Tourists name friendliest, safest cities

(Taras Vyshnya/

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, Last Updated: 4:08 PM ET

London has emerged as the "best city" in the world according to a newly released index that measures a city's reputation among international travellers.

In the latest edition of the Anhold-GfK City Brands Index, the British capital knocked Paris off its perch to steal the lofty title.

Sydney, Australia took the second spot, followed by Paris, New York and Rome.

The city brands index measures the value of a city's brand across six dimensions: its international status and standing; esthetic; a category called "pre-requisites" such as affordable accommodations and the standard of public amenities; people; pulse (interesting things to do) and its economic and educational potential.

More than 5,140 interviews were conducted in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Russia, South Korea, the US and the UK for the index.

Here are the results of the 2013 City Brands index:

Best Cities

1. London
2. Sydney
3. Paris
4. New York
5. Rome
6. Washington D.C.
7. Los Angeles
8. Toronto
9. Vienna
10. Melbourne

Friendly People

1. Sydney
2. Toronto
3. Barcelona and Rome - tie

Feel Safe

1. Sydney
2. Geneva
3. Vienna
4. Toronto
5. London

Fit in with culture

1. London
2. Sydney
3. New York
4. Los Angeles
5. Melbourne and Toronto - tie