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London 38th best city to live in

Published: Wednesday, 11 June 2008   Category: Life after graduation

London is the 38th best city to live in from a quality of living perspective, according to a newly published chart.

University-leavers hoping for graduate careers in the City may be interested to hear that human resources and financial advisory firm Mercer has placed the English capital at 38 in its list of 215 global cities, reports Recruiter.

Of other cities in the UK, Glasgow and Birmingham were ranked joint 56th.

Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer, said London had increased its position by one place on 2007 in the quality of living rankings, through "a combination of factors".

He added: "It is one of the world's most attractive cities for offering an extensive range of theatre, music and other cultural events, as well as an excellent choice of restaurants serving food from across the globe.

"The factors that tend to let it down are traffic congestion and crime, and the high cost of housing compared to other, smaller centres."

Badenoch and Clark claimed in 2007 that London workers were the second happiest in the UK, with only those living in Bristol being more content in their employment.

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