Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is a more popular drinking companion with Londoners than with his fellow Scots.
Research conducted for the Scottish Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival revealed that 9% of people surveyed in the capital wanted to share a drink with the Australian Open finalist compared to 7% of Scots.
However legendary James Bond Star Sean Connery served up the real ace as he netted 18% of the London vote – twice the number of Murray who in 2013 became the first Brit to win Wimbledon in 77 years.
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival chairman James Campbell says, “On the basis of this survey Andy Murray may think he’d find more drinking companions in the pubs around Wimbledon than Speyside, but I am sure there would be no shortage of people at the Festival queuing up to have a dram with him.
“I can understand why Sir Sean was so popular, however.
“I suppose he could be compared to a fine single malt – sophisticated, full of flavour, very rich and distinctly Scottish.”
Scotland’s former First Minister Alex Salmond tied with Britain’s Got Talent singer Susan Boyle for last place (3%) in the list of famous Scottish drinking companions that London respondents chose from.
As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of his death today Winston Churchill was found to be the famous figure, either living or dead, who most Londoners wanted to sit down and enjoy a drink with (5%).
The poll was commissioned by the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival as part of a study into the UK’s whisky drinking habits ahead of this year’s event.
The five-day celebration of Scotland’s national drink, which takes place in the country’s most prolific whisky-producing region, takes place from April 30 to May 4.
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