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Survey crowns London as worst cuisine and dirtiest city in Europe

eTN Staff Writer  May 04, 2009

London may be home to some of the world's finest chefs, but its cuisine has been voted the worst in Europe, in a survey of travelers' perceptions of European cities by TripAdvisor(R), the world's most popular and largest travel community.

Yet while Britain capital's food may fail to whet travelers’' appetites, its feast of cultural sights and open spaces meets with approval. London emerged as the best European city for both free attractions and public parks in the survey of 2,376 European travelers. As one TripAdvisor reviewer writes, "I have travelled quite a lot and there are NO parks in the world like the ones in London, especially St. James' Park."

Copenhagen took the accolade of Europe's cleanest city, while London was crowned the dirtiest, for the second year running. One TripAdvisor reviewer writes, "When I went to London last I was looking for a bin at Victoria Station. I couldn't find one so asked security and they told me to just throw it on the floor."

Travelers also ranked London the most expensive city in Europe, whilst Prague was voted the best bargain. And when it comes to architecture, Barcelona boasts Europe's finest, whilst Warsaw has the ugliest, with one TripAdvisor reviewer noting that, "There really isn't much to see architecturally... The castle, which is located in the square, was uninteresting. There was also this huge ugly building, which is the Ministry of Sciences - that was ugly but BIG."

Luke Fredberg, TripAdvisor spokesman, says, "Europe's capital cities all have their highs and lows, but no other continent offers travellers' such a wealth of culture and sights within such short distances. Despite London emerging as the dirtiest and most expensive city, its fantastic free attractions prove that you don't need to be a millionaire in order to enjoy the capital."

Survey crowns London as worst cuisine and dirtiest city in Europe
Photo by Nelson Alcantara

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