London is known as a bastion of liberal values.
But by some measures the capital city is less progressive than you might think.
Findings from the British Social Attitudes survey found that residents were the least likely to say that pre-marital sex and homosexuality were rarely or never wrong.
Just 73 per cent held this view about sex before marriage and 67 per cent about same-sex relationships.
The trend is despite London having the largest proportion of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in the country.
Researchers said the regional variations were down to “religious differences” between different areas of the country and Londoners’ social conservatism was “largely driven by religious factors”.
“Controlling for religion, a factor significantly correlated with views towards pre-marital sex, differences between London and other regions became statistically non-significant,” the paper said.
So, what’s the explanation? Which religion and its association with immigration?
Part of it would be Judaism – not that I claim to be an expert but isn’t London home to the only substantial Hassidic or equivalent communities in the UK? But much of the rest of it would be Islam, no?