London has been crowned the best city in Europe for 2023

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Our capital took the top spot (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Hurrah, the best place to visit in Europe isn’t sun-drenched Spanish metropolitans, historic Greek sites, or stunning Croatian beaches. In fact, it’s much closer to home.

London, the glorious English capital, has been recognised for its foodie scene, infrastructure, and all-round awesomeness (we may be biased here).

According to the firm Resonance Consultancy, who publish the world’s best cities, London beats other European cities to take the top spot.

The company looked at 100 best cities to live in, invest in and visit in 2023 and considered several factors. Chief among them were attractions, walkability, diversity, experiences, employment levels and even Instagram hashtags.

London was deemed the best for its offerings to visitors but also its dwellers due to its resilience against economic devastation, the Queen’s death, Brexit, cabinet reshuffling and more.

It was lauded for its tech connections, with giants such as Google and TikTok investing huge sums of money through setting up in the capital.

Mostly, Resonance Consultancy marvelled at the city due to its expanding travel links, applauding the Elizabeth Line which celebrates a year since opening today.

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‘Fortunately the city is almost back to pre-pandemic capacity, if the Tube is any indication,’ the firm wrote on their site.

‘The London Underground Night Tube reopened last summer with the city’s other lines mostly up and running as they were before Covid. There are even new metro stops as part of the transformational Elizabeth line buildout, with trains now running directly from Reading and Heathrow to Abbey Wood, and from Shenfield to Paddington.’

The brand-new Bond Street Elizabeth line station, at the heart of London’s West End, also opened late last year.

They continued: ‘Pedestrians are also excited by the 2025 opening of the Camden Highline, the 1.2-kilometre greenway just north of Central London that will transform an unused train track into an elevated path similar to the famous urban landmark in New York.’

And while the rest of the country faces the steepest property price slump, London has fared well for its millionaire’s row homes, having sold 63% more Mayfair and St James’s homes than pre-pandemic levels.

Must be nice.

Top 10 best cities in Europe

London, UK
Paris, France
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Barcelona, Spain
Zurich, Switzerland
Madrid, Spain
Berlin, Germany
Rome, Italy
Basel, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland

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