LUXURY properties in Poole are among the most expensive in the UK.

BH13 - Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks - is in the top 20 postcodes outside of London with the highest average sold price.

The postcode features at number 18 with an average price of £734,121.

All 20 of the most expensive postcodes in the UK are in London ranging from an average of £7.6 million in the W1J area of The City of Westminster to £1.7 million in SW10, Kensington and Chelsea.

Outside of London the most expensive area is Runnymede in Surrey at £1.5 million with Sevenoaks in Kent at number 20 at £698,000.

The figures were compiled by estate agent comparison site

Founder Colby Short said: "When it comes to the prices being paid for the property n these postcodes it boils down to two things - prestige and supply.

"Well-to-do homebuyers want the prestige of living in these well-renowned postcodes but, unfortunately, there's only a finite supploy of homes available to them.

"When one does hit the market the chances of two or more buyers running the price up in a bidding war are high."