London voted as world’s best tourist destination 2012

8th May 2012
Written by: Macca Sherifi

London voted as world's best tourist destination 2012

If you're heading to the UK on a gap year then this summer is the time to do it.

London has been voted as the world's best tourist destination for 2012, beating New York and Rome to the top spot.

The award, as voted by users of TripAdvisor, is just another accolade in an already successful year for the UK. London and the UK also scooped awards for the Best Global Destination, the Best European Destination and the Best UK Destination.

Gordon Innes, CEO, London & Partners, commented: "This accolade couldn't be better timed for the capital in this momentous year and we are delighted that millions of travellers have voted London as the number one destination in the world, Europe and the UK.

"These three awards are testament to the wonderful array of attractions, dining and accommodation that set London apart from all of these other destinations."

With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June, then the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it's shaping up to be a golden year for London and the UK.

London has always been one of the most popular destinations in the world among backpackers and travellers due to the number of free attractions, such as the British Museum and the Tate Modern, so heading to the UK this summer on a gap year is one of the best times to do it.

What are some of your favourite things to do in London? Any backpacker tips?

If you're thinking of heading to the UK then check out our UK country section for more advice and information.

The top ten destinations in the world are:

  1. London
  2. New York
  3. Rome
  4. Paris
  5. San Francisco
  6. Marrakech
  7. Istanbul
  8. Barcelona
  9. Siem Reap
  10. Berlin

Fiji Marine Conservation & Diving

from £1095

7 - 180 days


Scuba dive in the crystal clear waters of the south Pacific. Live in paradise on a beach camp and carry...

African Wildlife Orphanage

from £1200

14 - 84 days


Volunteer at an African Wildlife Orphanage in Zimbabwe to care for wild animals that have been injured, abandoned or orphaned.

Felucca Odyssey & Red Sea

from £274

12 days


Take a journey through Cairo and Dahab which encompasses some of the most astounding sites from the old world. Marvel...

Thailand Elephant Care Experience

from £499

7 - 6 days


At this sanctuary you can learn about the challenges facing elephants in Thailand and be part of the solution through...

Teach or Coach Sport in Brazil

from £995

14 - 112 days


Head to vibrant Brazil and volunteer at an exciting youth centre that helps over 9000 young people. Bring skill, passion...

Hands-on Lion Conservation

from £1427

14 - 84 days


Antelope Park, Zimbabwe is where our ground-breaking Lion Rehabilitation Program began. Volunteers get the opportunity to work closely with lions...

Journalism & Media in Colombia

from £2472

42 - 180 days


Take the chance to develop your professional skills and explore the vibrant culture of Colombia.

In-Class TEFL Course in Sydney

from £1290

20 days


Join our 4-week TEFL in-class course in Sydney and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign language.

HIV/AIDS Education and Counseling in Tanzania

from £100

2 - 4 days


HIV/AIDS is a serious challenge and if left uncontrolled, complications will continue to arise. Collaboration with local groups and organizations...

International Business Internship In Thailand

from £685

30 days


Thailand has become a thriving destination to pursue an international business internship with the endless amounts of opportunities available.


Mountains & Mystics of India

from £760

Take a tour of India and be introduced to the Mountains and Mystics of this incredible country. This is a...

Bohemian Trail

from £620

Short but sweet, get in touch with your bohemian side on this adventure. Peek at the Berlin Wall and flex...

Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

from £3645

Visit Rwanda, Africa's home to some of the last remaining mountain gorillas and a place where you will be warmly...

Western USA Highlights

from £2035

Discover the captivating cities and astounding natural attractions of the USA's west on a 19-day adventure that will take you...

3 Day Nairobi City Stay

Hear the call of the wild? Start (or end) your epic African adventure in the heart of Kenya. Step into...

Borneo Family Holiday

from £2097

Travel to Borneo on a Family Adventure tour and discover the highlights of this incredible region; the natural wonders of...

Antarctica Classic

from £3899

The Antarctic Peninsula is anything but a world of white desolation. Join us on a true adventure to a world...

New Zealand–South Island Encompassed

from £1279

Looking to tackle a bundle of different environments all in one go? New Zealand’s South Island has what you need...

Sailing Croatia – Split to Dubrovnik

from £719

Whether you're looking for relaxed afternoons lazing on the deck of a yacht or time to indulge in the nightlife,...

The Best of Turkey

from £467

This trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to experience as much of Turkey’s...

[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]