London can, at times, seem devoid of children and the elderly. On the tube and in restaurants and bars, the crowds of our capital are dominated by a 30- or 40-year age range, from students to the late middle aged. In a work-obsessed town, it is perhaps no surprise that people before or after that stage of life are in a minority.
Is London no country for old men? Well, not if you look at this selection (if you will excuse the double negative). We may think of retirement as a rush for the suburbs or seaside, but city living probably has its charms for the elderly. For everyone on the social spectrum, from posh West London widows to old East End geezers, communities in many parts of the capital can be very tight-knit. Also, it’s a more interesting place to live, and who says pensioners don’t want to have fun?