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Bristol Has Been Named One Of The Best Places To Live In The South West In 2021

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer

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Damn right it is.

It’s no secret that Bristol is a great place to live nowadays, and now, the Sunday Times has cemented that fact by naming it as one of the official ‘best places to live’ in the South West.

Somerset performed well overall in the regional category with two areas of the county making the 2021 list of best places to live in the UK. It was the town of Frome who was crowned the winner of the South West, but of course, Bristol, was selected too.

The Sunday newspaper particularly highlighted Bristol’s harbourside as being one of the best places to live since the area has been regenerated over the years to become the city’s new alfresco hangout for young creatives. With great places down at the harbourside for an after-work drink such as bars down at Wapping Wharf, Spike Island and Canon’s Marsh, we can see why this area of the city made the cut.

The Sunday Times wrote: “While the centres of many cities around the UK have fallen eerily quiet, Bristol’s harbourside has continued to buzz. The impressive docklands regeneration project — finally complete after more than two decades — has given this supremely creative city a brand-new heart, joining the dots between Bedminster, Southville and the centre.”

The foodie scene down at Bristol Harbourside is on the up with more and more independent businesses setting up a shipping container at the likes of Cargo, Wapping Wharf. The judges said: “It’s a place where people from all over can gather — socially distanced, of course — drinking impeccable takeaway coffee from Little Victories, or nibbling a scoop of Oliver’s toffee honeycomb ice cream (£2.75) and watching vivid sunsets light up the water.”

“Not every local has been thrilled to share their ’hood with the well-to-do bohemians of Montpelier, leisure-seeking yummy mummies from Redland and students, but this is a place where you can enjoy urban living at it’s civilised best.”

Here’s the full list for The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2021 in The South West:

  • Winner: Frome, Somerset
  • Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
  • Bristol, Somerset
  • Chagford, Devon
  • Kingsbridge, Devon
  • Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
  • Stroud, Gloucestershire
  • Swanage, Dorset
  • Tisbury and the Nadder Valley, Wiltshire
  • Topsham, Devon
  • Wadebridge, Cornwall

Helen Davies, The Times and Sunday Times Property Editor, said: “This guide has never been so important. The pandemic has taught us just how much we rely on our homes, our communities and our surroundings. With working from home now common, it’s no surprise that many of us are reassessing our priorities and thinking hard about where we really want to live.

“Our focus for this year has been community, countryside and convenience. It hasn’t been a year for big cities or small villages. Instead it is small towns that have shone: big enough to have everything you need within walking distance and small enough for everyone to feel connected.”

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