Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Slough tops least romantic charts

Slough has been voted Britain's least romantic destination.

The Thames Valley town of Slough, famously vilified by poet Sir John Betjeman, has been voted the least-romantic destination in the UK.

In his poem about the Berkshire town, Sir John implored: "Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough; It isn't fit for humans now."

Now Slough has replaced Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire as the UK's least-romantic place in a 2,000-people survey by Hotels.com.

Next least-romantic place was Birmingham followed by Scunthorpe (which was first in a similar poll last year), Hull, Bradford and Basingstoke.

The most-romantic spot was deemed to be the Lake District, followed by the Cotswolds, London and Cornwall.

London managed to make it into both lists, as it was in seventh place in the least-romantic town table.

These were the most-romantic UK destinations:

1. Lake District

2. Cotswolds

3. London

4. Cornwall

5. Stratford-upon-Avon

6. York

7. Edinburgh

8. Bath

9.Isle of Wight

10.Devon

These were the least-romantic spots:

1. Slough

2. Birmingham

3. Scunthorpe

4. Hull

5. Bradford

6. Basingstoke

7. London

8. Crewe

9. Stockton on Tees

10.Blackpool

A Slough Borough Council spokeswoman said: "Slough is not your traditional tourist area but more companies have their corporate headquarters here than anywhere else except London and it is in the workplace where many people meet their future spouse.

"We also have one of the highest annual birthrates in the country."

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