London named as world’s best destination for the first time in TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice awards

London has just been named as the best-rated destination in the world for 2019 by TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations.

The winning destinations were determined using an algorithm based on reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and experiences over a 12-month period.

When you live in London, it can sometimes be easy to take the wonders of the city for granted. London is home to beautiful parks, interesting (and free) museums, some of the best restaurants in the world and an ever-evolving and vibrant nightlife.

The past 12 months have been exceptional for London, with the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex drawing in a number of visitors, the Football World Cup also saw good vibes wash over the city as did the two month-long heatwave last summer, which saw endless sunny days and city workers spilling out onto the pavements in front of pubs, creating a buzzing atmosphere in the capital.

Paris took the title of the world’s second-best destination, with Rome, Crete and Bali taking the remaining top five spots.

Top 25 best-rated destinations in the world


1. London, UK 

2. Paris, France 

3. Rome, Italy

4. Crete, Greece

5. Bali, Indonesia

6. Phuket, Thailand

7. Barcelona, Spain 

8. Istanbul, Turkey

9. Marrakech, Morocco

10. Dubai, UAE

11. Prague, Czech Republic

12. Siem Reap, Cambodia

13. New York City, USA

14. Jamaica, Caribbean

15. Hanoi, Vietnam

16. Tokyo, Japan

17. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

18. Lisbon, Portugal

19. Kathmandu, Nepal

20. Jaipur, India

21. Hurghada, Egypt

22. Hong Kong, China

23. Cusco, Peru

24. Sydney, Australia

25. Tel Aviv, Israel

Hayley Coleman, TripAdvisor spokesperson, said in a statement: “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 Royal baby due imminently, London may continue to reap the rewards of the Harry and Meghan effect into 2020.”

Top 25 best-rated destinations in Europe


1. London, UK 

2. Paris, France 

3. Rome, Italy

4. Crete, Greece

5. Barcelona, Spain 

6. Istanbul, Turkey

7. Prague, Czech Republic 

8. Lisbon, Portugal

9. Majorca, Spain

10. Tenerife, Spain

11. Santorini, Greece

12. Florence, Italy

13. Rhodes, Greece

14. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

15. Venice, Italy

16. Corsica, France

17. Budapest, Hungary

18. Madeira, Portugal

19. Island of Malta

20. Berlin, Germany

21. Edinburgh, Scotland

22. St. Petersburg, Russia

23. Vienna, Austria

24. Manavgat, Turkey

25. Krakow, Poland

London also topped the TripAdvisor’s list of Europe’s best-rated destinations as well as the best-rated destinations in the UK and Channel Islands.

Top 10 best-rated destinations in UK and Channel Islands


1. London, London

2. Edinburgh, Scotland

3. Liverpool, Merseyside

4. Glasgow, Scotland

5. Belfast, Northern Ireland

6. Bath, Somerset

7. Isle of Wight, Hampshire

8. York, North Yorkshire

9. Manchester, Great Manchester

10. Jersey, Channel Islands

With millions of travellers flocking to see these iconic destinations each year – London alone receives around 30 million visitors per year – TripAdvisor recommends visiting either side of the peak season to have a better experience of the city with fewer crowds.

The UK is lucky enough to have a well-connected transport system, so if you are visiting London, a train ride to nearby cities is easy and relatively inexpensive if booked in advance.


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