London posts record tourism numbers in first half of year

More tourists are visiting London than ever before, according to new figures.

A report released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has indicated that around 8 million foreign tourists stayed in the capital during the first half of 2013.

That’s eight per cent more than in the previous year and an all-time record for London. Visits to London’s top 33 tourist attractions are up by 9.6 per cent on last year.    

In an interview with, Mayor of London Boris Johnson suggested that these figures could be due to a post-Olympic buzz still present in the city. 

He said: “Last summer the palpable buzz of this great city was beamed across the globe. Since then London’s draw has gone from strength to strength with billions of pounds of international investment and huge regeneration projects continuing apace.”

“These fantastic tourism figures not only support new jobs and growth in London’s economy but are yet another testament to the Olympic legacy.” reports that if London can attract as many tourists in the second half of the year then it stands to become the world’s best city for tourism.

Bangkok currently holds that title, having attracted 15.98 million visitors last year, compared to the 15.5 million who stopped off in London in 2012.