London Dethroned: Brits Reveal Their Favorite UK City. Read Full List!

According to recent findings from a YouGov survey, only 63% of respondents expressed a positive viewpoint towards the capital, positioning it third in the hierarchy of favored cities. Remarkably, 17% of respondents conveyed active disapproval towards London, while an additional 20% remained indifferent to its allure. The city of London, once renowned as the preeminent urban center of the United Kingdom, has recently witnessed a shift in public sentiment regarding its standing as the nation's favorite city.
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The city of London, once renowned as the preeminent urban center of the United Kingdom, has recently witnessed a shift in public sentiment regarding its standing as the nation's favorite city. Despite garnering numerous accolades and prestigious titles, including its consecutively awarded status as the best city in the world for nine successive years until 2023, London's appeal seems to have waned among Britons.
According to recent findings from a YouGov survey, only 63% of respondents expressed a positive viewpoint towards the capital, positioning it third in the hierarchy of favored cities. Remarkably, 17% of respondents conveyed active disapproval towards London, while an additional 20% remained indifferent to its allure.
In contrast, the city of York emerged as the new frontrunner in the popularity stakes, boasting an impressive 74% approval rating. Following closely behind is Edinburgh, which secured a commendable 71% endorsement. The widespread admiration for York is hardly surprising, given its rich historical tapestry, charming cobbled streets, and thriving cultural landscape. Notably, York was recently bestowed the title of the UK's 'friendliest' locale by travel platform Restless.co.uk and was recognized as one of the world's most 'welcoming' cities by Booking.com in 2023.
The city's allure is further underscored by its prominent role as a filming location for various movies and television productions, with the iconic Shambles street purportedly serving as the inspiration for the fictional Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series. Moreover, York's appeal extends beyond its cultural significance to its economic prowess, with tourism playing a pivotal role in sustaining its local economy. In 2023 alone, York's major attractions welcomed nearly 3 million visitors, contributing a substantial ?1.7 billion to the city's economic vitality, as reported by its tourism board.
The full list :
  1. York – 74%
  2. Edinburgh – 71%
  3. London – 60%
  4. Cambridge – 60%
  5. Oxford – 58%
  6. Durham – 57%
  7. Brighton – 57%
  8. Manchester – 57%
  9. Portsmouth – 55%
  10. Newcastle upon Tyne – 55%
  11. Liverpool – 54%
  12. Bristol – 54%
  13. Exeter – 54%
  14. Cardiff – 51%
  15. Plymouth – 51%
  16. Glasgow – 50%
  17. Norwich – 48%
  18. Belfast – 47%
  19. Poole – 46%
  20. Gloucester – 46%
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