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 (b.1964), Moon Over Soho
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, or is sick of being overcharged.
Paul Theroux (b. 1941), Sunrise with Seamonsters
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 (1843-1916), The Awkward Age
I had been in London innumerable times, and yet that day I had never noticed one of the worst things about London – the fact that it costs money even to sit down.
George Orwell (1903-1950)
I’ve been walking about London for the last thirty years, and I find something fresh in it every day.
Walter Besant (1836-1901), on his deathbed, 9th June 1901