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And the Best Place to Live outside London is…

Locals are spoilt for choice when it comes to independent shops, bars, cafés, restaurants and culture in this buzzing city, voted best place to live by our savvy readers.

When we asked you to vote for the place to live that offered the perfect package for a fulfilling life balance, you voted in your tens of thousands for…. Barbados! Only joking, Muddy readers are more than happy to feel the love for the UK and we watched a toughly-fought contest between the most desirable towns, villages and cities from our Muddy Stilettos’ Top 200 Best Places to Live.

Alas, there can only be one winner, and the place that but there can only be one winner and the place that came out on top was… *drumroll*…


Fans of this dynamic East Anglian hub won’t be surprised to hear that their hometown clinched it. With its art centre, theatre, countless independent eateries and pubs, bustling market and long-standing family-owned department store, it has so much to offer.

Norwich is also a UNESCO city of literature, it’s less than an hour from the coast and boasts an average house price of £243,701 making it an affordable option for many.

Whether you’re looking to relocate or planning that post lockdown staycation, you’ll want to have a good nose around our full list. So, here’s the top 20 Places to Live as voted by you, with links to our guide detailing what makes each place so fabulous.

1 Norwich
2 Reigate
3 Frome
4 Winchester
5 Cobham
6 Lymington
7 Pangbourne
8 St Agnes
9 Holt
10 Brighton
11 Cookham
12 Long Crendon
13 Thrapston
14 Kingsbridge
15 Wadebridge
16 Windsor
17 Tunbridge Wells
18 St Albans
19 Lyme Regis
20 Watlington

For the top eight places to live in each of our Muddy counties, check out the full Best Places to Live 2021 results page.

Don’t agree with the verdict? (Naughty!). Let us know in the comments below if you have a gem we’ve missed out and we’ll hotfoot it down there to see if can make the cut for next time.

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