Bexley has been ranked as the second-best borough in London for star gazing from your garden.

With an old nickname like “the big smoke”, London is not exactly well known for its stargazing spots.

However, according to a new study, where you live in London can affect your chances of seeing the stars from your home.

A new study has revealed the best (and worst) locations for stargazing from back London gardens.

The research, conducted by The Paint Shed, analysed several data points such as the access to private gardens, air pollution, light pollution and precipitation.

Kensington and Chelsea came out on top, followed by Bexley, Lewisham took the fifth spot and Greenwich was ranked ninth.

Bromley sat much further down the list at 28th.

The worst London borough for garden star gazing is Croydon according to the research.

  • 1. Kensington and Chelsea
  • 2. Bexley
  • 3. Havering
  • 4. Hammersmith and Fulham
  • 5. Lewisham
  • 6. Richmond upon Thames
  • 7. Redbridge
  • 8. Barking and Dagenham
  • 9. Greenwich
  • 10. Kingston upon Thames

Data Source: The Paint Shed

Michael Rolland, DIY expert and Managing director of The Paint Shed explained some tips to help stargazers fans set up their gardens for a better viewing experience.

He said: “When it comes to stargazing the darker the better, this means if you want to improve your experience of stargazing from your back garden you will need to choose a dark fence paint, or exterior paint if you have brick walls surrounding your garden.

“Darker colours absorb any excess light and will stop as much reflection, making for a better stargazing experience.

“The same applies for painted patios; if you have a white painted patio, you may want to consider a dark outdoor rug or painting the patio a darker shade.”

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