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77 Astonishing London Quotes

77 Astonishing London Quotes

There’s no doubt that London is one of the greatest cities on Earth. Being the center of the world for centuries, the city acted as a beacon to some of the greatest writers and poets in history, so it’s not surprising that there are countless quotes about London.

In my London quotes collection, I’ll give you the 77 phrases that describe the vibe of this amazing city the best or at least give you a chuckle. So you’ll get to know the city before you even visit. How cool is that? (and when you decide to visit, make sure to check out my London itinerary guide).

Are you ready to become a Londoner?

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My Favourite Quotes About London

I love all of my London quotes, but the following ten are my absolute favorites. Let’s see if you agree with me.

1 – “London is like a smoky pearl set in a circle of emeralds.”
– William Henry Rideing 


2 – “In London, everyone is different, and that means anyone can fit in.”
– Paddington Bear


3 – “London is a bad habit one hates to lose.”
–  William Sansom


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


5 – “Paris is a woman but London is an independent man puffing his pipe in a pub.”
– Jack Kerouac


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


7 – “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 only magnificent.” 
– Henry James

8 – “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

9 – “The interesting thing about London is that there are always stylish surprises around every corner.”
– Natalie Massenet


10 – “If you’re curious, London’s an amazing place.” 
– David Bailey


Famous London Quotes

My collection continues with the most famous quotes about London. There’s a big chance you know every single one, but I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy them once again. I mean, there’s a reason for them to be the most famous London quotes – they are just that good.

11 – “The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.” 
–  Oscar Wilde

12 – “By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.” 
– Samuel Johnson


13 – “A bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else.”
– Anonymous


14 – “Oh, I love London society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what society should be.” 
– Oscar Wilde

15 – “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


16 – “London, baby!” 
– Joey from Friends


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


18 – “London is a modern Babylon.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

19 – “London is a world by itself. We daily discover in it more new countries, and surprising singularities, than in all the universe besides.” 
– Thomas Brown

20 – “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

Funny London Quotes

This section is full of quotes about London that will bring a smile to your face. I am always looking to grow this one, so please share if you think of anything funny to add.

21 – “Do you realise that people die of boredom in London suburbs? It’s the second biggest cause of death amongs the English in general. Sheer boredom…”
– Alexander McCall Smith

22 – “London’s like one of the flash women at Frisco – fine to look at, cruel as the snow.”
– Joseph Hatton

23 – “Yes, London. You know, fish, chips, cup o tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary-f*-Poppins. London!”
– Dennis Farina


24 – “Please, mind the gap.”
– London Underground

25 – “London is a huge, stony desert: even boredom feels endless there.”
– Sándor Márai

26 – “How can you ever be late for anything in London? They have a huge clock right in the middle of the town.”
– Jimmy Kimmel

27 – “There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappear — the city of London and the South Seas.”  
– Herman Melville


28 – “Having the Thames of my life.”


29 – “Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a ticket to London.”
– Anonymous


30 – “Nothing is certain in London but expense.” 
– William Shenstone

31 – “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

32 – “Take a perfect day, add six hours of rain and fog, and you have instant London.”
– Anonymous


33 – “One of the the things I most liked about the city – apart from all its obvious attractions, the theatre, the galleries, the exhilarating walks by the river – was that so few people ever asked you personal questions.”
– Julia Gregson

34 – “The English mist is always at work like a subtle painter, and London is a vast canvas prepared for the mist to work on.” 
–  Arthur Symons

35 – “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

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

Short Quotes About London

If you came here looking for quick inspiration or a great Instagram caption – this is the section for you.

37 – But London is a glorious mess.”
– James Geary


38 – “To walk alone in London is the greatest rest.”
– Virginia Woolf


39 – “New York has a great energy, but London is better.”
– Jaime Winstone

40 – “LonDONE.”
– Anonymous


41 – “I think London’s hot because it’s so full of eccentrics.” 
– Rachel Weisz


42 – “London is a labyrinth, half of stone and half of flesh.”
– Peter Ackroyd

43 – “London is an endless skirmish between angles and emptiness.”
– China Miéville

44 – “I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me.” 
Charlotte Brontë

45 – “All you need is love and a vacation in London.”
– Anonymous


46 – “London’s greatest strength is our diversity.”
– Sadiq Khan

47 – “London is a roost for every bird.” 
– Benjamin Disraeli


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

49 – Live. Love. London.
– Anonymous


50 – “The parks be the lungs of London.”
Charles Dickens

51 – “There’s no time to be bored in London.”
– Anonymous


52 – “Keep calm and go to London.” 


53 – “The Thames is liquid history.” 
– John Burns

54 – “London is my cup of tea.”
– Anonymous


55 – “Fragmentarily the City is nothing, but collectively it is gigantic…”
– Charlotte Riddell

More London Quotes

The last category is full of quotes about London that just don’t fit the previous sections. They are still awesome, though, so don’t miss them.

56 – “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

57 – “I don’t know what London’s coming to — the higher the buildings, the lower the morals.”
–  Noel Coward

58 – “One thing about London is that when you step out into the night, it swallows you.”
– Sebastian Faulks


59 – “It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.” 
– Sherlock Holmes

60 – “In many ways, London is like a great big pinata, and everyone who lives here is like an excited, blindfolded child with a heart full of hope and a big flailing stick. Aim that stick right and London will split at the seams like a ruptured spleen, showering you with the most extraordinary places to visit, places like you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Get it wrong and the chances are you’ll lose your footing and end up in a frustrated, eyeless heap.”
– Paul Carr

61 – “In this city 300 languages are spoken and the people that speak them live side by side in harmony. This city typifies what I believe is the future of the human race and a future where we grow together and we share and we learn from each other.” 
– Ken Livingstone

62 – “I drive a motorbike, so there is the whiff of the grim reaper round every corner, especially in London.”
– Benedict Cumberbatch

63 – “London is like the grave in one respect — any man can make himself at home there; and whenever a man finds himself homeless elsewhere, he had better either die or go to London.”
– Nathaniel Hawthorne

64 – “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.” 
– Dracula

65 – “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

66 – “A city like London was always going to be a paradox, the best of it so very riddled with the opposite, so Swiss-cheesed with moral holes.”
– China Miéville

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


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

69 – “Would I were in an alehouse in London. I would give all my fame for a pot of ale, and safety. “
W. Shakespeare

70 – “London is a cluster of communities, great and small, famous and unsung; a city of contrasts, a congregation of diversity.”
– Roy Porter


71 – “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

72 – “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

73 – “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

74 – “London’s like a monster with one hundred arms … as wide as it’s long. It’s noisy. It’s dirty. It’s everything. You’ll see.”
– Kevin Crossley-Holland

75 – “London is a friend whom I can leave knowing without doubt that she will be the same to me when I return, tomorrow or forty years hence, and that, if I do not return, she will sing the same song to inheritors of my happy lot in future generations.” 
– Stella Benson

76 – “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 

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


And if you need some extra inspiration, you can check my mountain, adventure and travel quotes or even the Paris and Rome ones or have a laugh with these 25 curious facts about London.

That’s all from me, I hope you enjoyed my collection of awesome quotes about London!
If you haven’t planned your trip there yet, find out how I plan my trips!
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