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44 Reasons To Choose Edinburgh Instead Of London

Looking for somewhere to live? Head to Scotland.

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1. There are some truly incredible restaurants.

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Edinburgh has more Michelin star restaurants (five in total) than any other city outside London. The Kitchin's gorgeous setting is almost as good as the food.

2. And plenty of affordable, relaxed cafes too.

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Soderberg's pizza slices are the very best thing.

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4. And if you walk to work your commute will probably look a lot like this.

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You won't have to fight your way through crowded tube stations, elbow your way through ticket barriers, or cram yourself onto a packed bus.

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11. Renting is much cheaper in Edinburgh too.

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The average rental price for a one bedroom apartment is £777 rather than £1,589 (central London) meaning that a flat like this won't break the bank.

12. Also, Edinburgh flats are much cuter.

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Every city should have colony houses.

13. Edinburgh is one of the leafiest cities in the UK.

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Edinburgh has 112 parks and around 600,000 trees planted on or around the streets. You hardly feel like you're in the centre of a capital city at all.

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15. And the Meadows are just as pretty as any Royal Park.

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There aren't any deer, so you don't have to worry that your dog will do a Fenton.

17. Edinburgh's (many) museums are first class...

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The Natural History Museum might be getting rid of their diplodocus, but the National Museum of Scotland still has its amazing T. rex.

18. ...and they look great from the outside too.

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The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art looks out over a stunning, huge landform created by American landscape designer and artist Charles Jencks.

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20. Or you could always ask a friendly fellow Edinburger for directions.

In Edinburgh you're allowed to actually speak to, make eye contact with - and occasionally even touch - other people. It's a friendly place.

22. The city is even friendlier at Hogmanay.

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If you haven't experienced an Edinburgh Hogmanay street party, you haven't lived. Thanks to all the booze it's also the fastest way to make new friends.

23. You're never far from the beach.

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Portobello beach is a long stretch of golden sand next to a pretty esplanade with a real "small seaside town" vibe.

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24. It's the perfect place to watch the sun go down...

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25. ...or grab a quick drink.

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The Espy bar in Portobello looks out over the sands. It's a great place for a pint - or some homemade lemonade.

27. The pubs are ancient and beautiful.

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The Tolbooth Tavern on the Royal Mile is part of the original Canongate Tolbooth, which was built in 1591. It became a tavern in 1820.

28. One even has its very own bowling alley.

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Well, skittle alley to be precise. The Sheep Heid Inn was established in 1360 and has a traditional skittle alley that's almost as old as the rest of the pub.

30. There really is something for everyone.

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If you fancy something a bit different check out Confusion Is Sex at The Bongo Club: a fun, freaky mix of burlesque, techno, electro and indie punk.

32. You want markets? We got 'em.

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London isn't short of markets, but Edinburgh can certainly hold its own. Castle Terrace and Stockbridge Market are packed with local food and fantastic crafts.

33. The Christmas markets are truly spectacular.

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As well as an authentic German market there are local craft stalls, pop up Drambuie apple hot toddy bars, ice skating rinks and fairgrounds.

35. Edinburgh even has a Harvey Nick's.

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If you're wondering what to do with all the 20ps you saved on beer; Harvey Nichols on St. Andrew Square will be happy to take them off you.

36. There are quite a few shopping streets in London, but do any of them look like this?

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This is what you see when you come out of Topshop on Princes Street. Think about that for a minute. Let it sink in. Topshop.

37. If you're looking for quirky, independent boutiques; Rose Street has its fair share.

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This lovely, long stretch of shops sits just behind Princes Street. It's also a great place to grab a drink or a bite to eat.

38. Edinburgh's network of canals are the perfect place for a calm, quiet Sunday stroll.

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The Water of Leith and the Union Canal offer miles of serene walks: They're the perfect place to unwind after a long week.

39. Taking the train to South Queensferry is another great way to recharge your batteries.

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South Queensferry is just a stone's throw from the city centre. London: you may have some nice bridges and fairly decent views, but can you beat this?

40. After all, you might want to escape the hustle and bustle - just for a while - once the Festival starts.

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London may have the West End, but does it host the world's biggest arts, comedy, theatre, international and literary festival every year? Nope.

41. And if you get bored of the theatre, you can always go panda spotting instead.

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Edinburgh is home to the only pair of pandas in the UK: Yang Guang and Tian Tian. Edinburgh Zoo is built on Corstorphine Hill and has fantastic views over the city.

43. With so many fun activities to choose from, is it any wonder Edinburgh is the UK's "happiest city'"?

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In a 2013 Office of National Statistics survey, Edinburgh came top of the UK’s ten largest cities for well-being and "happiness".

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