According to the annual GfK public survey, London is the best city in the world.
London and Sydney each moved up 1 place from last year, to 1st and 2nd respectively, while Paris fell to 3rd.
The survey aims to look at all aspects of a city; physical beauty and safety records are covered, but so are less tangible things such as friendliness of the people and a ready cultural mix.
Sydney came top in the safety stakes, whilst, probably not surprisingly, Rio de Janeiro came 47th. Sydney also came top in the friendliness category, with Moscow coming 50th. If you are surprised at that, you should read my Melancholy Moscow post.
However, it’s the London versus Paris element of these survey results that will likely generate the most conversation and debate. These two neighbour cities are less than three hours apart by Eurostar, but are separated by water, language, history, food, ….
If the debate needed any further fuel, then the infographic below, from Time Out, may be just the thing.
Anna at Home & Away has pointed out that despite this accolade, London has just been voted the worst place to live, so I thought I had better to do an update to this post.
Crap Towns Returns‘ public survey has found London to be the crappiest city in the UK, the league table being:
- Chipping Norton
- High Wycombe
They have also found Hatfield to be the dullest and Hemel Hempstead to be the ugliest.