London! Best city in the world?

I have just returned from a 2 hour walk through London. Starting at Leicester Square I swung by Westminster along Southbank to St Pauls and then to London Bridge and home.

I have to say when the sun is out there is no city like London considering the buildings old and new, history, different cultures and so forth etc.

What city do you put in your top city list? My top five is Beijing, Rio, Sydney, Hong Kong and London. I have lived in 3 of the 5, it is hard to rank them but I would have London at no.1.

I haven't been to Rome though and reckon that would be in the top 5 if I did.Same with Madrid/Barcelona who could probably push it.

What are your favourites cities?

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Ben Wilson

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London! Best city in the world?

Yesterday I did another wonderful walk through London. From Kings Cross to Westminster. It is amazing how despite living here for years if you just walk slightly off the usual roads you use you see so many new sights. It was a great walk in the sun again

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John Paul

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London! Best city in the world?

...Giuseppe Terragni designed an amazing project in Rome, near the Colosseum, which was called the 'Danteum', after Dante, the writer. The project encompassed the 4 phases of existence; heaven, hell, purgatory and limbo. The fascists blocked it because it was too close to the Collosseum. A good read though, as it's been written about.

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ANNA BRILLI

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London! Best city in the world?

I spent 25 years in London , and now 18 in Rome. Rome is one of world's most photogenic cities, Rome is a romantic place, favorite holiday destination, modern and old, past and present...and much more , but....London is London, the Best city in the world

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Sadie Murray

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London! Best city in the world? - Milton

Agree - Toronto is one of my favourite cities also! Am now putting #s 2 & 3 on my wish list ;-) Cheers!

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Milton Rodrigues

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London! Best city in the world?

1. Toronto 2.Rio 3. Panjim, GOA. MILT

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Gordon Wheaton

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London! Best city in the world?

You are right Ben, when the sun is out London can be very pretty Regards Gordon

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Sadie Murray

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London! Best city in the world? Demos

Haven't been to Bangkok...but totally on board with NYC and Barcelona being up there on the list! Now, Bangkok is on my "wish" list ;-) Cheers! Sadie

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Sadie Murray

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London! Best city in the world? SWOT

Ah Lucas! Why am I not surprised and also smiling?? I would never think of doing a SWOT analysis for this blog ... and as you might imagine, I responded spontaneously based on the emotion behind the question!! :-))) I so enjoy your analytical mind!!!! Cheers, Sadie

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Sadie Murray

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London! Best city in the world?

"What city do you put in your top city list? " Top five that come to mind.... in no specific order: New York, Paris, London, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Amsterdam" Why? I love BIG multicultural bustling cities!! The diversity of thought, ethnicity, architecture, cuisine, sports and entertainment.I love the serenity of the quiet, calm, beautiful countryside and small quaint cities...but definitely a city-slicker. :-) #1 I would also agree - London! It is vibrant! It's history spans centuries; it's universities are arguably the best in the world; it's mastery of pomp and pageantry; they are superior in entertainment including (drama, music etc). On a personal level, its history as the leader in the era of colonialization, I am grateful and fortunate indeed to be born in Jamaica - the island paradise! ;-)

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Carolyn Williams

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Gods Country - Gower @Ben @Matthew

@Hmm, Cardiff, Carolyn? Prefer Swansea. Especially it's your location on the doorstep of the Gower Peninsula. Some of the best beaches in the world. Did I hear anyone mention the Gower Peninsula? Well, it seems today I can enjoy other writers here in ecademy sing the praises of Gower - Gods country! ;) I grew up with my dad taking off in a light aircraft whenever he thought we did'nt know and then come back to earth and say "You can fly all over the world but there is nothing like the Gower Peninsula" and he was right. Last year I was lucky enough to confirm his love for Three Cliffs: I was in heaven yesterday courtesy of Twitter .

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Matthew Hirtes

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Hmm, Cardiff, Carolyn? Prefer Swansea. Especially it's your location on the doorstep of the Gower Peninsula. Some of the best beaches in the world.

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Carolyn Williams

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London! Best city in the world?

I agree Ben as a South Walian I adore the energy of London and during the London Olympics 2012 the helpfulness and good will was second to none. Other cities: Rome, yes I have visited the city. This was an art trip for me combined with a travel agent fact finding holiday :) Paris, again for it's history, art and architecture. You had to be so covered up when moving around civic buildings. Not sure if that's still the case? City of Palermo in Sicily's and the sceneric beauty and architectural splendor of Trapani. But you can't beat Cardiff during a Wales v England rugby match either!!;)

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Matthew Hirtes

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London! Best city in the world?

Having been born there, Ben, I can't argue with the emotive pull of London. It's definitely one of the great cities to walk around. And if it's raining, you can always pop into a local pub. They are certainly more appealing than bars in other cities. I remember visiting Oporto and being surprised that every bar had plastic tables and chairs. They were more infinitely more cafe than public house.

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Demos Flouri

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London! Best city in the world?

I love London, I was also there yesterday, I started off at the Apple store on Regents street, then took a walk round the back of Regent Street through Mayfair and came out adjacent to the Ritz, crossed over, walked through green park, marvelled at Buckingham Palace for a while, then moved onto a walk through St James's Park and onto Whitehall, then I went over the Embankment to find a lovely London Food Festival, lovely stuff there. I then came back over the bridge and walked down Pall Mall passed the IOD and up to through Mayfair onto Oxford Street and onto Piccadily and Leicester Square into a pub for the footie. Then I went into China Town and had dinner. Lovely day! so much so see when you walk round the back streets of London. Some of my other favourite cities includes NYC, Bangkok and Barcelona.

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Robert Craven

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London! Best city in the world?

Just got back from an action-packed 24 hrs in London including: - Backstage drink at National Theatre - Truly Brilliant play: The Curious Incident... - Drinks with friends - Breakfast with friends - Back to South Bank to meet up with two of my kids and enjoy the amazing food market and street food.. - lovely journey home chatting to lady opposite. All very exciting. RC

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Ben Wilson

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London! Best city in the world?

Hi, Thanks for the lists. Interesting! i have never seen Osaka in any lists before. Though I am not sure how the Economist were ranking things. Yes, the Swiss cities are nice eh. the scenery is awesome. Though they seemed really quiet places. Helsinki number 1, not been there but can't say I have ever heard someone raving to go there. Guess depends what it is based on, tourism vs living etc The Russian cities I want to go to, as well as other places in Germany outside of Berlin.

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Lucas Wyrsch

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London! Best city in the world?

Dear Ben, Thank you so much for your great question! I think to answer your question, we'll go into a highly subjective classification! Here's what the Economist thinks: Hong Kong 1st, Amsterdam 2nd, Osaka 3rd, Paris 4th, Sydney 5th, Stockholm 6th, Berlin 7th, Toronto 5th, Munich 9th and Tokyo 10th! The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Report has a different rating: MelbourneViennaVancouverTorontoCalgaryAdelaideSydneyHelsinkiPerthAucklandand there is Mercer's 2011 Quality of Living Survey where the picture is again totally different: ViennaZurichAucklandMunichDüsseldorfVancouverFrankfurtGenevaBernCopenhagenMercer's rating is particularly intriguing as there are three Swiss cities in the list and none of these three Swiss cities can really outperform Swiss cities like Zug, Lucerne or even Basle. And there is Monocle's Most Livable Cities Index 2011: Helsinki FinlandZurichCopenhagenMunichMelbourne ViennaSydneyBerlinTokyoMadridI personally think that I wouldn't like to live in Munich or Düsseldorf but Frankfurt, Berlin or even Hamburg are more at my taste. In China, I prefer Hangzhou or even Shanghai to Hong Kong and Beijing. London is a nice city, but Paris is certainly more comfortable and Madrid is nice but Barcelone is far prettier. Above all, I think that one of the world's nicest cities is certainly Saint Petersburg in Russia, not in Florida, US. Moscow is an amazing city as well, even if I really prefer Санкт-Петербург! And there still is this magic Italian city of Venice, but also Rome, Milan or Genoa are really treasures. But honestly, I couldn't make such a classification, thinking that everything depends on so many personal factors regarding a personal SWOT that I would be totally unable to decide which city would really be best! Have fun and take care! Best, Lucas

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Ben Wilson

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London! Best city in the world?

Ah yes, I went to Berlin 4 years ago. Was so interesting with the wall, the history and so forth.

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Angus Whitton

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London! Best city in the world?

Berlin for me, although I have not been there since the wall 'came down', but old 'East Berlin' had a certain character about it. Angus

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Ben Wilson

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London! Best city in the world?

Yes Cornelis, I must go! Problem is I always think "I will go Rome when Wales play rugby there". Then when I am about to book the tickets, I think no point going now 20 000 Welsh people will be there! :) I will get there though!!

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Ben Wilson

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London! Best city in the world?

I agree John, I loved Lisbon. Istanbul is on my to go to list too

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John Paul

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London! Best city in the world?

I've lived here for over 20 years - and it is remarkable, you appreciate it even more when you leave for a short period and see it afresh. Others would have to be NYC, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Lisbon and possibly Prague - the common theme being that they have a central feel that not all cities can boast. For relaxed meandering I'd add most Spanish cities and Istanbul. Not an exhaustive list by any means - just personal experience.

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