London is the world's best holiday destination says TripAdvisor

City praised for its "buzzing entertainment scene, amazing museums and top-notch hotels"

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London is the top-rated travel destination in the world, according to TripAdvisor users.

The city beat the likes of New York, Rome and Dubai to claim the top spot in the 2016 Travellers' Choice awards.

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London jumped five places up from its sixth place finish in 2015 to be crowned the world's number one destination, followed by Istanbul, Marrakech, Paris and Siem Reap.

Rome, New York and Ubud also featured in the top 25 best-rated holiday destinations for 2016.

Based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers, the top 25 winners were named using reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations that were gathered over a 12-month period.

Big Ben and London bus

The win for London comes at a time when the city and the rest of the UK is poised for celebrations as the Queen marks her 90th birthday in April and throughout the summer.

England's capital was praised by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, for its excellent cuisine, lively entertainment scene and iconic tourist attractions.

Mr Johnson said: "London is undoubtedly the cultural capital of the world thanks to our iconic attractions, buzzing entertainment scene and amazing museums and galleries.

"Coupled with our abundance of top-notch hotels and restaurants offering every type of cuisine one's taste buds could desire, it is no wonder that London has been named the best travel destination in the world. It is an incredibly dynamic city, with something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming even more visitors to our wonderful metropolis."

TripAdvisor's James Kay said: "This is the first time since 2012 that London has topped our world award rankings, proving that the capital's tourism industry is still reaping the benefits of the Games' legacy."

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World's best rated destinations 2016

World's best rated destinations 2016


The best London has to offer, from TripAdvisor users