Life expectancy in London is now higher than for any other region in the UK, according to a report released by the Office for National Statistics yesterday.

During 2017 to 2019, life expectancy for both men and women increased significantly compared to the 2014 to 2016 period. The increase was the highest in the country, placing London firmly at the top of the list.

These figures do not yet show the impact of COVID-19, as Ben Humberstone, the Head of Health Analysis and Life Events at the ONS notes in the report:

“The impact of COVID-19 on local area period life expectancy will be shown in the next release covering the period 2018 to 2020, which is planned for publication in Autumn 2021. These local area estimates for the latest period were produced using data up to the end of December 2019, and therefore precede the COVID-19 pandemic.”


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