Many British celebrities, artists and authors of classic literature and even Kings have contributed some very throught-provoking quotes, which have all added to London's legendary status and reputation throughout history.
David Bailey, the British photographer who is famous for this work in advertising, fashion and celeb photography was born and grew up in East London. The great photographer himself with utmost sincerity quoted “If you’re curious, London’s an amazing place.”
In 1870, Benjamin Disraeli said that "London is a roost for every bird" in his late novel; Lothair. He served twice as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as well as a working as a fiction novelist even throughout his time as Prime Minister.
“In London, everyone is different, and that means anyone can fit in.” These wise words were quoted by a fictional character from childrens literature. London is rich in diversity and it's the mix of cultures and flavours from around the world which makes the a trip to this city a wondrous treat as well as a marvellous place to live.
In its entirety, this quote can be found in the biography of the English writer Dr. Samuel Johnson, which was written by James Boswell and published in 1791. Dr. Johnson was quoted to have said this in 1777.
Paul Theroux wrote "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." in his book; Sunrise with Seamonsters in 1985 which documents his travels and discoveries. It couldn't be more true and the parking situation has not got any better, so take the Tube!
"I’ve been walking about London for the last 30 years, and I find something fresh in it everyday." Walter Besant, a historian and novelist, said this on his death bed in 1901.
The full quote can be found in Greenwich Fair by Victorian novelist Charles Dickens. However, the parks and green spaces within our city literally are a breath of fresh air away from the pollutants and other nasties that are wafting about amidst the traffic and general hustle and bustle of day to day life in London.
"Nothing is certain in London but expense." An unfortunately true quote as said by the English poet and landscape gardener; William Shenstone back in 1743. Going out for dinner in the city, let alone buying a home, is never a cheap affair. Not to mention a shopping spree in Harrods!
"There’s nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere." – Quoted by the iconic British businesswoman and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood who has designer clothing shops not only in London but throughout the world.
King George VI said this in his live broadcast to the public during the Second World War. These profound words by the King of England at the time became a symbol of British determination and the resolute spirit of the Londoners still lives on to this day.