Hands up anyone in east London having an illicit affair... well, that’s quite a lot of you!
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More people are having undercover affairs in the East End than almost anywhere in London, according to the people who know about illicit relationships.
And that’s even under six months of lockdown!
We have probably around 18,700 secret affairs going on in Tower Hamlets — a hotbed of activity with the highest number of secret lovers than any other London borough bar just one, says Illicit Encounters married dating website’s annual survey.
Neighbouring Newham to the east isn’t far behind on London’s “naughty list” with 10,000 liaisons, in 9th position, while Hackney to the north has 6,000 but only makes it to 28th place.
The more faithful folk in Redbridge get away with 7,000 affairs, way down at 24th on the love rat liaison list of 33 London boroughs, chased by Barking and Dagenham one place underneath with 6,600.
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Go further out, however, and Havering seems to be a slightly more faithful with way fewer than 6,000 discrete relationships in 30th position.
“East London is seeing a decline in affairs and not as adulterous as previous years,” Illicit Encounters’ Jessica Leoni will have it.
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“East Enders are more likely to be unattached and free-spirited, or simply so settled into marital life that the idea of an affair sounds like a dream.”
Only the leafy suburbs of Brent, within a hugging cuddle of Wembley stadium, have more extra-marital goings-on than Tower Hamlets, around 20,000 and positioned on top of the pile of naughties.
But the City beats everywhere in London for “love loyalty” with its citizens wrapped up in just 227 assignations in the sparsely-populated Square Mile, according to Illicit Encounters.
Nationwide, the “most faithful town in Britain” believe it or not is in Essex — and that’s Canvey Island in the Thames estuary.
Where are you on London’s ‘naughty list? East London emboldened with its affairs:
1 Brent 20,374
2 Tower Hamlets: 18,741 illicit encounters
3 Croydon: 17,205
4 Barnet: 12,365
5 Camden: 12,218
6 Lewisham: 11,850
7 Harrow: 11,730
8 Lambeth: 10,794
9 Newham: 10,357 affairs
10 Merton: 9,882
11 Hillingdon: 9,854
12 Enfield: 9,650
13 Southwark: 9,540
14 Bromley: 9,181
15 Wandsworth: 9,142
16 Hammersmith & Fulham: 8,851
17 Kensington & Chelsea: 8,615
18 Hounslow: 8,523
19 Greenwich: 8,521
20 Westminster: 8,226
21 Waltham Forest: 7,776 affairs
22 Kingston: 7,628
23 Ealing: 7,433
24 Redbridge: 7,061 affairs
25 Barking & Dagenham: 6,599 affairs
26 Bexley: 6,590
27 Haringey: 6,272
28 Hackney: 6,163 affairs
29 Islington: 6,116
30 Havering: 5,911 affairs
31 Sutton: 5,854
32 Richmond: 5,431
33 City of London: 227 assignations