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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.

3. It's a sensible, rather than an overwhelming, size.

Edinburgh is a spacious but manageable 259 sq km, while Greater London sprawls over 976 sq km.
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Edinburgh is a spacious but manageable 259 sq km, while Greater London sprawls over 976 sq km.

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

Victoria street on sunnier days! #edinhour #loveedinburgh

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.

5. Don't want to walk? No problem.

A monthly Lothian Buses Ridacard is just £48. A monthly zone 1-4 Oyster card costs £177.10. That's a spare £129.10 you'll have to spend on fancy dinners.
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A monthly Lothian Buses Ridacard is just £48. A monthly zone 1-4 Oyster card costs £177.10. That's a spare £129.10 you'll have to spend on fancy dinners.

6. It's a cyclist's paradise.

Not only are there more than 70km of traffic free cycle paths in the city; you're never far from exciting rural or woodland trails like Glentress Forest.
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Not only are there more than 70km of traffic free cycle paths in the city; you're never far from exciting rural or woodland trails like Glentress Forest.

7. Edinburgh has plenty of big name employers.

Want to help make the next multi-billion selling game? Choose Edinburgh.
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Want to help make the next multi-billion selling game? Choose Edinburgh.

8. There are plenty of jobs in the charitable sector too.

There are over 2,800 charities based in Edinburgh - both local and national. Goodmoves is a great site to use to search for a charity job.
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There are over 2,800 charities based in Edinburgh - both local and national. Goodmoves is a great site to use to search for a charity job.

9. Oh, and don't forget all the tourism jobs.

Edinburgh welcomes around 1.2 million tourists annually. Fancy working for the Edinburgh Tattoo, or as a jumper-ooter? Choose Edinburgh.
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Edinburgh welcomes around 1.2 million tourists annually. Fancy working for the Edinburgh Tattoo, or as a jumper-ooter? Choose Edinburgh.

10. You can afford to buy a home.

The average price might seem high at £233,795, but if you shop around you can snap up a fantastic flat for as little as £80,000.
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The average price might seem high at £233,795, but if you shop around you can snap up a fantastic flat for as little as £80,000.

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.

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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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.

14. Yep, it's seriously green.

Holyrood Park is a 650 acre haven in the heart of the city with its own loch, (extinct) volcano, cliffs and even the remains of prehistoric hill forts.
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Holyrood Park is a 650 acre haven in the heart of the city with its own loch, (extinct) volcano, cliffs and even the remains of prehistoric hill forts.

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.

16. Sick of smog? Edinburgh doesn't have any.

Thanks to all those trees and parks, there were no dangerously high days of air pollution recorded in Edinburgh in the last two years.
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Thanks to all those trees and parks, there were no dangerously high days of air pollution recorded in Edinburgh in the last two years.

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

Lots of #Edinburgh museums are taking part in @MuseumWeek. Visit http://t.co/psIh1w26da to learn more. #MuseumWeek

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.

19. It's easy to find your way around.

The New Town's handy grid layout makes finding your way easy. There are plenty of Edinburgh World Heritage maps dotted around the city too.
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The New Town's handy grid layout makes finding your way easy. There are plenty of Edinburgh World Heritage maps dotted around the city too.

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.

21. Some of them might even offer you a lift.

The Edinburgh Raft Race is one of the most entertaining things you'll ever see.
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The Edinburgh Raft Race is one of the most entertaining things you'll ever see.

22. The city is even friendlier at Hogmanay.

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.
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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.

Trip to Portobello beach after work to cool down #EdinburghLife

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

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.

26. This statistic is VERY important.

All those 20ps will really add up over time.

All those 20ps will really add up over time.

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.

29. Edinburgh boasts some of the very best clubs and music venues around.

Cabaret Voltaire, Electric Circus, Sneaky Pete's, Opium, Studio 24, The Opal Lounge, The Hive... whatever you're into, you're going to have a real good time.
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Cabaret Voltaire, Electric Circus, Sneaky Pete's, Opium, Studio 24, The Opal Lounge, The Hive... whatever you're into, you're going to have a real good time.

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.

31. Not a fan of clubbing? What about comedy?

Iconic, intimate comedy venue The Stand has hosted almost every comedian worth watching over the years: from Billy Connolly to Stewart Lee.
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Iconic, intimate comedy venue The Stand has hosted almost every comedian worth watching over the years: from Billy Connolly to Stewart Lee.

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.

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

34. Plus it actually snows here.

We get real winter weather; not sooty London sleet.
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We get real winter weather; not sooty London sleet.

35. Edinburgh even has a Harvey Nick's.

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.
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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?

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.
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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.

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?
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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.

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

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.
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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.

42. Or you can entertain yourself for free by re-enacting the opening scene from Trainspotting.

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Try not to knock too many people over though.

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

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

44. It's an easy choice, really. Isn't it?

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