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We may be biased but we simply love London. See what some famous people have had to say about the ‘big smoke’ with our favourite quotes on London.

London

  • “London is a roost for every bird.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  • “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.” – George VI
  • “I think London’s sexy because it’s so full of eccentrics.” – Rachel Weisz
  • “Oh, I love London Society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be.” – Oscar Wilde
  • “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.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • “The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane.” -Stephen Fry
  • “I don’t know what London’s coming to — the higher the buildings the lower the morals.” – Noel Coward
  • “Nothing is certain in London but expense.” – William Shenstone
  • “When it’s three o’clock in New York, it’s still 1938 in London.” –
    Bette Midler
  • “A bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else.” –Unknown
  • “Mind the gap!” –  Neil Gaiman
  • “I drive a motorbike, so there is the whiff of the grim reaper round every corner, especially in London.” – Benedict Cumberbatch
  • “London is a modern Babylon.” – Benjamin Disraeli