London is a city that offers all kinds of temptations, and whenever I go for a walk I discover things that I would like to bring back as souvenirs. But my resources are very limited. I cannot buy anything, and I make a point of taking my walks a good distance from these riches.
Natsume Sōseki (1867-1916), Spring Miscellany and London Essays
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 (b.1949), London: The Biography
One thing about London is that when you step out into the night, it swallows you.
Sebastian Faulks (b.1953), Engleby
In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea.
John Osborne (1929-1994), Tom Jones
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, door, passsage, door. Mayfair to Piccadilly to Soho to the Strand.
Anna Quindlen (b.1953), Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City