London named UK's top tourist destination

London named UK's top tourist destinationPic: AFP/Getty

London has been voted the UK's number one tourist destination in this year's annual TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards, pipping Edinburgh and Torquay to the top spot.

With a wealth of attractions, culture and history to offer, England's capital not only topped the poll of UK destinations, but took third place in Europe behind Istanbul and Rome, and also landed third place in the world.

Among the cities to make the top 10 UK destinations were Liverpool, Belfast, York, Bristol, Leeds and Birmingham, while the towns of Torquay and Llandudno were the only seaside spots to make the list at third and eighth place respectively.

Industry experts put London's lofty position down to a host of factors, including the recent 2012 Olympics and the birth of Prince George.

Gordon Innes, the Chief Executive of London & Partners, told the Daily Mail: "London has had a blockbuster year, experiencing a surge in tourists not seen before by any other post-Olympic host city in the world.

"We're delighted that London has again been recognised by millions as one of the best places on earth to come and visit.

'During the last year we've seen record numbers of visitors to the capital, who have enjoyed everything our great city has to offer."

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