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​London Named Top Destination In The World By TripAdvisor

Jess Hardiman

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​London Named Top Destination In The World By TripAdvisor

You'd probably be forgiven for assuming the best destination in the world was somewhere like the globally-loved icon we call The Big Apple or the weird and wonderful tech playground that is Tokyo. I've heard Paris - the City of Lurve - is also particularly nice in the spring.

But nope, the top place in the entire world is actually none other than the capital of dear ol' Blighty: London.

While I doubt it's winning much praise based on the extortionate price of a studio flat or for its current political climate, according to TripAdvisor users, the place has a lot going for it.

Having been named the best-rated destination in the world in the website's annual Travellers' Choice Awards, the English capital managed to beat hotspots like Sydney, Prague, Rome, Barcelona and Bali.

Justifying the top spot, TripAdvisor said on its website: "There's so much to see and do in London, it's easy to be overwhelmed.

Buckingham Palace, London. Credit: PA
Buckingham Palace, London. Credit: PA

"Major sights like the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace are on most visitors' itineraries, but no matter what your interests, you'll probably find something here. Art lovers should make a beeline for the National Gallery and the Tate Modern. If military history's your thing, don't miss the Cabinet War Rooms.

"Finally, forget everything you've heard about bland, mushy British food - the restaurant scene here is fabulous."

Drinkers outside the George pub in Borough High Street, London. Credit: PA
Drinkers outside the George pub in Borough High Street, London. Credit: PA

Hayley Coleman, a spokesperson for TripAdvisor, said: "The global fascination with Harry and Meghan clearly has a powerful effect as this is the first time since 2016 that London has topped the world rankings.

"With the couple's new baby due imminently, London may continue to reap the rewards of the Harry and Meghan effect into 2020."

Laura Citron, CEO of Visit London, said: "We are delighted to see London top the list of TripAdvisor's Global Traveller's Choice awards.

"London has an exciting history as a centre for creativity and free thinking, from Shakespeare to the birth of punk and the catwalks of today.

"This creative energy and cultural vibrancy can be felt in every aspect of London life: food, fashion, arts, exhibitions, shops, and nightlife."

Tate Modern art gallery in London. Credit: PA
Tate Modern art gallery in London. Credit: PA

London was followed by French capital Paris, Italy's Rome, Greece's largest island, Crete, and Indonesian holiday favourite, Bali.

The Top 25 also featured the likes of New York City, Jamaica, Lisbon, Jaipur, Dubai and Phuket.

Lisbon, Portugal. Credit: PA
Lisbon, Portugal. Credit: PA

The full TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice list:

1. London
2. Paris
3. Rome
4. Crete
5. Bali
6. Phuket
7. Barcelona
8. Istanbul
9. Marrakech
10. Dubai
11. Prague
12. Siem Reap
13. New York City
14. Jamaica
15. Hanoi
16. Tokyo
17. Playa del Carmen
18. Lisbon
19. Kathmandu
20. Jaipur
21. Hurghada
22. Hong Kong
23. Cusco
24. Sydney
25. Tel Aviv

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: World News, UK News, News, travel, London

Jess Hardiman
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