London has seen off a number of gorgeous holiday destinations in Tripadvisor’s latest Travellers’ Choice Awards.
The capital came second in the rankings, beaten only by the Indonesian island of Bali – placing ahead of a multitude of sweltering locations with white shores and clear skies.
Immediately after London came Dubai, which placed third thanks to its mixture of modern culture, world-class shopping and rich history.
Summer temperatures in Dubai regularly surpass 40C – weather Londoners couldn’t expect to see in their dizziest daydreams.
And the 830m Burj Khalifa – the tallest building on the planet – is more than half a kilometer taller than London’s 310m Shard.
Further down the list were a number of idyllic oases, eye-popping cities and must-see landmarks.
Bangkok, Thailand came eighth thanks to its exquisitely decorated Buddhist temples, gorgeous cuisines and bustling nightlife.
Hoi Ann, Vietnam placed 11th as an historically significant example of the Southeast Asian trading ports which operated between the 15th and 19th Centuries.
Elsewhere, classic holiday destinations including Tenerife, Cancun in Mexico and the Greek island of Crete ranked thanks to their (of course) dreamlike beaches, clear blue ocean water and SPF-50 weather.
A Tripadvisor spokesperson told MyLondon: “London has so much to offer travellers of all types.
“From rich history and culture, to world famous gastronomy, from pubs on every corner to peaceful gardens and parks – there really is something for everyone.
“London is filled with iconic landmarks and buildings and since it is so easy to get around, whether it be walking or on public transport, it couldn’t be easier to take in the sights – when the doors of the city are once again open for visitors.”