Published on October 16, 2013 | by Sarah Lafer

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London named ‘top city in the world’

Big Ben at night

The new survey shows London shining on the world stage [Alex Lacey]

London has been voted the ‘best city’ in the world, knocking Paris off the top spot, which now ranks third after Sydney.

Britain’s capital got the best overall score out of six different categories, ranking first for culture; other criteria were international status, physical location, accommodation and facilities, people and economic potential.

Despite its new ‘best city’ status, London ranked fifth for the city that people feel safe in, while Sydney took the crown for both the safest city and the friendliest people.

UAL’s international student population currently stands at 40 per cent, one of the highest in the country.

First-year journalism student, Denisa Maxim, from Romania agreed with the study’s findings and thinks London is the best place to study: “You can get the best cultural mixture. There are the best clubs, bars, concerts and so many places to go to. It is very international!”

Vanessa Diep, LCC Graphic & Media Design student from Vietnam sees it as the world’s best place to live, because of its strong association with the creative industry: “It’s one of the major cities and very fashion forward.”

Gordon Innes, Chief Executive of London & Partners said: “London’s reputation is truly global and people’s perceptions of the capital are very strong and justified.”

The bi-annual study was conducted for the Anholt-GfK City Brands Index and it clearly suggests that people regard London as the arts and cultural hub of the world.

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