This Map Shows Where to Have the Best Sleep in London

We reveal the London neighbourhoods guaranteed to give you the best sleep.

We've put our collection of 1,800 world-class London homes through their paces by rigorously testing everything from tog to decibel levels.

Our expert home critics revealed that Kensington took the top spot for the number of homes boasting super-king beds (68%), perfect for those star-fish sleepers. Those with the finer things in mind should look no further than Greenwich, where 62% of Plum Guide homes are blessed with Egyptian cotton bed linen or 800+ thread count sheets.

Balham boasts the number of homes with the highest number of 13.5 tog level duvets (74%), providing the right amount of snug with just enough weight, whilst Canary Wharf took the crown for the neighbourhood with the highest standard of mattress (65%).


The Ivory Townhouse, BalhamThose dreaming of lazy mornings and long weekends will welcome our collection of Shoreditch and Hampstead homes. A huge 94% of homes in Shoreditch are fitted with blackout blinds, perfect for sleeping soundly in the heart of the east end, whilst 88% of Hampstead homes will ensure a peaceful slumber with a noise level of 30 decibels or lower in each bedroom. 

Fly Me To The Moon, ShoreditchThe London neighbourhoods for the best night’s sleep are, in order: Kensington, Greenwich, Balham, Shoreditch, Canary Wharf and Hampstead.

Space Odyssey, KensingtonA snapshot of the test points judged for the best sleep:

  • Mattress rated out of poor, standard and high-quality 
  • Size of bed 
  • Lowest average decibel levels in the bedroom 
  • High quality of linen, ranging from French linen, Egyptian cotton and 800+ thread count
  • High quality of pillows, ranging from Soak and Sleep, Tempur, Casper or Eve
  • Best blinds that keep the sunlight out in the morning
  • Best quality duvet
  • Best tog level 

The Lavender House, Canary WharfThe test points judged as part of this sleep study are part of our wider Plum Test, consisting of over 150+ criteria points. The Plum Test leverages an innovative combination of big data and expert human curation for a test so rigorous, only one in every 100 homes is invited to be part of our collection.

Developed by gathering insights from psychologists, designers, hoteliers, travellers and architects, our test determines the precise ingredients a space needs to deliver a perfect stay.

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