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London
Hottest International City: London
Runner-up: New York
Well, it’s obvious isn’t it? London is clearly the most exciting city of 2012. Where else will you witness the twin glories of the Games of the XXX Olympiad and the diamond jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II? A concerted city clean-up in anticipation of this momentous year means the UK capital is shining like never before and brimming with sublime new hotels (buongiorno Bulgari) and internationally renowned cuisine (who’d have thought?). When a 1000-strong flotilla sails down the Thames to mark the queen’s 60th year on the throne, and when 11 million ticketholders flock to East London to watch athletes battle it out for world supremacy in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, no place on Earth will come close to London for sheer pomp and ceremony. The other big thing in its favour right now is the strong Australian dollar, which means the notoriously expensive capital is more affordable than it’s been in decades. visitlondon.com

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GT 2012 Travel Awards

The 2012 Gourmet Traveller Travel Awards, proudly presented in association with Nespresso, once again give us ample reason to celebrate the exceptional travel experiences waiting in our own backyard.

WORDS KENDALL HILL

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