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London named world's most visited city

London named world's most visited city

London is a city that boasts a huge range of attractions and it is for that reason that it is now the most visited city in the world.

New figures show that it has overtaken the French capital of Paris in the process, welcoming more visitors in 2013 than at any other point since records began in 1961.

London received as many as 16.8 million visitors, according to the Office for National Statistics, which said that, cumulatively, these people spent £11.2 billion.

This money is, of course, very important to the local economy.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said that the accolade is the result of the city's enviable mix of "culture, art, music and sport", which marks it out as one of the must-visit places on the planet.

"With major international sporting events including the Rugby World Cup and the Tour de France and spectacular exhibitions at the Tate and the British Museum this year, it is clear that this wonderful city will not rest on its laurels," he remarked.

What's more, the report noted that the most popular attraction in London was the British Museum, which welcomed 6.7 million people through its doors last year.

Neil MacGregor, the museum director, added: "London is and always has been a global city. The world collection at the British Museum belongs to and is used by a global citizenship in London."

Of course, part of London's recent popularity can be tied to its successful hosting of the 2012 Olympics, which showcased the many charming aspects of the city - and its great landmarks in particular.

There are also loads of great exhibitions, museums and galleries to be enjoyed in the capital this summer, so make sure you don't pass up on that opportunity.

Statistics would suggest that there's simply no better place to visit.

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