London is the best rated major destination in Europe for shopping and nightlife, the results of the second annual Cities Survey by TripAdvisor have revealed.
However, London fared less well when assessed on the helpfulness of its locals – ranking a lowly 32 out of the 37 tourist destinations featured.
The Cities Survey, which ranks each of the major tourist destinations in the world according to how well they scored across a number of different categories, is based on more than 54,000 responses from those who have recently written TripAdvisor reviews for those cities around the world.
London scores very highly for nightlife (ranked 2nd in the world, after New York City), shopping (3rd in the world) and attractions (ranked 4th in the world), but less well on value for money (34th out of 37) and the helpfulness of the local population (32nd of 37).
In fact, it seems most Londoners could learn a thing or two from the city’s cabbies – with London’s taxi drivers ranked among the top ten most friendly, and in the top six for overall service.
The city ranking first for the best overall experience was Tokyo, which also claimed top spots for helpfulness of locals, taxi service, local public transportation, and cleanliness of streets. Tokyo received high marks across the board, as it ranked among the top ten in 13 of 16 categories in the survey.
New York City was top of the heap for best restaurants and nightlife. It also came in second for best overall experience, shopping and attractions/things to do.
Other high ranking cities were Singapore which was number one for comfort traveling alone, and second for taxi service, cleanliness of streets, ease of getting around and family-friendliness; Rome, which topped the list of attractions/things to do and culture; and Dubai, first for shopping and hotels.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the top performers by category:
Overall Top Performers:
|Second place||Third place|
|Helpful locals||Tokyo||Cape Town||Lisbon|
|Friendliest taxi drivers||Dubrovnik||Tokyo||Singapore
|Best taxi services||Tokyo||Singapore||Dublin
|Ease of getting around||Vienna||Singapore||Berlin
|Best public transport||Tokyo||Vienna||Berlin
|Best value for money||Budapest||Lisbon||Hanoi
|Comfort traveling alone||Singapore||Tokyo||Vienna|
|Best for shopping||Dubai||New York City||London
|Best for hotels||Dubai||Cancun||Bangkok
|Best for restaurants||New York City||Cape Town||Tokyo|
|Best for attractions||Rome||New York City||Paris|
|Best for culture||Rome||Vienna||Paris|
|Best for nightlife||New York City||London||Tokyo|
|Best overall experience||Tokyo||New York City||Barcelona|
Overall Low Rankers:
|Friendliest taxi drivers||Moscow||Beijing||Brussels
|Best taxi services||Moscow||Beijing||Kuala Lumpur
|Ease of getting around araround to get around||Mumbai||Punta Cana||Marrakech
|Best public transport||Marrakech||Hanoi||Sharm el Sheikh
|Best value for money||Moscow||Rio de Janeiro||Copenhagen
|Comfort traveling alone||Punta Cana||Sharm el Sheikh||Marrakech|
|Best for shopping||Punta Cana||Moscow||Rio de Janeiro
|Best for hotels||Moscow||Rio de Janeiro||Brussels|
|Best for restaurants||Punta Cana||Moscow||Marrakech|
|Best for attractions||Punta Cana||Sharm el Sheikh||Mumbai|
|Best for culture||Sharm el Sheikh||Punta Cana||Dubai|
|Best for nightlife||Marrakech||Punta Cana||Hanoi|
|Best overall experience||Mumbai||Punta Cana||Moscow|
“London has always had a lot to offer tourists, so it is no surprise to see the capital ranking high for nightlife, shopping and attractions. But it seems we Londoners can still learn a lot from the friendly residents of Tokyo when it comes to making visitors to the city feel at ease,” commented James Kay, TripAdvisor spokesperson.