European Neighbours Unphased By Brexit As France Tops Accommodation Bookings Made For London 


The number of Europeans searching for accommodation in London remains high, despite concerns around the UK’s departure from the European Union, recent figures show.

The status of EU citizens in the UK remains uncertain after 51.9 per cent of the participating voters in the UK chose to leave after the referendum on June 23, 2016.

The UK is now on course to leave the EU by March 2019.

But despite this uncertain time, data from rental website Spotahome shows the majority of the bookings made for accommodation in London stem from European neighbours.

The largest number of bookings originate in France, which account for 22.2 percent, followed by Spain, Germany and Italy.

With an estimated 300,000 French citizens currently residing in the UK, and the majority believed to be based in London, the English capital city was recently referred to as France’s ‘sixth biggest city’ by French President Emmanuel Macron.

French love affair with London appears to be continuing in the face of Brexit and this is demonstrated by the large number of searches and bookings taking place in London.

“It is no surprise that the majority of the bookings on the site are from the UK’s European neighbours,” said Alejandro Artacho, CEO of Spotahome.

“London is and always will be a hub that appeals to people from all over the world. It’s great to see that alongside Spotahome being popular with people from overseas, the platform is gaining popularity within the UK due to it being a far more effective method for finding accommodation.”

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