The euphemism most commonly used to describe sex by Londoners is 'riding', according to a survey.

The survey of 2,391 Brits aged 18 and over found 23 per cent of people from London, when asked what phrase they used to describe sexual relations with their partner, used the term 'riding'.

Londoners were a lot less imaginative with their sexual euphemisms than other parts of the UK, with places such as Wales using 'hiding the sausage' as their method of describing love making.

The north west had 'doing the naked dance' as the most popular phrase, while the east of England used the unusual term 'bumping uglies'.

The people of London can at least feel safe in the knowledge that their most popular term is more creative and imaginative than the most popular term in Northern Ireland, which was simply 'sexual intercourse'.

According to the poll, run by Voucher Codes Pro, of all respondents taking part in the survey, just 10 per cent would describe intimacy with their partner as ‘having sex’, while the rest preferred to use a slang phrase or term to describe what they did.