London is officially the best city in the world. Yes, you heard right, London has been voted the best city in the entire world in a study surveying 2,500 people. According to a PwC survey London has come out top for quality of life, leaving both Paris and New York in the dust. The survey, published at the end of 2016, was ranked on a variety of different factors including culture, infrastructure, entertainment and general happiness. The survey was conducted with an aim to challenge how the perceptions of high-reputation cities matched the reality of their quality of life.
The results were as follows:
Top five countries in the world according to PwC survey
- New York
What makes London NUMBER 1?
London was commended in the survey for its ‘dynamic’ energy. Well, we certainly can’t deny that! London is one of those exciting cities where all you have to do is walk down the street to see something new. This city has been a cultural sponge for centuries, which is evident in the diversity of the sights and sounds that together create London’s unique identity.
London was also commended for its trend-setting ability, its wide range of entertainment and for its well-developed technological infrastructure.
But what else makes London one of the best cities in the world? Why should you visit London of all places?
Here are our top 8 reasons why you HAVE to visit London.
London is filled with scenic lush green parks that will inspire serenity and peace during your London visit.
Hyde Park is 350 acre large nature reserve that is home to several iconic English landmarks such as The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, The Serpentine Bridge and, finally, Speakers’ Corner. There are beautiful lakes, botanical gardens, statues, restaurants – and far, far more for you to enjoy during you trip to Hyde Park.
Richmond Park is located in West London and is the perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Expect gorgeous indigenous trees, endangered fungi, hundreds of species of birds and red deer roaming in this scenic Nature Reserve. Richmond Park is the largest of the 8 Royal Parks of London and perfect for animal watching and natural walks. Relax and breathe it all in.
In South London you’ll find Greenwich Park. Soak in the panoramic views of London from across the River Thames. The romantic gleam and glimmer of the River Thames is perfect for a couple’s London trip. Take an adventure into space by visiting the Royal Observatory that resides on the edge of Greenwich Park. This is also the location of the Prime Meridian Line. Since 1884, the Prime Meridian has served as the reference point for Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). If you want to find out more, there is a museum dedicated to its discovery right next door to the Royal Observatory.
Edgy Fashion Capital
If you’re into fashion, then London is the place for you.
When looking for cutting-edge fashion boutiques, where should you go? Caranby Street is a go-to destination for emerging fashion creatives and experimentation. See the future of fashion in the quintessential creative district just off Oxford Street. If you’re looking for vintage clothes, take yourself down to Shoreditch or Camden Town for vintage shops, stalls and markets.
Not as Rainy as People Think!
London has less rainfall than New York City, despite the reputation of England’s drizzly weather.
City of Great Writers
Several authors have penned their greatest works in this city, from Charles Dickens to Arthur Conan Doyle, London has never failed to inspire the greatest literary minds of all time. Here are some quick facts about great writers/minds in London.
Did you know… that the Communist manifesto was actually first drafted by Karl Marx in what is now a trendy Be at One bar on Great Windmill Street in London?
During the 20s and 30s, Bloomsbury Square Gardens in London was the meeting point for the radical intellects who made up ‘The Bloomsbury Group’, which included Virginia Woolf, EM Forster, Lytton Strachey and several other influential writers of the early 20th century.
The home of Victorian author Charles Dickens near Russell Square (writer of Olivier Twist and A Tale of Two Cities) is now a museum dedicated to his life. Venture through this atmospheric house and travel back in time to the days of scrawling quills and ‘how do you dos’.
Amazing Attractions Wherever you go
London is filled with some of the best city attractions the world has ever seen! There’s Big Ben and the houses of parliament, the London Eye, the River Thames’ Southbank, the British Museum… phew, you could run out of breath trying to name all the must-visit sites London has to offer! Let the tourist in you out and enjoy all the sights and sounds of London town.
From huge stadiums to intimate underground spaces, London has always heaved with incredible musical venues. If you’re looking for a good gig during your time in London, you’re going to be spoiled for choice.
A lot of legendary moments in music history took place in London. For example - iconic jazz venue Ronnie Scott’s in Soho, saw legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix perform his last public gig EVER before his death in 1970.
Looking for things to do around London? Why not take a tour of all the street art portraits that immortalize Amy Winehouse in Camden Town? Or you could visit where the Beatles used to live at 75 Green Street near Hyde Park.
Can you believe that London has over 300 museums? Historical museums, art galleries, military warfare museums, science museums… no matter what you’re looking for, London will have it.
The British Museum has one of the largest collections known in existence, with over 80,000 items on display and over 8 million residing elsewhere in the premise. Home to Ancient Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stone, and many, many more iconic artefacts, the British Museum is a wonder to behold.
Bordering on the edge of Trafalgar Square, you will find The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery. These art establishments are filled with centuries and centuries worth of exquisite British art and will never fail to make you feeling inspired.
If you’re looking for something a little different, don’t worry, London is filled with quirky museums off the beaten track. For example, there is The Cartoon Museum just off Russell Square, which is a perfect quirky day out for art enthusiasts. Or maybe you’d like to visit the home of Sherlock Holmes at 22 Baker Street, this mysterious immersive museum is a perfect for literary fans everywhere!
8. Great Hotels in Central London
There are several hotels near Liverpool Street Station London and other major central destinations for you to choose from when visiting London. But, how do you choose which one to stay at? Which one will provide the best experience during your London visit? It’s hard to find the perfect hotel, but don’t fret, because we’re here to help. The Royal Montcalm London City Hotel is the perfect destination for any travelers looking for a unique London stay. With proximity to all major London attractions and a dedication to exceptional customer care, you won’t find anywhere better than Royal Montcalm London City Hotel.
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