The historic Essex town was an important outpost for the Roman Empire about 2,000 years ago. Still, according to data from the Office of National Statistics, its residents are today among the least content in the country (ONS). Norwich is the next unhappiest city, followed by Redditch in Worcestershire, whose people also experience the nation’s highest levels of worry. Perhaps shockingly, Tunbridge Wells in posh Kent is the fourth unhappiest city.

Do not be frightened. Lambeth, the capital city’s borough, landed in fifth place, so there is some hope for you, Londoners.

We make compromises to live in cities with less space for comfort, contributing to our overall discontent, with longer travel times to our friends and families and a resulting loss of social ties to our communities. In today’s world, a lack of community is becoming more and more of an issue. Pubs and bars used to be the hub of every neighbourhood, owned by hospitable landlords who operated them as gathering places for the locals. However, it is understandable that the perfectly affable duty managers in huge chains are now more preoccupied with worrying about food sales, safety, and hygiene, especially post-Covid than they are with involving their communities and planning exciting events.

Spice Social steps in as the shining knight to the rescue in this situation. Through our warm, outgoing, and welcoming coordinators and volunteer hosts, we have built a strong community of people from all backgrounds who come together for walks, quizzes, evening events, and weekend outings at various pubs, hotels, restaurants, and hidden gems throughout the UK. By organising these events, you’ve helped to energise local communities and make them relevant to people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. You are welcome to join in as they draw people out of their houses and into the streets, parks, restaurants, and other interesting places.

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