. In Bexley and Bromley for example, there are 85.4% and 84.2% of properties respectively with garden space.

The table below shows the best and worst London boroughs in terms of properties listed with and without a garden or outdoor space:

Borough Total properties on the market % of properties on the market with a garden
Tower Hamlets 2944 34.4%
City of Westminster 3441 38.4%
Hackney 1258 39.7%
Islington 1382 41.0%
Camden 2194 45.7%
Bexley 526 85.4%
Bromley 1448 84.2%
Havering 695 82.7%
Hillingdon 1353 81.1%
Redbridge 1021 79.6%

What about the rest of the UK?

Across the UK as a whole, 31.4% of properties on the market do not have access to a garden. Interestingly, three out of the five worst UK towns and cities for outside space are in the North West.

Analysis of the top 10 UK cities with the largest populations, Liverpool (59.6%), London (60.5%) and Manchester (62.8%) all rank lowest in terms of properties coming onto the market with gardens.

Bristol on the other hand possess 80% of properties listed with gardens or outdoor space.

The table below indicates the top 10 major UK cities in terms of population size and percentage of those that possess a garden or outdoor room:

Town/City Region Total properties on the market % of properties on the market with a garden
Liverpool North West 5686 59.6%
London South East 54013 60.5%
Manchester North West 2101 62.8%
Glasgow Scotland 1730 68.5%
Bradford West Yorkshire 1436 71.0%
Leeds West Yorkshire 1774 75.0%
Birmingham West Midlands 2965 76.7%
Sheffield South Yorkshire 1415 77.5%
Edinburgh Scotland 857 78.5%
Bristol South West 1387 79.6%
Four in ten properties in London possess no outdoor space

Four in ten properties in London possess no outdoor space


Alex Gosling, CEO of online estate agents, said: ‘With the need to build more homes in the UK and space at a premium, we could well see fewer and fewer new build properties with private gardens. Even new build family homes rarely come with the expansive back gardens you might have seen 30 to 40 years ago.’[1]

‘In heavily populated areas, developments are squeezed in and the reality is that private gardens takes up valuable square footage. Hence, we are likely to see more modern block of flats to meet housing demand and the outside space will inevitably be sacrificed,’ he continued.[1]

Concluding, Gosling noted that: ‘The death knell hasn’t been sounded for the back garden. There are plenty of towns, such as Grimsby, Crawley and Southport, where the majority of properties have private outside space. And moving further away from major cities, you’re more likely to find houses not flats and the large back garden you’re craving.’[1]