Cool Britannia – why Olympic city London is tops

July 3, 2012

LESS than month out from the spectical that will be the London Olympics and several weeks on from the pageantry of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – the United Kingdom particularly its capital London are basking in the global spotlight.

So, it should come as no surprise London was this month named as the world’s top visitor destination by credit card company MasterCard.

It is a title the city also won last year in the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, which measures the number of international visitors alongside their anticipated spend.

Some 16.9 million people are expected to fly to the Olympic city and their expected spending will bring a windfall of $21 billion.

Second placed city Paris lagged behind by 1 million while New York only managed 13th on the list with an expected 7.6 million arrivals.

So what puts London ahead of the rest?

Here’s‘s top five best of London.

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