London crowned the third best tourist destination in the world

Let’s stop moaning about the Saharan dust taking over London and celebrate the capital.

London is the third favourite destination for tourists around the world, a poll by TripAdvisor has shown.

The capital was also voted the top UK destination by TripAdvisor users.

While Istanbul and Rome snapped up the first and second places respectively, Beijing and Prague came fourth and fifth.

TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said: “These awards are based on millions of reviews and ratings by those that really matter - travellers themselves.

“There is no doubt the birth of the royal baby helped keep the eyes of the world on London in 2013, but the capital’s continued appeal among travellers around the world surpasses any one event.”

Top 10 destinations in the world:

1. Istanbul

2. Rome

3. London

4. Beijing

5. Prague

6. Marrakech

7. Paris

8. Hanoi, Vietnam

9. Siem Reap, Cambodia

10. Shanghai

Top 10 UK destinations:

1. London

2. Edinburgh

3. Torquay

4. Liverpool

5. Belfast

6. York

7. Bristol

8. Llandudno

9. Leeds

10. Birmingham

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