41 Quotes About London That Encapsulates the City in a Few Words

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These Cheeky Quotes About London Might Make You Book a Flight ASAP

Need a break from the daily grind? Maybe these quotes about London will inspire you to take some time off and explore a vibrant city!

Rich with history, London is a great place for a solo trip or a family gathering. After reading these quotes you'll want to read up on places to stay, things to do, and food to eat! It's time to get out there and travel. These London quotes will get you ready to take on the world!

Quotes About London

  • "I had neither kith nor kin in England, and was therefore as free as air — or as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be. Under such circumstances, I naturally gravitated to London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained." - Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "London is a splendid place to live in for those who can get out of it." - Lord Balfour of Burleigh

  • "In London, everyone is different, and that means anyone can fit in." - Paddington Bear

  • "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." - Samuel Johnson

  • "A person who is tired of London is not necessarily tired of life; it might be that he just can’t find a parking place." - Paul Theroux

  • "I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature. I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare." - Ben Okri

  • "In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea." - John Osborne

  • "A bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else." - Unknown

  • "The streets of London have their map, but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?" - Virginia Woolf

  • "I’ve been walking about London for the last 30 years, and I find something fresh in it every day." - Walter Besant

  • "London opens to you like a novel itself… It is divided into chapters, the chapters into scenes, the scenes into sentences; it opens to you like a series of rooms, doors and passages. Mayfair to Piccadilly to Soho to the Strand." - Anna Quindlen

  • "If you’re curious, London’s an amazing place." - David Bailey

  • "There’s nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere." - Vivienne Westwood

  • "There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappear – the city of London and the South Seas." - Herman Melville

  • "The truth is, that in London it is always a sickly season. Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be." - Jane Austen

  • "I do hate the City of London! It is the only thing which ever comes between us." - Arthur Conan Doyle

Famous Quotes About London

  • "New York has a great energy, but London is better." - Jaime Winstone

  • "London is a modern Babylon." - Benjamin Disraeli

  • "To walk alone in London is the greatest rest." - Virginia Woolf

  • "There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappear — the city of London and the South Seas." - Herman Melville

  • "The best bribe which London offers to-day to the imagination, is, that, in such a vast variety of people and conditions, one can believe there is room for persons of romantic character to exist, and that the poet, the mystic, and the hero may hope to confront their counterparts." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "London is a bad habit one hates to lose." - William Sansom

  • "London’s greatest strength is our diversity." - Sadiq Khan

  • My Dad says that being a Londoner has nothing to do with where you’re born. He says that there are people who get off a jumbo jet at Heathrow, go through immigration waving any kind of passport, hop on the tube and by the time the train’s pulled into Piccadilly Circus they’ve become a Londoner." - Ben Aaronovitch

  • "London goes beyond any boundary or convention. It contains every wish or word ever spoken, every action or gesture ever made, every harsh or noble statement ever expressed. It is illimitable. It is Infinite London." - Peter Ackroyd

  • "The parks be the lungs of London." - Charles Dickens

  • "Nothing is certain in London but expense." - William Shenstone

  • "The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world." - Oscar Wilde

  • "I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me." - Charlotte Bronte

  • "I came to London. It had become the center of my world and I had worked hard to come to it." - V. S. Naipaul

  • "The City is a world within itself. Centred in the heart of the metropolis, with its innumerable capacities for commercial pursuits, it presents at first sight, to a stranger, a most mysterious and unfathomable labyrinth of lanes and alleys, streets and courts, of lanes thronged with bustling multitude whose various occupations, though uniting in one grand whole, seem to have no direct association with each other." - D. Morrier Evans

Quotes About the City of London

  • "The City seems so much more in earnest: its business, its rush, its roar are such serious things, sights and sounds. The City is getting its living – the West-End but enjoying its pleasure." - Charlotte Bronte

  • "London is a roost for every bird." - Benjamin Disrael

  • "Fragmentarily the City is nothing, but collectively it is gigantic…" - Charlotte Riddell

  • "I don’t know what London’s coming to — the higher the buildings the lower the morals." - Noel Coward

  • It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them. The walls of London may be battered, but the spirit of the Londoner stands resolute and undismayed." - King George VI

  • "London doesn’t love the latent or the lurking, has neither time, nor taste, nor sense for anything less discernible than the red flag in front of the steam-roller. It wants cash over the counter and letters ten feet high." - Henry James

  • "Oh, I love London society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what society should be." - Oscar Wilde

  • "Spare London, for London is like the city that thou lovedst." - Thomas Nash

  • "London is a cluster of communities, great and small, famous and unsung; a city of contrasts, a congregation of diversity." - Roy Porter

  • "Wait up for me dear London." - Unknown

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