Escape from the city is the perfect way to cheer up Londoners

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Seven in ten Londoners believe getting out of the city every now and then has a positive effect on their mood.

Analysis by Bexleyheath Marriott Hotel has found that seven in ten Londoners believe an escape from the city has a positive effect on their mood.

Nearly eight in ten Greater London residents either agree or strongly agree that it's important to take a break from the city once in a while, with the vast majority revealing that the occasional escape from London helps puts them in a better mood.(1)

The analysis also found that although most Londoners prefer to take two or three-day breaks, their busy lifestyles mean many struggle to find the time to unwind outside of the city. The majority (52%) are able to escape London less than once a month on average, whilst four in ten of the capital's residents haven't been on holiday abroad in the past 12 months.

Meanwhile, those living in Greater London are 13% more likely to agree that a busy lifestyle has a detrimental effect on their health than people living in the rest of the UK. The analysis also revealed that nearly six in ten Londoners believe they should do more to improve their health, and a break from the city could be viewed as a great way in which to escape the stresses of everyday life.

The seaside is the preferred destination for four in ten Londoners, although many also choose to unwind in the countryside. Regardless of their chosen destination, most people's main priority appears to centre around doing as little as possible, with 72% revealing they would choose to do nothing but relax for the duration of their holiday. For many this would also involve travelling by train, which may well be looked upon as a more relaxed alternative to driving. (2)

Cycling was also mentioned as one of the preferred methods of transport when leaving the city, which suggests some residents may even look to spend a few nights in a hotel in the outskirts of London, as opposed to travelling further afield.

Nearly four in ten Londoners, meanwhile, revealed they would stay in hotel or bed and breakfast accommodation during their break, whilst 50% would take the opportunity to stay at a friend's house.

Note to editors:

1. Figures retrieved from TGI Surveys, August 2014:
2. Based on stats from Reddit survey, August 2014:

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