London takes world's top visitor destination accolade

London is the world’s favourite visitor destination, according to the analysis of millions of travel reviews.

Thisislondon.co.uk reports that the English capital jumped an astonishing seven places up TripAdvisor’s worldwide league tables to the number one sport within the space of a year.

It achieved such a feat thanks to the spotlight being cast upon the city in light of several global events, namely the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympic celebrations.

However, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to suggest the city’s unique mix of culture, history and cool also helped reach this accolade. Even when considering party venues, London is known the world over, for example.

The city’s tourism agency, London & Partners, said London’s top position was “a testament to the wonderful array of attractions, dining and accommodation that set London apart from all these other destinations.”

Such worldwide favourites the city beat included New York, Rome, and San Francisco. It was all change for last year’s winner Cape Town, which dropped right down to 23rd place.

The island of Providenciales in the Caribbean took the top beach destination in the world; while Florence came out on top as the best food and wine city in Europe, tripadvisor.com reports. Its Tuscan wines in particular – Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the dessert wine Vin Santo – were noted as highlights.