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London crowned best city in the world

11 December 2020

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London crowned best city in the world described as the “capital of all capitals” London has been ranked as the best city in the world for a sixth year in a row by bestcities.org!

The ranking scores the world’s best cities based on six metrics: place, product, programming, people, prosperity, and promotion. London ranked 1st for promotion, and 2nd for the product and programming categories. Promotion includes a city’s ability to tell its story (and help others do the same) depends on how it incentivizes and rewards sharing of experiences by locals and visitors. This ranking bases a city’s promotion performance based on the number of stories, references and recommendations shared online about that city. The product ranking explores the “hardware” of a city, studying a city’s key institutions and infrastructure, including attractions, museums and airport connectivity. The programming category measures the experiential pillars of a great visit: culture, food, shopping and nightlife.

As a city rich in history, an innovator of the arts, culture and fashion world not to mention its economic impact globally, it is no surprise that London is consistently ranked number one. London’s cultural dynamism makes it among the world’s most international cities, offering something for everyone. With over 2,000 years of history the city is filled with iconic building and landmarks, maybe more so than any city in the world. London invites you to explore the historical and modern culture free of charge, from free museums to art exhibitions and breath-taking sights you can truly witness a masterpiece without needing to spend a penny.

Aside from the iconic buildings and innovative architecture, London is equally as rich in greenery. Over 8 million trees, 300,000 gardens and hectares of parks and green space bloom across the city. London technically is ‘green enough’ to fall under the UN’s definition of a national park – in fact the National Park City Foundation confirmed London as the world’s first National Park City in 2019. This initiative aims to see more than 50% of London consisting of purely green spaces by 2050.

Greenwich Park, London

London is spellbindingly beautiful, whatever the season, whether the city is covered in brown autumn leaves or sweltering hot the architectural and natural combinations intertwined in the city aesthetics make it a beautiful all year round. Some say the views of London have inspired some of the world’s greatest literature from its renowned residence such as Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde.

Inspiring to aspire, a city filled with endless opportunities, driving innovation and simultaneously highlighting the importance of nature and biodiversity, London truly is one of the best cities in the world.


To find out about, please visit Exploring London and our guide to travelling across London on our website.

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