Europe To London: You Stink

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 107 months ago
Europe To London: You Stink

It was with a sense of deja vu that we greeted the news this morning that, in a Trip Advisor survey, Europeans have voted London the dirtiest, most expensive destination on the continent. Then we realised these results were curiously similar to those from last year, when readers of the site also voted our home dirty and dear. This time round, they've stuck the boot in even more, lambasting us for having the poorest cuisine and the worst-dressed locals. Okay, calling us dirty and pricey is one thing, but those last two say more about Trip Advisor's users — have you seen what they're wearing and sticking in their gobs in the likes of Gdansk or Antwerp? (Image / Martin H)

Last Updated 05 May 2009

Epicurus

We love the dirt or rather the lived in appearance... being habited since 43 AD or so. Nothing compared to Paris or Rome but then again we just had the G20 protest/party. Give us some time to clear up.

Dave

London is certainly a bit grubby, but the dirtiest in Europe? I think not. Last time I visited Paris it was covered in dog shit, and I'm sure there are even dirtier cities than that elsewhere in Europe.

As for 'most expensive', pull the other one. Have these people never been to Stockholm?

Anna

I suppose there is pleasure to be found in visiting new places to confirm pre-conceived ideas. Which on will do, if one sticks to touristy areas. People won't stop coming, or loving London for that matter. Just find the right guides!

Andy Hayler

This same survey that claimed London had the worst food, also claimed that it had the second best food after Paris (as pointed out by Richard Harden). This makes very little sense at all, and does make you wonder about the other results.

Davester

I have a Swedish friend who says that her friends & family in Sweden are debating if they should go to Istanbul or London for bargains this year.

I get wierdly defensive about this sort of things, probably because no one else seems to stick up for London. If similar surveys get reported as "haha, people think the tube is the best in the world, pull the other one" then I think it's only fair to treat the whole worst cuisine/best food distinction in the same way. And by the way, less reported, we picked up landslide wins in best parks, best nightlife, best free attractions and something else as well.

Davester

I have a Swedish friend who says that her friends & family in Sweden are debating if they should go to Istanbul or London for bargains this year.

I get wierdly defensive about this sort of things, probably because no one else seems to stick up for London. If similar surveys get reported as "haha, people think the tube is the best in the world, pull the other one" then I think it's only fair to treat the whole worst cuisine/best food distinction in the same way. And by the way, less reported, we picked up landslide wins in best parks, best nightlife, best free attractions and something else as well.

cobo04

If, as the survey says, that London is so dirty and expensive, then why do so many peoples of the world live here?

Also having travelled to almost all other parts of Europe. I have seen other cities that are worse in both parts, Paris (as metioned) is not a clean city, the local river is far worse than the thames. and yep sorry but Stockholm (and Olso - if Norway is included) are both far more expensive in almost anything then London ever is.