A survey of Londoners has found the places people in the capital like to go for unwinding and relaxing away from work.

How are the top five favourite spots where Londoners spend their downtime:

Covent Garden

Chosen for its selection of restaurants and bars and shopping options, Covent Garden is a popular place with Londoners and not just a tourist hub.

It’s also a cultural hotspot, with the area being home to the Royal Opera House, more than a dozen theatres and attractions such as London Transport Museum.

Located at the heart of the busy West End and being heavily pedestrianised are two more factors in Covent Garden’s favour.

Canary Wharf

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There is much more to Canary Wharf than skyscrapers and hordes of office workers, with a surprising amount of freetime options on offer.

People who voted the area into second place chose it for its restaurants and bars, followed by its hidden gems including the tranquil Jubilee Park roof garden atop Canary Wharf Underground station.

London Bridge / Borough

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This bustling third-placed area boasts an impressive array of attractions, including the foodie heaven that is Borough Market.

Restaurants and bars in the Bankside area, stunning Thames views and close proximity to cultural venues such as the Tate Modern add to its popularity.


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Formerly the centre of London’s sex industry, Soho is famed more now for less risqué leisure activities, although it retains an eclectic and edgy feel including some adult shops still remaining.

Restaurants, bars and clubs that line its network of roads and narrow side streets pull in droves of tourists while also keeping masses of PR types and media professionals fed and entertained.


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Desirable Mayfair is known for its stylish independent shops and classy upmarket restaurants.

Away from all the glamour there are plenty of calm outdoor spots to rest and relax in, from the small Mount Street and Brown Hart gardens to the larger Hyde and Green parks on its doorstep.

Survey carried out by serviced office space provider Flexioffices.