WE have been named the number one Sussex town for Londoners to relocate in 2020.

New research shows most 74,000 Londoners left the city this year during the pandemic.

Many opted to move to Eastbourne, says the report by Hamptons.

Eastbourne showed the the biggest increase in the share of homes bought by Londoners this year than any other Sussex resort.

Aneisha Beveridge, head of research at Hamptons, said: “Despite Covid-19 closing the housing market for seven weeks, the number of homes bought by Londoners outside the capital has risen to the highest level in four years.

“While leaving London has been a rite of passage for many – often families reaching life stage milestones – the effects of lockdown and the desire for space seems to have heightened this drift.

“Meanwhile, the lure of a stamp duty holiday acted as an impetus for more buyers to bring future planned moves forward.

“The prospect of home-working more regularly has also meant that London leavers are moving further than ever before. The average London leaver moved 10 miles further than in 2019 as buyers favour space over commutability.

“We expect this outmigration trend to continue into the first half of next year too.”