London is beaten only by New York as the world's favourite city, according to a worldwide survey.
The capital was also voted the top European city in a poll of people from 24 countries by Ipsos Mori.
Of the 48 cities which people were asked to judge, London and New York were the only two to make the top five in each of the categories in the survey.
London was second to New York in the favourite city category, while the UK was third in the best-place-to-live category,
Ipsos Mori chief executive Pen Page said: "The citizens of the world have spoken and given a massive vote of confidence in London and the UK.
"Together with positive signs for the UK economy and London generally, and after a brilliant Olympics in 2012, this survey reaffirms London as not only the most important city in Europe, but also affirms Britain continuing to punch above its weight globally."