London beats New York and Amsterdam for 'selfie capital of the world'

A tongue-in-cheek analysis of photos posted to social media platforms has revealed that London is the city in which most people take ‘selfies’, reports., a personal city smartphone map service, examined over 6.3 million photographs that were posted to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms. It discovered that more than 14 per cent of all selfies and social media messages – the highest proportion – were taken in the UK’s capital.

The sheer number of landmarks, attractions and exciting venues that London possesses makes it a worthy and understandable winner. Big Ben, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace were named the most popular backdrops for a London selfie, which were predominantly taken by visitors.

In second place was New York, according to, where the Statue of Liberty and Times Square were identified as the most irresistible locations for a quick self-portrait. After the Big Apple came Amsterdam, Barcelona and Paris.

However, in terms of the number of resident selfie-takers, London ranks a lowly 93rd. A survey carried out by Time Magazine discovered that residents in Makati City in the Philippines actually took the most ‘selfies per capita than any other city in the world’. Time’s research claimed that there were 258 selfie-takers per 100,000 people in Makati, compared with only 32 in London. Clearly Londoners are far too busy to take selfies!