London Quotes

Posted by Vebra on January 19, 2017

In London, nobody comments on what you wear - they think that's not important to you or your state of well-being.
- Steven Berkoff

Most people live in the city and go to the country at the weekend, and that's posh and aristocratic, but actually to live in the country and come to London when you can't take it any more is different.
- Damien Hirst

You see in the streets of London, great and little boys running about in long blue coats, which, like robes, reach quite down to the feet, and little white bands, such as the clergy wear.
- Karl Philipp Moritz

London is completely unpredictable when it comes to weather. You'll start a scene, and it's a beautiful morning. You get there at 6 in the morning, set up, you start the scene, start shooting. Three hours later, it is pitch black and rainy.
- David Schwimmer

London is one of the most enchanting places I've ever been on this planet.
- Don Johnson

A country gentleman should bring his lady to visit London as soon as he can, that they may have agreeable topics for conversation when they are by themselves.
- Samuel Johnson

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


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

London is the clearing-house of the world.
- Joseph Chamberlain

The parks are the lungs of London.
- William Pitt

So poetry, which is in Oxford made an art, in London only is a trade.
- John Dryden

Flowers are as common in the country as people are in London.
- Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

The hierarchy of class in London was rigid. It was like a religion. It still is to a certain extent.
- Ben Kingsley

To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
- Alvin Toffler

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

If London is a watercolor, New York is an oil painting.
- Peter Shaffer

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

In New York, everyone's desperate for success, desperate for money and desperate to be accepted, but in London they're more laid back about things like that.
- David Bailey

I wake up every morning and I feel like I'm juggling glass balls. I live in Los Angeles, my business is run out of London, and most evenings I'm cuddled up in front of Skype, in my dressing gown, speaking with my studio in London. I travel a lot, my team travel a lot, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
- Victoria Beckham

If you take the contempt some Americans have for yuppies and multiply it by 10 you might come close to understanding their attitude towards the City, as they call it - London, the people of the south.
- Martin C. Smith


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


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


I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me. Who but a coward would pass his whole life in hamlets; and for ever abandon his faculties to the eating rust of obscurity?
- Charlotte Bronte

So Harry Potter came in and it is nice that I have kids of the right age. I took them to London and they walked around the set and met Harry Potter and that is thrilling.
- Gary Oldman

London, thou art the flower of cities all! Gemme of all joy, jasper of jocunditie.
- William Dunbar

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

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

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 thought of Paris as a beauty spot on the face of the earth, and of London as a big freckle.
- James Weldon Johnson

Do you realise that people die of boredom in London suburbs? It's the second biggest cause of death amongst the English in general. Sheer boredom.
- Alexander McCall Smith

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

You will recognize, my boy, the first sign of old age: it is when you go out into the streets of London and realize for the first time how young the policemen look.
- Sir Seymour Hicks

Being an only child, I didn't have any other family but my mom and dad really, since the rest of my family lived quite far away from London.
- Tom Hardy

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

I love the fact we're still on the road. I was born to be a factory worker really, so for me the chance to get on stage at Wembley 30 years after we started is amazing.
- Joe Elliott

In remembering those who lost their lives in the London attacks and the September 11th attacks we continue our commitment to fighting for freedom, democracy and justice.
- Doc Hastings

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

Since my education, I've done quite untraditional things. There are very few Etonians who went to Rada. And far fewer Etonians - certainly when I was there - went to Cambridge. I don't know whether it's the same now. Most people I knew went to Oxford, because it seemed more of an easy bridge.
- Tom Hiddleston

The first big break was winning a scholarship to go to Cambridge University. I was very lucky, because my parents couldn't have afforded a university education for me. Without a scholarship I couldn't possibly have gone.
- Trevor Nunn

In Scotland, the indication is that for the Westminster elections at least, Labour voters are satisfied with their government.
- Lucy Powell

Certainly going back to Sherlock Holmes we have a tradition of forensic science featured in detective stories.
- Jeffery Deaver

London is a modern Babylon.
- Benjamin Disraeli

London is a roost for every bird.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Fragmentarily the City is nothing, but collectively it is gigantic...
- Charlotte Riddell

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

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

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

One of the the things she 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

I don't know what London's coming to - the higher the buildings the lower the morals.
- Noel Coward

The City of London, whose resident population hardly equals that of Dover, but whose precincts over a million persons enter daily, Sunday excepted, on business bent.
- A. H. Beavan

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

You burned the city of London in our houses and we felt the flames.
- Archibald MacLeish

The problem is that many MPs never see the London that exists beyond the wine bars and brothels of Westminster.
- Ken Livingstone

But in my imagination this whole thing developed and I started mixing up old folk songs with the Beatles beat and taking them down to Greenwich Village and playing them for the people there.
- Roger McGuinn

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.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Nothing is certain in London but expense.
- William Shenstone

On the other hand, all kinds of adventurous schemes to add security checkpoints to subway and bus systems have been circulating since the London attacks. This is nonsense. No one can guaranty 100 percent security.
- Otto Schily

When you go to clubs in London there are loads of good-looking blokes, and I feel like a bit of a minger.
- Lee Ryan

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

Jurgen loved London because he could get lost here. He said that it was the first time he could do that in eight years. No one knew him or bothered him. It is great for a person to be able to get lost.
- Teddy Sheringham

Audiences in London called me the girl with the black cherry eyes.
- Maureen O'Hara

London is a small place, and it is very incestuous. People know where you live. Everybody is sort of on top of each other.
- Jeanette Winterson

On March 4th, 1830, I arrived in London, where a new world seemed opened to me.
- Henry Bessemer

On the other hand in London you can get an audience that desires dance to go as far as it can go: they've seen the bricks of ideas built over a period so therefore there is an acceptance of what otherwise might seem out on a limb.
- Siobhan Davies

London is more mentally stimulating and the people more interesting that Japan.
- Kelly Osbourne

I am not quite sure where home is right now. I do have places in London and Milan, and a house in Spain. I guess I would say home is where my mother is, and she lives in Spain.
- Sarah Brightman

The British political system and the whole clapped out Westminster architecture, and the language that we use about politics, it's completely unsustainable. You either decide to be part of that transition to do something different. Or you cling to old certainties.
- Nick Clegg

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

An actor who knows his business ought to be able to make the London telephone directory sound enthralling.
- Donald Sinden

The first issue of The Register was printed in London, and gave a glowing account of the province that was to be - its climate, its resources, the sound principles on which it was founded.
- Catherine Helen Spence

London, thou art the flower of cities all!
- William Dunbar

There was no real fringe theatre in London until way after the war, so either a play was done secretly with a club licence or it was done openly and had to be assessed along with everything else.
- Timothy West

There's something about doing theatre in London - it sinks a little bit deeper into your soul as an actor. It's something about the tradition of theatre, about performing on the West End stage.
- Christian Slater

I go to London, my favourite city in the world, and I feel at home.
- Boris Becker

We took an approach, supported by the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and the Mayor for London, that we had very real fears of violence and damage being caused across the streets of London.
- Michael Todd

We used to play in a theater club in London called The King's Head. When the theater let nut, around 10:00 P.M., we'd be ready to go and really get it on for about an hour or so.
- Mark Knopfler

What can you do if a part of it is uphill? You can't work out another route. You've just got to run the one they give you. But they tell me London is a nice course. Even the cobbles, I hope, are not very much of a problem for me.
- Haile Gebrselassie

When Blur first started and we were playing Manchester the Hacienda was the place to go. That was where a lot of exciting stuff was happening and London was pretty dead.
- Graham Coxon

When Culture Club broke up, I hadn't been going out a lot because we'd been working all the time, so I suddenly had this period of leisure. And it was just around the time that the whole acid house thing kicked off in London.
- Boy George

In London, the weather would affect me negatively. I react strongly to light. If it is cloudy and raining, there are clouds and rain in my soul.
- Jerzy Kosinski

When I did it, I was a starving musician in London in a basement flat, but a simple tune with the right singer or the right situation can become very well liked and accepted. I'm only too pleased to say it happened with that one.
- Mick Ralphs

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

When I was in college, I spent a summer working in London. I'd enjoyed tea before that, but then I got actual, really good tea there and never looked back.
- Sarah Zettel

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

When really you've gone to drama school and rep and then you've come to London and gone to auditions and you've worked, solidly, for years. But that all gets forgotten.
- Julia Ormond

We live in the country, and I have a huge library there. When we go to London for the winter I never know which books to take. I never know what I am going to need. That's the only disadvantage.
- Mordecai Richler

But whatever happens, when you leave London you feel like a winner because it's a great venue and it's so nice to be there with all the guys.
- Guy Forget

The London Games will be designed for the athletes and we will provide them with the very best venues and the very best conditions to pursue their sporting dreams in London.
- Sebastian Coe

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

It was a foggy day in London, and the fog was heavy and dark. Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking; inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither.
- Charles Dickens

The Monmouth Coffee Shop is the best place in London.
- Kyle MacLachlan

People in London think of London as the center of the world, whereas New Yorkers think the world ends three miles outside of Manhattan.
- Toby Young

Hitler bombed London into submission but in fact it created a sense of national solidarity.
- Tom Paulin

The Royal Festival Hall in London is nice; people hang out there. I think this inviting, non-exclusive character is very important.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

The Sun in London ran a front page declaring my bum a national treasure. I really did laugh at that. Its not like it can actually do anything, except wiggle.
- Kylie Minogue

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

Someday when peace has returned to this odd world I want to come to London again and stand on a certain balcony on a moonlit night and look down upon the peaceful silver curve of the Thames with its dark bridges.
- Ernie Pyle

Sometimes I miss the spirit of London, but it's a very gray place.
- Claire Forlani

London has what it takes to host the greatest sporting show on earth.
- Bradley Wiggins

The city of London, within the walls, occupies a space of only 370 acres, and is but the hundred and fortieth part of the extent covered by the whole metropolis.
- Henry Mayhew

I think England has served me very well. I like living in London for the reasons I gave. I have absolutely no intentions of cutting those ties. There is absolutely no reason to do so. Certainly not, so that I can have a swimming pool and a palm tree.
- Colin Firth

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

My actual childhood, as opposed to my adolescence, was not spent in London.
- Peter Shaffer

Now I'm back home, living in London, running my theater. I just want to enjoy all that.
- Sam Mendes

London Transport commissioned a study to find out why buses were running late and it turned out it was because they kept stopping to let people on.
- Rory McGrath

Of course I've done musicals here in London.
- Norman Wisdom

I want to be Prime Minister, but I will stand for Mayor of London first.
- Mohamed Al-Fayed

It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that 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

I do not think there is anything deserving the name of society to be found out of London.
- William Hazlitt

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

Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be.
- Jane Austen

It was a Sunday afternoon, wet and cheerless; and a duller spectacle this earth of ours has not to show than a rainy Sunday in London.
- Thomas De Quincey

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

An office boy in London was the lowest of the low. The office boy was the tea boy. He would be the dog's body: It means someone who would do anything at all. I was quite prepared for that and enjoyed it.
- George Carey

As a student in London, I had seen so many shows, so many plays and had seen so many greats of the day.
- David Naughton

During our stay in London for the first time I was able to establish personal contact with some of the organic chemists, whose work I knew and admired from the literature. I found them most gracious and helpful.
- George Andrew Olah

Even if a university should turn out to be another version of a school, I had decided I could lose myself afterwards as an anonymous particle of the London I already loved.
- Patrick White

Fancy your having no sunshine in London yesterday! Here it was glorious, like full summer, and I sat up with the window wide open, listening to the discourse of two amorous thrushes.
- Marie Corelli

In London they don't like you if you're still alive.
- Harvey Fierstein

I would rather start out somewhere small, like London or England.
- Britney Spears

In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals, and in Florence you learn poise.
- Virgil Thomson

Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
- Oscar Wilde

In spite of holidays when I was free to visit London theatres and explore the countryside, I spent four very miserable years as a colonial at an English school.
- Patrick White

Sir, the noblest prospect that a Scotchman ever sees, is the high road that leads him to London.
- Samuel Johnson

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

It was a night when London was ringed and stabbed with fire.
- Ernie Pyle

Would you rather live in lively London or where a young penguin lies screaming?
- Gavin Buchanan Edwart

It was just a typical London flat, but it was in a great neighborhood. It was across from the Playboy Club, diagonally. From one balcony you could read the time from Big Ben, and from the other balcony you could watch the bunnies go up and down.
- Harry Nilsson

It's a unique situation as well because England is a small country, so it makes it easy for the fans to travel. If we play down in London, they get buses and we'll get three or four thousand fans come down. They'll all sit in the same area and show their support for the team.
- Claudio Reyna

This is what I wanted. They tell me that London is the best field in history. I wanted to be part of that. Because everyone will be there it will be a wonderful challenge for me. You can see the best runners, how they look, how they run. For me to beat the best is what counts.
- Haile Gebrselassie

John Lennon and Ringo Starr liked my songs. I used to write songs and they heard me sing songs on stage in London.
- Ben Kingsley

He comes to London and gets a job in a nightclub, a gay club, where he's known as Straight Dave by the bar staff - and no one believes he's as straight as he claims to be. He meets the daughter of the club manager, and he has an affair with her.
- Neil Tennant

For suddenly, I saw you there and through foggy London town the sun was shining everywhere.
- George Gershwin

London is full of women who trust their husbands. One can always recognize them. They look so thoroughly unhappy.
- Oscar Wilde

I came back out here from England and I was there for a while and it was beautiful and it is just great to see London going from Spring to Summer and Autumn.
- Orlando Bloom

My London constituency in Hackney has one of the highest levels of gun crime in the country. But the problem is no longer confined to inner city areas. Gun crime has spread to communities all over Britain.
- Diane Abbott

I don't think London has been given enough credit in a lot of the movies that we make here.
- Mel Smith

I hate going out in Brighton now. It's different in London. People respect you more there.
- Katie Price

I started noticing how stained the pavements are in London. The pavements in Beverly Hills aren't used; in London, they're used for everything. It doesn't matter how much they're cleaned, they still reflect light.
- Julie Christie

I studied for my degree in London and consequently ended up spending five years away from Cornwall. I deliberately moved away from the coast to experience a different way of life.
- John Dyer

I crammed my exams in London and did fine.
- Rhona Mitra

I do notice that when I've been away and I come back to London. People look at you. People are ready to pick arguments.
- Colin Firth

One of the jewels in the crown of Labour's time in office was the rescue of the National Health Service. As the Commonwealth Fund, the London School of Economics and the Nuffield Foundation have all shown, health reforms as well as additional investment were essential to improved outcomes, especially for poorer patients.
- David Miliband

I do some concerts. At the moment, I'm being helped a lot by a gig I play in London, which is Pizza Express.
- Mose Allison

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

I've been walking about London for the last thirty years, and I find something fresh in it every day.
- Walter Besant

I suppose in London they all drink from the same watering holes.
- Trisha Goddard

I became the toast of London. A lot of people I met came from these really decadent families where the married men were gay and no one thought anything about it.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

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

I'm contemplating moving to London for a period of time. I've been in Los Angeles for 15 years and I'm really tired of it. I'm continually uninspired by what's being sent to me. Even by huge films that they're doing there. They're just awful.
- Sherilyn Fenn

I've always wanted to perform on the London stage.
- Mimi Rogers

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

I used all diligence to arrive at London and therefore I now gave my crew a certificate under my hand, of my free and willing return, without persuasion or force by any one or more of them.
- Henry Hudson

I used to have a list of things from my school buddies of what kind of art material they wanted. I'd go up to the West End of London and spend the whole day knocking stuff off.
- Ronald Biggs

I was 14 when I started modeling. At the end of that first day my mum said, If you want to do this, you're on your own because I'm not traipsing around London ever again like that. It's a nightmare.
- Kate Moss

If I've been here a long time, I think: I must go to London and speak to someone or see a bus.
- Julian Clary

I worked in rep for six years, then I came to London and to the National Theatre. What's better than that?
- Imelda Staunton

I can walk about London and see a society that seems an absolutely revolutionary change from the 1950s, that seems completely and utterly different, and then I can pick up on something where you suddenly see that it's not.
- Penelope Lively

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

Although I have lived in London, I have never really considered London my home because it was always going to be a stopping-off point for me, and it has been too.
- Annie Lennox

I think that London is very much like that. I find there's humour in the air and people are interesting. And I think that it's a place which is constantly surprising. The worst thing about it? I think it can be smug and aggressive.
- Colin Firth

My return to London introduced me to a wider range of society.
- Catherine Helen Spence

I love London. I love England. We were out in the countryside and I had the time of my life.
- Debra Messing

When we arrived in London, my sadness at leaving Paris was turned into despair. After my long stay in the French capital, huge, ponderous, massive London seemed to me as ugly a thing as man could contrive to make.
- James Weldon Johnson

I was born in London, so going there is always a treat.
- Roger Moore

Hell is a city much like London. A populous and smoky city.
- Percy Shelley

I was a Labour Party man but I found myself to the left of the Labour party in Nelson, militant as that was. I came to London and in a few months I was a Trotskyist.
- C. L. R. James

When I won in 2003, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would win Wimbledon and have my kids seeing me lift the trophy, so this is pretty surreal. And yeah, I was almost shocked in the moment that it all came together so nicely.
- Roger Federer

I love going into the centre of London because people don't give a monkey's about you or who you are. You can be in a restaurant and no one notices you or if they do they won't show it.
- Teddy Sheringham

I was a sort of rock journalist - whatever that is - in London in the late '60s.
- Jonathan Demme

I was born in London, England, in 1938, a few months before the war, and spent the first years of my life there, although I was evacuated a couple of times for short periods. My schooling was very interrupted, both by frequent moves and by ill health.
- Anne Perry

I was born in Middlesex, England, which is really London.
- Charles Keating

I grew up in Greenwich Village. Dad was friends with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
- Yancy Butler

You are now
In London, that great sea, whose ebb and flow
At once is deaf and loud, and on the shore
Vomits its wrecks, and still howls on for more
Yet in its depth what treasures!
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

There's a hole in the world
Like a great black pit
And the vermin of the world
Inhabit it
And it goes by the name of London.
- Stephen Sondheim in Sweeney Todd

A mighty mass of brick, and smoke, and shipping
Dirty and dusty
but as wide as eye
Could reach, with here and there a sail just skipping
In sight, then lost amidst the forestry
Of masts; a wilderness of steeples peeping
On tiptoe through their sea-coal canopy;
A huge, dun cupola, like a foolscap crown
On a fool's head - and there is London Town.
- Lord Byron

Useful links about London & UK:
  • Find a London University Scholarship: studylondon.ac.uk
  • Business and self-employed in the UK: gov.uk
  • Official London visitor guide with tips for people travelling to London: visitlondon.com


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