150+ Best London Quotes: Exclusive Selection

London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Profoundly inspirational London quotes will fire up your brain and encourage you to look at life differently while making you laugh.

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Famous London Quotes

The opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics are mass satanic rituals disguised as a celebration of Britain and sport. Their medium is the language of symbolism. — David Icke

To be a young Irishman in London and go to the theater to see ‘Rosemary’s Baby’… it scared the crap out of me. — Pierce Brosnan

There are a lot of very good New York novels, but there’s no single all-encompassing novel, the way you could look at any number of Dickens books and say we know London as a result of that. — Pete Hamill

London is a roost for every bird. — Benjamin Disraeli

There are tons of wonderful places to eat in London. — Yotam Ottolenghi

I was born in London in England in 1934. I went through, as a child, the horrors of World War II, through a time when food was rationed and we learned to be very careful, and we never had more to eat than what we needed to eat. There was no waste. Everything was used. — Jane Goodall

London was a really multi-racial city … It’s incredible how comfortable people are with race there. — Sade Adu

In London, you’ll be walking around and, ‘Oh, there’s the ground.’ Every area of the city has a Premier League club. They all survive; they all exist with enough money, and that’s good. — Jurgen Klopp

There’s nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere. — Vivienne Westwood

I don’t miss London much. I find it crowded, vast and difficult to get around. Cabs are incredibly expensive. — John Cleese

I was living in my lovely little two-bedroom flat in north London… and suddenly, I couldn’t just walk down the street and buy a pint of milk. — Kate Winslet

When it’s three o’clock in New York, it’s still 1938 in London. — Bette Midler

I don’t see coming down to London and talking to people and making TV shows as real work. The only reason I do it is because they keep coming up with decent ideas. — Guy Martin

I drink just as much tea when I’m in Los Angeles as I do when I’m in London. I take my tea bags with me wherever I go. — Helen Mirren

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

Truly, I am a woman of the last minute. When I was pregnant, I organised three different hospitals because I couldn’t decide where I wanted to have my baby: London, Rome or Paris. In the end, I decided to go to Rome, arrived on the Monday and gave birth on the Saturday. — Monica Bellucci

London has become one of the great world destinations for someone who likes food. — Danny Meyer

London has been used as the emblematic English city, but it’s far from representative of what life in England is actually about. — Alan Moore

I’m not extravagant. I share my house in London with five roommates. I take the Tube. I intend to stay the exact same person I always was. — Margot Robbie

Me being in Houston, I wanted to leave there because it was only known for one thing. That’s why I hit N.Y.; that’s why I hit L.A. That’s why I hit Paris, London. I just picked up basically everything, but I morphed it into what Travi$ Scott is and into what I know is fresh. — Travis Scott

The first time I was in London, I went to an English greasy spoon to get some breakfast and realised that all the waiters were speaking Italian. That’s when it hit me what an international city this is. — Monica Bellucci

It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom. — Jonathan Swift

I was born in London 1947, after the war. A real wartime baby. I went to school in Brixton, and then I moved up to Yorkshire, which is in the north of England. I lived on the farms up there. — David Bowie

It’s one thing if you live in London and you’re rooting for Chelsea or you’re in New York and you love the Giants or Jets and no matter who’s on the team you’re into it. It’s different in tennis; you’re sort of your own guy, so you have to reach out and grab a person in a different way. — John McEnroe

London is the most commercially important city in Europe, and it’s the most populous city. It should be for the whole of the European continent what New York is to America. That’s what it should be. — Boris Johnson

London’s greatest strength is our diversity, and it’s wonderful to see Londoners celebrating our capital’s different traditions, determined to stand up to division. — Sadiq Khan

Living in London has become incredible. I suppose it’s easy to love where you live if you love what you’re doing. But this is not just a visit: it’s my home. — Kevin Spacey

I’m leaving because the weather is too good. I hate London when it’s not raining. — Groucho Marx

The young Japanese, especially, love to wear the latest thing and when they come to London they head for my shops as part of what they want to find in Britain. — Vivienne Westwood

I think in London – and I don’t wanna offend anybody in America, but this is a real statement – they still have the right approach to making music. In the U.S., people see it as a way to make money; they see it as a means to get out. It’s a hustle, which is great – any way you can provide for your family that’s legal is fantastic. — Jay-Z

You know, London is so sprawling, and you can sometimes forget that anybody else is on a stage anywhere else. — Alan Rickman

London is great, but New York is the greatest city in the world. — John McEnroe

In London, I live with one of the other ‘Strictly’ dancers, Amy Dowden. She got me a chocolate advent calendar and I had no idea what it was. I’d never seen one before! — Oti Mabuse

There are so many soulful singers, even the ones coming from London, like Adele and Jessie J, who are just amazing. It feels like a really cool time to be making music now. — Britney Spears

I’ve got fans and letters from Israel, France Germany, Sweden, London, Africa. They all saying pretty much the same thing, ‘Yo, we love you, we need you, put some more music out, please!’ — DMX

I’m used to being around kids. Even when I was growing up in London, I had an older sister, I had a younger sister that I used to look after from time to time. — David Beckham

There are many cultural scenes in Lahore, just as there are in London. And there is a celebrity culture here, just as there is in London. But in Lahore, the celebrity scene doesn’t drown out the rest quite so much. — Mohsin Hamid

I’ve spent lots of time in London, I studied in London, I like London. It’s just not my home. — Johnny Vegas

At first, Hendrix went and became a superstar in London, but if he walked past the Apollo in Harlem, no one would know who he was. I’m the hip-hop version of him. — Future

Even in this globalised world, London is still the standard for our times. The city has embraced the world’s diversity and represents the finest in human achievements. — Narendra Modi

My mother is an actress and very well known in France; hence, I move to London to start my own life. — Eva Green

What I noticed about living by the sea when I moved to London was that it’s really bad when you only have lots of other people to compare yourself to. I grew up relating to the land as well as other people. — KT Tunstall

When exploring London, you will come across lots of excitement by chance, so try to take everything in rather than just rushing around to all of the major tourist haunts. — Richard Branson

London, from the architecture to the culture to the fashion to the accents, feels like it’s a special place. — G-Eazy

I want London to be the most cycle-friendly city on Earth, and I want more people to be happy and safe on bicycles. — Boris Johnson

The blood of the just will be demanded of London, burnt by fire in the year ’66. The ancient Lady will fall from her high place, and many of the same sect will be killed. — Nostradamus

London is too full of fogs and serious people. Whether the fogs produce the serious people, or whether the serious people produce the fogs, I don’t know. — Oscar Wilde

London is a very energising place to be. — Kevin Spacey

I spend a fair amount of time chatting to black cab drivers in London. — Katie Hopkins

London is a modern Babylon. — Benjamin Disraeli

If you go into an underground train in London – probably anywhere, but chiefly in London – there’s that sense of almost entering a ghostly dimension. People are very still and quiet; they don’t exchange many pleasantries. — Seamus Heaney

I was a student in London in the ’70s, so CBGB really wasn’t on my radar at all. Obviously, I was aware of the emergence of the Police in England and as an art student, I was very aware of David Byrne, but I suppose my musical taste at that time certainly didn’t stretch towards the Dead Boys or the Ramones. — Alan Rickman

I’m one of those people, in any country I’m in, if somebody could just put me in a car or a bus, I’ll look out the window and say, ‘OK, there’s the Tower of London, there’s Buckingham Palace, there’s Big Ben,’ and if it all takes about five minutes, perfect. I’ve seen all of it and I can go home. — Gilbert Gottfried

By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show. — Samuel Johnson

You hear about things happening to people – they slip in the bathtub, fall down the stairs, step off the curb in London because they think that the cars come the other way – and they die. You feel you want to die making an effort at something; you don’t want to die in some unnecessary way. — Christopher Walken

London is a fantastic creator of jobs – but many of these jobs are going to people who don’t originate in this country. — Boris Johnson

I played soccer for nine years, so I took that route instead of singing. I played on the outside team as well as in school, so I was always playing soccer. It wasn’t until I moved back to London that I really, like, started investing in music again and realized, OK, yeah, this is definitely what I want to do. — Ella Mai

I met with Hitchcock when I was a very, very young actress just starting out and he was making ‘Frenzy’ in London and I was sent along to meet with him. He was very, very unimpressed with me and I have to say, I was rather unimpressed with him – but only because I was an arrogant, ignorant young actress. — Helen Mirren

If you turn a blind eye to fare evasion, if you accustom people to getting away with minor crime, you are making it more likely that they will go on to commit more serious crimes. That is why we have so much disorder in London. It is a disgrace. — Boris Johnson

You get people who come to London, sever links with where they come from, and then when they need people, there’s nobody there. To feel like you can’t go back home would be a horribly sad place to be, as is mistaking fame for genuine love and affection. — Johnny Vegas

Dublin dwindles so beautifully; there is no harsh separation between it and the country. It fades away, whereas London seems to devour the country; an army of buildings come and take away a beautiful park, and you never seem to get quite out of sight of a row of houses. — George A. Moore

I would vote for Bush if for no other reason than to be at the airport waving off all the people who say they are going to London if he wins again. Someone has got to stay behind. — Tom Wolfe

I believe that London is the most exciting food city in Europe. — Wolfgang Puck

I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It’s one of the curses of London. — Ambrose Bierce

I didn’t consider myself a fashion designer at all at the time of punk. I was just using fashion as a way to express my resistance and to be rebellious. I came from the country, and by the time I got to London, I considered myself to be very stupid. It was my ambition to understand the world I live in. — Vivienne Westwood

I have been interested in fashion since I was a kid. Then I lived in London, where it was more about costume and a personal statement of who you are than about fashion. — Zaha Hadid

Fashion needs fresh blood, and London is the most creative place for that. — Donatella Versace

I was born in London and raised in Rome until I was 4. Then we went back to London, where I went to school. — Naomi Campbell

I’m a real Londoner. We have very grey weather in London, and I think it encourages a very eclectic and crazy fashion sense. I mix high-street stuff with more high-end fashion, and I love vintage. — Emma Watson

I saw the first of the 7-mile-long column appear – red and orange and green banners, ‘Ban the Bomb!’ etc., shining and swaying slowly. Absolute silence. I found myself weeping to see the tan, dusty marchers, knapsacks on their backs – Quakers and Catholics, Africans and whites, Algerians and French – 40 percent were London housewives. — Sylvia Plath

It’s no secret – I love detective fiction. One of the reasons I love being in London is because I like to watch all the shows on TV. I watch them all. I like ‘Detective Frost.’ — Patti Smith

A city like London is sociable in a sense that there are people gathering in bars and restaurants, concerts and lectures. Yet you can partake of all these experiences and never say hello to anyone new. And one of the things that all religions do is take groups of strangers into a space and say it is OK to talk to each other. — Alain de Botton

Should there be cameras everywhere in outdoor streets? My personal view is having cameras in inner cities is a very good thing. In the case of London, petty crime has gone down. They catch terrorists because of it. And if something really bad happens, most of the time you can figure out who did it. — Bill Gates

The day Tarzan opened in London, I sat in a hotel room and discussed the project in detail. — Phil Collins

I think if you follow anyone home, whether they live in Houston or London, and you sit at their dinner table and talk to them about their mother who has cancer or their child who is struggling in school, and their fears about watching their lives go by, I think we’re all the same. — Brene Brown

If you were a kid in 1955, you would pick up a copy of ‘Popular Science’ and it would say, ‘This is the kind of car you’re going to be driving in five years or in 20 years you’ll be able to take a jet plane from New York to London in four hours,’ or something like that. We actually got used to the idea that the future’s going to be different. — David Gerrold

It is a lamentable observation that because of the way our laws are skewed toward the plaintiff, London has become the libel capital of the world. — Richard Dawkins

When I was a teenager in Iceland people would throw rocks and shout abuse at me because they thought I was weird. I never got that in London no matter what I wore. — Bjork

After the French Revolution, the world money power shifted from Paris to London. For three generations, the British maintained an old-fashioned colonial empire, as well as a modern empire based on London’s primacy in the money markets. — Gore Vidal

The lowest and vilest alleys of London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside. — Arthur Conan Doyle

When I started Virgin from a basement in west London, there was no great plan or strategy. I didn’t set out to build a business empire… For me, building a business is all about doing something to be proud of, bringing talented people together and creating something that’s going to make a real difference to other people’s lives. — Richard Branson

In London they don’t like you if you’re still alive. — Harvey Fierstein

As I’ve gotten older and I’ve watched people in productions, I go to the theater when I go back to London and see friends in Broadway, I think maybe there might come a time here to get back up there and prove oneself. It’s just an itch; it’s a nagging itch to go back there. — Pierce Brosnan

When I was flying to Rome, we flew over London; I felt like bursting into tears. It’s part of me, so I can’t leave London behind for good. — Robert Pattinson

Most people would accept that people come to London from across the world, from all kinds of backgrounds, and are accepted here irrespective of their origins. — Boris Johnson

I certainly have no plans to leave London. It’s a great town. — Ewan McGregor

There are so many great galleries and museums in London, but they can be very crowded during the day. — Zaha Hadid

People from all over the world come to London wanting to make their own mark on it, and they add to the energy and vitality of the capital. It’s got a bit busier since the ’60s, but the more the merrier! — Richard Branson

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

I had to have some balls to be Irish Catholic in South London. Most of that time I spent fighting. — Pierce Brosnan

They look outside the windows of their apartment in town and realize they’re not living in a terrace anymore. This is a room full of dreamers who like to go to London for a day. — Johnny Vegas

I had skate wing in London. I had mine grilled with lemon and herbs, and it was the perfect seasoning for that fish. — Venus Williams

I will always have two regrets. I don’t have a presence in London, and I would have liked to have done more work in the Middle East. — Zaha Hadid

There’s this idea that it has to be made in London. But we’ve got everything up here, and if you’ve got comics who are gifted because of where they’re from, you shouldn’t drag them away from that natural resource. — Johnny Vegas

The climate suits me, and London has the greatest serious music that you can hear any day of the week in the world – you think it’s going to be Vienna or Paris or somewhere, but if you go to Vienna or Paris and say, ‘Let’s hear some good music’, there isn’t any. — David Attenborough

The job of mayor of London is unbelievably taxing, particularly in the run-up to the Olympics. — Boris Johnson

I grew up as a British kid – I went to school in London, roamed the streets of London – but having these interactions with my roots and going back to Ghana, I’m like, ‘Yeah this is sick.’ I love my country and my people, and the energy and vibes that they bring back. So I want to rep that and be a part of it. — Stormzy

There’s an idea that London is a planet on its own: that it’s starting to diverge from the rest of the solar system. We need to combat that. — Boris Johnson

I loved London. In the 1970s… it was very exciting, really wild. — Zaha Hadid

I am British. I love Britain for all its faults and all its virtues. My husband is American and I am largely based in Los Angeles, but whenever someone asks me where home is, I automatically say ‘London.’ — Helen Mirren

Being in London has really taught me how important history is. Just having information of the past. It helps you predict the future, which is all we really have as, you know, humans. — Donald Glover

I run in London, in San Francisco – any city that’s got a waterfront or park. — Danny Meyer

I can remember earning £5,000 a game playing for Hibs at the end of the Seventies. They let me commute from London, train on the Friday and play on Saturday. That lasted until my friends at the Inland Revenue decided to take two-thirds. That wasn’t very entertaining for me. — George Best

Both me and my wife’s extended family all live within a 50-mile radius. Like me, a lot of them did time in London then started drifting back to the countryside and the sea. Perhaps it’s a homing instinct. — Robert Smith

You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. — Samuel Johnson

One important thing I recall about India was that it was quiet. It was never noisy in the way that life was noisy in London. — Spike Milligan

Traditional British desserts with lots of custard are my biggest weakness – I particularly love the puds at St. John restaurant in East London. — Eva Green

The anguish in London is a vivid reminder of why we cannot relent in taking the steps necessary to defend our homeland from the present terrorist threat. — Mike Pence

I was always a sports nut but I’ve lost interest now in whether one bunch of mercenaries in north London is going to beat another bunch of mercenaries from west London. — John Cleese

Most of my friends in London are musicians, but the ones in Scotland have proper jobs. — KT Tunstall

A man may learn from his Bible to be a more thorough gentleman than if he had been brought up in all the drawing-rooms in London. — Charles Kingsley

The young man, born to rule England, which his dying father commended to him. Once his father is dead, London will cavil. The kingdom is taken back from his son. — Nostradamus

If you took a child in London and took their iPhone and took them somewhere else in the country, they’d probably not be able to find their way back. That’s a shame. — Frank Abagnale

When I first moved to L.A., I discovered Roy London. I didn’t know anything about the arts, the profession; I had no technique, I knew nothing, I’m fresh from Missouri. I sat in on a few classes, and they just felt a little guru-ish and just didn’t feel right to me. Until I met Roy. — Brad Pitt

Theater in New York is nearer to the street. In London, you have to go deep into the building, usually, to reach the place where theater happens. On Broadway, only the fire doors separate you from the sidewalk, and you’re lucky if the sound of a police car doesn’t rip the envelope twice a night. — Tom Stoppard

London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained. — Arthur Conan Doyle

I visit London several times a year. It is my home away from home. — Pierce Brosnan

Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: ‘It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity. — James Keller

A broken heart is a very pleasant complaint for a man in London if he has a comfortable income. — George Bernard Shaw

I don’t like flying at the best of times. And as I get older, I like it less and less. I don’t much like driving, either. I prefer to be driven. And, when I’m in London, I don’t even like walking on the street. I can never get used to looking the right way when I cross the street. — Christopher Walken

I’ve done eight years as mayor of London. I enjoyed it hugely; it was a massive privilege. — Boris Johnson

London is a good fashion city. They’re a little more daring. There’s the element of the aristocracy, which is always interesting. — John Legend

In London the day after Christmas (Boxing Day), it began to snow: my first snow in England. For five years, I had been tactfully asking, ‘Do you ever have snow at all?’ as I steeled myself to the six months of wet, tepid gray that make up an English winter. ‘Ooo, I do remember snow,’ was the usual reply, ‘when I were a lad.’ — Sylvia Plath

It was such a culture shock for me, being plucked from this diverse neighborhood in London into Jamaica Queens. I’m in this new environment, and I had an English accent. — Ella Mai

The four places I’ve called home in my life have been Lahore, London, New York and California. And I have a very strong tie to each one of those four places. — Mohsin Hamid

I don’t know where football will take me because in football, you never know, but for sure, as a family, our home will be in London. — Jose Mourinho

We lived in a tall, narrow Victorian house, which my parents had bought very cheaply during the war, when everyone thought London was going to be bombed flat. In fact, a V-2 rocket landed a few houses away from ours. I was away with my mother and sister at the time, but my father was in the house. — Stephen Hawking

I was 18 when I first visited London, I’m very provincial like that, but I must confess the moment I got to America I thought: This is the place. It was more open, with 24-hour cities and pubs and restaurants that didn’t close. — David Hockney

From there I did a one year theatre acting course in Fife, and then three years of drama school in London. — Ewan McGregor

This melancholy London – I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air. — William Butler Yeats

I love driving around east London – it’s always full of surprises. Actually, I don’t drive myself – I like to be driven. — Zaha Hadid

London has fine museums, the British Library is one of the greatest library institutions in the world… It’s got everything you want, really. — David Attenborough

I was brought up to understand Darwin’s theory of evolution. I spent hours and hours in the Natural History Museum in London looking at the descriptions of how different kinds of animals had evolved, looking at the sequence of fossil bones looking gradually more and more and more and more like the modern fossil. — Jane Goodall

London, a city where creativity and innovation have always flourished, provides a significant home for Starbucks and a significant gateway into Europe. — Howard Schultz

Being the first black Nobel laureate, and the first African, the African world considered me personal property. I lost the remaining shreds of my anonymity, even to walk a few yards in London, Paris or Frankfurt without being stopped. — Wole Soyinka

The first play I wrote was called ‘Twenty-five.’ It was played by our company in Dublin and London, and was adapted and translated into Irish and played in America. — Lady Gregory

I live in South Africa. I’m proud to live there. I’ve always said I want to be a comedian from South Africa in the world. I will stay in places for a bit here and there and pop into New York for a while, maybe stay in London for a year, but my home will always be South Africa. I enjoy it too much. — Trevor Noah

I never thought of London in terms of possible heroes – of course, there are thousands. It’s a very talented city. — Doris Lessing

I get labelled as just being about one thing, but there’s lots of layers to what I do. It’s just lazy journalism, but people start to accept it. If people spent an hour in my car driving around London and listening to the stuff I listen to, they’d hear some interesting stuff. — Paul Weller

I’ve used Fender Strats with Marshalls since forever, though since I last played London, I’ve switched to my YJM Seymour Duncan pickups, and I also have a Fender YJM overdrive pedal, which is fairly new. — Yngwie Malmsteen

I was born in Paris, and it’s a beautiful place, but London feels like home. I like the village feeling, I like running in the parks – even the food isn’t as bad as it used to be. — Eva Green

I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, ‘There’s no place like New York. It’s the most exciting city in the world now. That’s the way it is. That’s it.’ — Robert De Niro

I like the idea of an open, international London that thrives on attracting hard-working, talented people but has the confidence to tell them they must play by the same rules as everyone else. — Mohsin Hamid

I love New York City. The energy, the theatre, the art, the food, the people, the parks and streets. But I could say the same of London or Paris, too. — Pierce Brosnan

My cousin’s gay, he went to London only to find out that Big Ben was a clock. — Rodney Dangerfield

You go to drama school, and the people you revere and admire are those who work on the London stage, and you hope that’s a world that you’ll be able to break into and do enough occasional television and small film work to eventually get to the point where you’re paying the bills. — Taron Egerton

The Metropolis should have been aborted long before it became New York, London or Tokyo. — John Kenneth Galbraith

I’m made up of immigrant stock. I went to a primary school in London. I grew up eating Spangles, why shouldn’t I be as well placed to speak for Londoners as anyone else? — Boris Johnson

I like flying to New York from London. It’s like a day off for me. No phone or e-mails. Food, wine, iPod, movies, snoozing. — Ricky Gervais

I have always loved and avidly read the novels of Jack London, Jules Verne and Ernest Hemingway. The characters depicted in their books, who are brave and resourceful people embarking on exciting adventures, definitely shaped my inner self and nourished my love for the outdoors. — Vladimir Putin

I’m a London boy, born and bred, and I’ll be there for as long as I can. — Tom Holland

Huge numbers of people in London depend on their cars. Fuel duty is becoming a big factor in people’s cost of living. I believe in trying to ease these burdens. — Boris Johnson

It’s mad to think I was just a kid from south London, rapping in parks with friends. — Stormzy

London and L.A. are two opposites – I like the difference. — Jason Statham

The Five Points was the toughest street corner in the world. That’s how it was known. In fact, Charles Dickens visited it in the 1850s and he said it was worse than anything he’d seen in the East End of London. — Martin Scorsese

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