London named most popular city in the world

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London has taken the crown as the most popular tourist destination in world, beating the likes of New York and Paris for the fifth time in seven years.

In a study by Mastercard, the British capital topped a list of 132 cities, with an estimated 18.8million people set to visit London in 2015, up 6 percent from 2014. The study also estimated that these overnight international visitors will splash out a cool £13.2billion during their trip.

The most popular cities by visitor numbers (projected total in brackets):

1. London (18.82m)
2. Bangkok (18.24m)
3. Paris (16.06m
4. Dubai (14.26m)
5. Istanbul (12.56m)
6. New York (12.27m)
7. Singapore (11.88m)
8. Kuala Lumpur (11.12m)
9. Seoul (10.35m)
10. Hong Kong (8.66m)