Tourists spent £11.2 billion in the capital last year

Some £11.2 billion was paid out by tourists in London last year, more than £1 billion more than what was spent in 2012.  

According to, new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show 16.5 million people flocked to the capital in 2013 – the highest amount of tourists ever seen. The majority of the visitors were from America, but many French and German tourists came to the city too.

However when it comes to spending money, people from Middle Eastern countries were the most generous, as they spent almost £900 million in total last year.  

These new figures mean London is the most popular city in the world, beating previous record-holder Paris. The British Museum proved to be the most visited attraction last year, as it saw more than 6.7 million visitors come through its doors, reports

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, says the mix of culture, music and art is what draws tourists to the capital.

“With major international sporting events including the Rugby World Cup and the Tour de France and spectacular exhibitions at the Tate and the British Museum this year, it is clear that this wonderful city will not rest on its laurels,” he states.

It is believed by tourism bosses that visitors numbers in 2013 were boosted by the legacy left by the Olympics in 2012.