Men living in west London now have the highest life expectancy in Europe, new research has revealed.
A baby boy born in the area today would be estimated to live to just over 82 years, according to Eurostat.
West London men are therefore expected to live almost four years longer than the average new-born male born in the EU who may live until 78.1 years old.
The European Union (EU) statistics department published the study to mark International Men’s Day.
Men are said to live 5.4 years less than women in the EU, according to the statistics.
Only men from Madrid’s city centre tend to live as long as the west Londoners.
However, a leading academic in life expectancy has warned against branding west London as a place of privilege, saying there is also “huge inequality”.
Professor Michael Marmot, told The Guardian: “At the time of the Grenfell Tower disaster the median income in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea was £32,700-a-year. The mean was £123,000-a-year.
“And the life expectancy for men in the area around Grenfell Tower was 14 years lower than for men in the richest part of the borough.”
Women from the same statistical area of inner west London, including Camden, the City, Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Wandsworth, can expect to live more than three years longer than their male neighbours, dying on average at the age of 85.6.
All London men do well on the life expectancy league table compared with other European regions.
Men from north and north-west outer London make the top five with an expected age of 82.
The study analysed life-expectancy rates over three years from 2015 to 2017.
This year, the average longevity of a British person’s life was cut by six months. Public health officials have blamed it on the impact of austerity.
It has been forecast that by 2032, men might be expected to live as long as women with a shared average life expectancy of 87.5.
The shortest life expectancy for men in the UK was in west central Scotland, where men die on average at about 75.5, compared to 80 for the women in the area.
Men in a part of central and western Lithuania have the lowest life expectancy in the union where men die at an average age of 69.7.
Women in two of Lithuania’s regions, Sostinės and Vidurio ir vakarų Lietuvos, will outlive their male counterparts by 10 years. It is the widest gap between the sexes recorded to date.