39+ 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

It is difficult to speak adequately or justly of London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy, or exempt from reproach. It is magnificent. Henry James

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

London is a roost for every bird. Benjamin Disraeli

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

London always reminds me of a brain. It is similarly convoluted and circuitous. A lot of cities, especially American ones like New York and Chicago, are laid out in straight lines. Like the circuits on computer chips, there are a lot of right angles in cities like this. But London is a glorious mess. James Geary

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

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

I travel continuously, and I see many cities, but there is nowhere like London. Norman Foster 

In London, we don’t give a toss who you are. The taxman might though.

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

I think London’s sexy because it’s so full of eccentrics. Rachel Weisz

The best bribe which London offers today 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 perpetually attracts, stimulates, gives me a play and a story and a poem, without any trouble, save that of moving my legs through the streets To walk alone through London is the greatest rest. Virginia Woolf 

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

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

And like many bad habits, it requires a lot of money and leaves you feeling rather exhausted.

London, thou art the flower of cities all! Game of all joy, jasper of jocundity. William Dunbar 

The vibe of London as a city is captivating. It’s both fast paced and extremely rushed but still has the calmness that would attract any big city person. Ali Fazal

Nothing is certain in London but expense. William Shenstone 

I’ve been walking about London for the last 30 years, and I find something fresh in it everyday. Walter Besant

The vibe of London as a city is captivating. It’s both fast paced and extremely rushed but still has the calmness that would attract any big city person. Ali Fazal

Yes, London. You know, fish, chips, cup o tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary fucking Poppins. London! Dennis Farina

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

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.

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

The parks be the lungs of London. Charles Dickens

London is like a woman with too many years to encourage confession. Louise Closser Hale 

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

I have often amused myself with thinking how different a place London is to different people. James Boswell

Aesthetically, London is just beautiful; it’s a gorgeous city. The architecture, monuments, the parks, the small streets, it’s an incredible place to be. Sara Bareilles

The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilized, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. Stephen Fry

London is a modern Babylon. Benjamin Disraeli

I long to go through the crowded streets of your mighty London, to be in the midst of the whirl and rush of humanity, to share its life, its change, its death, and all that makes it what it is. Bram Stoker, Dracula.

London is a splendid place to live in for those who can get out of it. George Bruce

As to London we must console ourselves with the thought that if life outside is less poetic than it was in the days of old, inwardly its poetry is much deeper. Goldwin Smith

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.