Love thy neighbour?


London councils receive an average of 144 complaints a day about partying neighbours

With the number of pubs in London dropping by a massive 25% since 2001, it is perhaps no surprise that residents are resorting to throwing boozy parties from the comfort of their homes.

A 2015 survey of 1,084 members of the British public revealed that 70% of them would withdraw an offer on a house due to noisy neighbours. Property experts has recently looked at the current state of London’s house-party obsession, mapping the boroughs who have complained the most about their partying neighbours to see which boroughs are the wildest in the capital. conducted an FOI request which was sent out to all 33 London borough councils. They also worked with noise measuring experts at Cirrus Research PLC.

The question was asked: how many noise complaints in 2016 were related to partying and loud music?


Results received from councils across London has revealed where the wildest parties, or perhaps the capital’s biggest moaners, are based.

In at number one was the London borough of Newham, where there were 5,935 party complaints or 68% of all noise complaints made in 2016. The high number of parties thrown could be due in part to the relatively young demographic of the borough, as more than a quarter of residents are aged 25 or younger thanks to its high student population and proximity to the University of Greenwich.

Complaints about parties in Newham accounted for 16% of the total complaints for all of London. In second place was Haringey, where there was a total of 5,515 complaints made about raucous parties, averaging out at 15 complaints a DAY.

The Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea also featured in the top ten list, its council received 4,635 complaints about partying residents in 2016. Islington, home to two universities, had 4,426 complaints a year against loud music and social gatherings in the borough. This is followed by Hammersmith and Fulham (3,257 complaints), Enfield (2,833 complaints), Hillingdon (2,576 complaints), Tower Hamlets (2,390 complaints), Wandsworth (1,921 complaints) and finally east London’s Barking and Dagenham, whose council received a grand total of 1,884 complaints about out-of-control parties.

On the lower end of the scale was the City of London, where the focus is more on working than partying. Havering, Harrow, Bexley, Brent and Lewisham all proved to have more sensible residents with fewer complaints about late-night parties.

London councils received a total of 142,634 noise complaints last year. 37% of these complaints (or 52,398) were specifically about partying, or the loud music associated with throwing parties. This averages out at 144 complaints a day about next door’s night-time gatherings.

One particularly-peeved Croydon resident stated that there was “very loud drumming and bad singing [coming from next door], it sounds like an exorcism.” spoke to a resident from Hammersmith and Fulham, a borough in the top 5 for noisy parties. Eugenie Chua, 35, spoke about her current issue with the downstairs neighbour:

“I live in a Victorian conversion maisonette, we have the upstairs unit. The walls are quite thin and you can clearly hear the music and even make out some of their conversation. It’s fine most of the time, but having loud music until almost 2am is a bit much. It hasn’t happened frequently enough to escalate the matter to the police or our local council, its mostly just an annoyance. I haven’t thought of moving, but did entertain the idea of putting a passive aggressive note on their door.”


Law firm Slater Gordon conducted a survey last year, to see how bad neighbour relations had become. It revealed that all-night partying was taking its toll on certain homeowners. Two thirds of whom stated that they are living or have lived next door to a nuisance neighbour.

The results had also shown that 20% of the participants had been in contact with their local council over the noise. In the end, things had got so bad for some residents that more than a third had considered moving because of it. spokesperson, Robby Du Toit, has seen first-hand the detrimental effects of noisy neighbours: 

“We have dealt with homeowners that have come to us as they are desperate to be rid of their noisy neighbours, many of them are families with babies that are woken up by constant partying. We have seen that the situation worsens in cities and towns that have a large student population like London.”

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