Frommer’s called Greenwich “one of London’s most historic areas”, with the “city’s lifeblood, the River Thames... allowing Greenwich to reinvent itself continually.”
It is the only UK destination on the list, highlighted by the guide for its maritime Unesco heritage site, naval history and baroque facades by legendary architects like Wren, Hawksmoor, and Vanburgh.
Along with established sites like the Old Royal Naval College and Observatory, the area is also praised for the world class views from Greenwich Park across to the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.
Author Mark Henshall writes: “In 2012 Greenwich celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Olympic events and even gets London's brand-new cable car.
“But to get a real feel of the place just jump on a Thames Clipper boat and just go with the flow.”
Before, during and after the Games, held between July and September, a cultural festival will also be held on the borough’s streets, including Greenwich Festivals, which will be celebrating the cultural vibrancy of the area.
Greenwich Council is hoping for a boost in tourist numbers after making the list, with tourism being worth £744m to the local economy, and a source of around 8,000 jobs.
Leader of Greenwich Council Councillor Chris Roberts said: “It is very gratifying that Frommer’s have this year chosen to highlight Greenwich as a top-ten attraction. It is a fitting time to take centre stage.
“Travellers from across the globe should know that in Greenwich they will receive a warm welcome, as they discover the richness and diversity of our visitor attractions.”
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- Bay of Fundy, Canada.
“One of the world’s most dynamic and dramatic coastlines”
- Beirut, Lebanon.
“An enticing combination of French designer boutiques, private beach clubs, cutting-edge galleries and magnificent third-century mosaics”
- Chongqing, China.
“Offers a captivating glimpse of modern China - the good, the gritty and the glamorous.”
- Curacao, Caribbean Sea.
“Curvaceous white beaches, cerulean seas, and a coral reef brimming with marine life”
- Fukuoka, Japan.
“A model green city”
“Embraces traditional and contemporary cultures as well as beaches and safaris.”
- Girona, Spain.
“Packs a cultural punch that is the envy of many a larger destination.”
- Kansas City, USA.
“New hot spots join a long list of terrific Kansas City attractions.”
- Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
“Sublime beaches, a unique cuisine, joyous fiestas and exotic wildlife.”