Number of international tourist visits to London 2008-2018

Approximately 19.1 million trips were made by international tourists to London (UK) in 2018. The number of overseas residents visiting the city steadily increased over the last ten years, before dropping off slightly in 2018. Overall, international tourism to the UK declined for the first time in a decade. The figures include visits for all travel purposes, including for leisure and business.

Measuring tourism in London

The main indicators used for measuring tourism in the United Kingdom are by the number of visits, overnight stays and spending. As inbound tourism visits increase, so have the number of overnight stays and expenditure of visitors. According to recent figures, international tourists spend over 100 million nights a year in London and inbound tourist spending exceeded 12 billion British pounds in 2018.

Is London the most visited city in the world?

Although London holds a global city status, it is not quite the most visited city in the world. London ranked as the most visited city destination in Europe by international tourists in 2018, beating its European rival Paris. However, worldwide, Hong Kong and Bangkok recorded the highest number of international arrivals in 2017, with London ranking in third place.

Number of overseas tourist visits to London from 2008 to 2018

Number of visits in millions
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Release date

August 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.
Released date is the date of access.

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