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06th Jan 2023

London named world’s best city for 2023

Charlie Herbert

London named best city in the world

It was the only British city in the list though

London has been named the world’s best city for 2023.

The English capital has topped the charts of the World’s Best Cities rankings, beating Paris and New York into second and third place respectively.

In particular, the 11 million-person city was praised for its amazing restaurants, being a hit on social media as the “capital of the world”, and having a huge amount of luxury properties that attract the mega-rich.

The site said that London is “almost back to pre-pandemic capacity”, and has benefitted from poor performance of the pound to “attract investment and, of course, previously priced-out tourists.”

They added: “An astonishing 61 luxury London properties—each worth $11.5 million or more—were sold in the first six months of 2022, which was the highest number in a decade.”

The rankings, which are compiled by real estate and tourism consultancy firm Resonance, look at six different categories: place, product, programming, people, prosperity and promotion.

They are more focused on financial and business factors, such as the number of large tech firms in a given city, than other more holiday centred rankings.

And it seems like everyday Londoners themselves are playing their own part in promoting the city to the rest of the world, by posting content on social media and chronicling the great things the capital has to offer.

London comes out top in the Promotions category, with its residents and visitors producing the most Insta hashtags, Facebook check-ins and TripAdvisor reviews.

The city’s incredible restaurants are at the fore of its status rise it seems.

“If all those newcomers can’t cook at home, they came to the right place, especially these days, when the culinary industry is being reborn after dozens of the city’s most iconic restaurants shuttered over the pandemic,” it is argued in the rankings.

“The city with the fourth-best restaurants on the planet is buzzing again with big-name openings like Dubai-based izakaya-style restaurant Kinoya in Harrods.

“There are hundreds of other rooms soon joining this increasingly daring culinary destination serving—and welcoming the world once more.”

After Paris and New York, the top five is rounded out by Tokyo and Dubai, in fourth and fifth respectively.

Barcelona, Rome, Madrid, Singapore and Amsterdam make up the rest of the top ten.

Unfortunately for those outside the south-east of England, there wasn’t a single other British city in the top 50.

Even Edinburgh, which recently topped Time Out magazine’s best cities in the world in 2022 list.

In this list, London was down in 17th, with Birmingham in 22nd.

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