This win for London – in TripAdvisor’s  eighth annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations, comes at a time when the city and the rest of the UK is poised for celebrations as the Queen marks her 90th birthday in April and throughout the summer.

This year, London jumped five places up from its sixth place finish in 2015 to be crowned the world’s number one destination – ahead of global rivals such as Marrakech, Rome and New York. 

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “London is undoubtedly the cultural capital of the world thanks to our iconic attractions, buzzing entertainment scene and amazing museums and galleries. Coupled with our abundance of top-notch hotels and restaurants offering every type of cuisine one’s taste buds could desire, it is no wonder that London has been named the best travel destination in the world. It is an incredibly dynamic city, with something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming even more visitors to our wonderful metropolis.

Despite London taking the top spot, this year the north of the UK comes up trumps overall as seven out of 10 destinations are located north of the midlands.

Edinburgh, Liverpool, Llandudno and Blackpool take second, third, fourth and fifth place respectively, York comes in at seventh and Glasgow and Manchester rank ninth and tenth.