London Quotes

London is a vast, complex city designed by the same guy who created the Habitrail.

— Adam Schlesinger

In Paris we have bistros, then we have fine dining. In London, you have a very contemporary scene with mixed influences.

— Alain Ducasse

When I arrived, I didn’t understand London customers perfectly, but we’ve developed the right style with the right price, and step by step, I’m in harmony with London.

— Alain Ducasse

If I had the choice to travel to two places in Europe, it would be Paris and London.

— Alain Ducasse

I haven’t seen the film yet because I just got in from London. In the scenes where the two characters are bantering with each other, it is like bobbing at the net in tennis.

— Albert Finney

When I was 14, I came to school in London. I remember it was very cold, but also having to adjust and become fluent in English.

— Alek Wek

I like unique little boutique hotels, such as Blakes in London.

— Alek Wek

I went abroad to Malaya and came back and tended naturally to gravitate towards the south, I suppose, near London where things seemed to be going on but I’m still a Lancashire man, and what I want to write someday is a novel about Manchester. Very much a regional novel.

— Anthony Burgess

The Ritz in London has an old-fashioned charm, with waiters wearing tails and white gloves. The dining room is exquisite, with immaculate service and ornate details.

— Anton du Beke

When my first novel was published, I went in great excitement round bookshops in central London to see if they had stocked it.

— Antony Beevor

Indian films have this obsession with hygienic clean spaces, even though the country’s not so clean. They’re either shot in the studios or shot in London, in America, in Switzerland – clean places. Everywhere except India.

— Anurag Kashyap

London has been used as the emblematic English city, but it’s far from representative of what life in England is actually about.

— Alan Moore

There are members of the London press who seek to antagonise me, deliberately.

— Alex Ferguson

I like to buy a new fragrance for each film. I’ll go out in the city where I’m filming and snap it up. The one I have for ‘Into the Woods’ is Terry de Gunzburg Flagrant Delice, which I bought in London.

— Anna Kendrick

By the time I came to the States, I really understood how a magazine works. I came to ‘Vogue’ as creative director, and three years later I went back to London to be editor in chief of British ‘Vogue.’

— Anna Wintour

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 like where I live here, in London.

— Annie Lennox

I went to University College London and read English literature, then realised if you were interested in story and narrative, film was the way to go.

— Alison Owen

I loved being in London. Always walking everywhere, always out and about and always at markets, walking around Brick Lane and Covent Garden and Soho.

— Alice Temperley

I always knew I would come to London. I loved Glasgow, but it seemed filled with echoes of my parents’ lives, and sometimes you just want a city of your own.

— Andrew O’Hagan

I’m the co-chair of the PTA at my kids’ school, Ashmount Primary, in north Islington, London.

— Arabella Weir

Whenever we race in London, the noise of the fans gives me goosebumps.

— Alistair Brownlee

Mrs. Miniver was an ordinary middle-class English housewife, a character created by Jan Struther when she was commissioned by the ‘Times of London’ to write a weekly ‘cheer-up’ article in 1937.

— Alistair Horne

In the 17th century, Barbados was regarded in London as ‘the brightest jewel in the English crown’.

— Alistair Horne

It is always a pleasure to see what NYC, London, Paris and Milan have to offer.

— Aslaug Magnusdottir

To make a career as an Irish actor, generally it’s the case that you move to London. When you make that move, you do tend to stand out.

— Aidan Turner

The one I remember is going into London, as it was for us in Essex, on New Year’s Eve in 1981. There were four of us and we’d had a few lagers on the way. One of my mates threw up in the Tube and then stood up and fell over in it. We thought it was the funniest thing we’d ever seen.

— Alan Davies

I’m always afraid someone’s going to tap me on the shoulder one day and say, ‘Back to North London.’

— Alan Parker

I think if you live in London, it’s such a cosmopolitan city nobody even notices different-race relationships. I assumed it would be even more liberal in the States, and it’s totally the opposite.

— Alex Kingston

I was born in Oslo, Norway, but now live in the suburbs of Southwest London, right near the River Thames. It’s a lovely part of the world.

— Alexander Hanson

The home of Rugby Union is in Twickenham – just outside London in the suburbs, where I live. I’m mad for it. The trouble with being an actor and being in the theater is that you always miss the games.

— Alexander Hanson

A horseman’s head is in Athens, and his body is in London: Poseidon’s torso is separated between Greece and the U.K. This means that they cannot be celebrated and appreciated as a whole in the country they came from.

— Amal Clooney

I moved to Seattle when I was two or three years old. Had my early education there, and would spend summers on the farm in Maryland. Then I went to boarding school in New Hampshire, to St. Paul’s School. From there, I moved to London.

— Alexis Denisof

When I first walked in to London, I was so overwhelmed by the village, the sheer volume of people. I was just so excited. You don’t know what to expect. So the level of excitement was almost draining, just taking everything in. I was so exhausted after I swam because of all the excitement in the build-up.

— Aimee Willmott

Gandhi wanted to meet with Churchill, his most bitter foe, when he visited London in 1931- but it didn’t happen. Churchill wanted to go to India personally as prime minister in 1942 to negotiate a final settlement on India with Gandhi and the other nationalist leaders – but the fall of Singapore prevented it from happening.

— Arthur L. Herman

You have to remember that although Gandhi and Churchill only met physically once, their paths crossed again and crossed again all over the globe, from London and South Africa and India and back to London. In fact, I discovered that during the Boer War in 1899 they literally passed yards from each other on the battlefield.

— Arthur L. Herman

I just want to give my best in London, I want to cross that line and see a personal best on the clock then I will see what position I am in.

— Asafa Powell

In 2008, Pistorius was the only guy who could run under 22 seconds at 200 m. So I said I would run as fast as that in London. I practised I trained.

— Alan Oliveira

I grew up in northwest London on a council estate. My parents are Irish immigrants who came over here when they were very young and worked in menial jobs all their lives, and I’m one of many siblings.

— Amanda Hale

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

— Ben Okri

I drive a motorbike, so there is the whiff of the grim reaper round every corner, especially in London.

— Benedict Cumberbatch

I often hear them accuse Israel of Judaizing Jerusalem. That’s like accusing America of Americanizing Washington, or the British of Anglicizing London. You know why we’re called ‘Jews’? Because we come from Judea.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

When it’s three o’clock in New York, it’s still 1938 in London.

— Bette Midler

Should there be cameras everywhere in outdoor streets? My personal view is having cameras in inner cities is a very good thing. In the case of London, petty crime has gone down. They catch terrorists because of it. And if something really bad happens, most of the time you can figure out who did it.

— Bill Gates

The job of mayor of London is unbelievably taxing, particularly in the run-up to the Olympics.

— Boris Johnson

I want London to be a competitive, dynamic place to come to work.

— Boris Johnson

I’m made up of immigrant stock. I went to a primary school in London. I grew up eating Spangles, why shouldn’t I be as well placed to speak for Londoners as anyone else?

— Boris Johnson

Most people would accept that people come to London from across the world, from all kinds of backgrounds, and are accepted here irrespective of their origins.

— Boris Johnson

When I first moved to L.A., I discovered Roy London. I didn’t know anything about the arts, the profession I had no technique, I knew nothing, I’m fresh from Missouri. I sat in on a few classes, and they just felt a little guru-ish and just didn’t feel right to me. Until I met Roy.

— Brad Pitt

When I was little, I grew up in a place called Hertfordshire, which is just near London, but out in the country, and I visited Pakistan in the summers to go and see my family on my dad’s side.

— Bat for Lashes

Unfortunately, teatime in London is when people in Los Angeles arrive in their offices and pick up the phone.

— Beeban Kidron

Growing up, the news agents round my way in Kilburn all had ‘Time Out’ on their shopfronts. The logo is a London icon.

— Bradley Wiggins

The thing about New York is it’s like London: you want to go to the boutique places. You can go to the big department stores – Barney’s, Bloomingdales and all that stuff – but I like the little stores.

— Bryan Greenberg

Gordon Ramsay, the only chef in London honored with three stars by the ‘Guide Michelin,’ is not a monster.

— Bill Buford

I queued 24 hours to see Coldplay, at Koko in London, at the start of the X&Y tour.

— Ben Lovett

In that sense, I became politicized because the people in the coal mining villages who were involved in the struggle knew why they were there. But they couldn’t understand why some pop star from London would want to be there.

— Billy Bragg

I grew up in London, Ontario, and moved to Toronto when I was 22 or 23.

— Bryan Lee O’Malley

If I’m researching something strange and rococo, I’ll go to the London Library or the British Library and look it up in books.

— Ben Schott

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

— Charles Keating

My great-grandmother was born in London, the daughter of a Brixton coachman, and became the most famous singer in Australia. Her name was Marie Carandini, Madame Carandini.

— Christopher Lee

On close inspection, this device turned out to be a funereal juke box – the result of mixing Lloyd’s of London with the principle of the chewing gum dispenser.

— Cecil Beaton

I felt very special in Paris, more special than I felt in London. I love London for different reasons. I’ve always been close to London, being English. But somehow, there’s something special about living as an Englishwoman in Paris.

— Charlotte Rampling

I was working in a music store in London, and this particular place happened to be the importers for Rickenbacker guitars into England. So I started seeing these basses coming in.

— Chris Squire

I was a big Who fan when I was 15, 16 years old, and I used to go watch them play at the Marquee Club in London as often as I could.

— Chris Squire

The whole world knows Dickens, his London and his characters.

— Claire Tomalin

Strangely enough, among my dad’s things, I found the diary of an ancestor who was born in 1797 and became a ventriloquist in London. That was quite chilling. It described exactly how I was as a child but 150 years earlier – doing voices, pretending to be a ventriloquist.

— Christopher Guest

For me, London is and always will be home.

— Clive Owen

I might have to do the London Marathon. I like crowds, so that is why I like the big marathons.

— Cara Buono

In London, people can be so… well, it’s not even a case of people being unkind or unfriendly. You just don’t make any contact in London. You go from A to B with your eyes on the pavement.

— Carey Mulligan

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

Somerset is the first proper country county you come to in the West, which isn’t dependent on London and isn’t full of commuters. Somerset is full of the most fantastically interesting people.

— Charles Hazlewood

Sometimes I miss the spirit of London, but it’s a very gray place.

— Claire Forlani

I like New York. There are similarities with London that make it feel rather like home, but at the same time it’s slightly fictional.

— Clive Anderson

Of all the London theatres, the Donmar is the dream.

— Charlie Cox

I’m a London lad, but I’m fascinated by America. I want to take a motorcycling trip across the country and see those wide open spaces.

— Charlie Cox

Kraken’ is set in London and has a lot of London riffs, but I think it’s more like slightly dreamlike, slightly abstract London. It’s London as a kind of fantasy kingdom.

— China Mieville

I was going to be in an acting school in London, and then I promptly got thrown out of an acting school in London. Well, it wasn’t that I got thrown out as much as I was not invited back, which is the same thing, just more polite.

— Chris Eigeman

In Britain I love spending time at the St. James’s, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower on Cadogan Place, and the Mayfair Hotel. We’ve got some spectacular hotels tucked away in London, but because I live there, I don’t get to spend as much time in them as I probably would like to.

— Colin Salmon

So I’m still in my romantic stage with London, I love it as a place.

— Christian Cooke

If I’d stayed on in London and carried on going to literary parties, it would have wrecked me as a writer.

— Colin Wilson

As a child marooned in a post-war South London backwater with no ready cash and a bafflingly dysfunctional family, I had to glean my amusement wherever I could.

— Christopher Fowler

I met Ne-Yo in London. I sang for him and he said, ‘I want to sign you.’ It was amazing – it meant my name was buzzing around the industry and I got to meet lots of different labels.

— Conor Maynard

Dark Knight’ shot in London and Chicago, and we were on that for so long.

— Chin Han

The Broadway audiences are very vocal and seem very engaged. For certain shows, especially with a show like ‘The Heiress,’ the audience’s reactions sound like ‘The Jerry Springer Show’ sometimes. That seems to be a very New York thing. Oh, there’s also the entrance round of applause here, which we don’t get too much in London.

— Dan Stevens

I run in London, in San Francisco – any city that’s got a waterfront or park.

— Danny Meyer

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

If you’re curious, London’s an amazing place.

— David Bailey

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

Finally, there’s a sense in which I look at this Westminster village and London intelligentsia as an outsider.

— Diane Abbott

As a foreigner in London, I like that there are so many other foreigners.

— David Sedaris

Fashion needs fresh blood, and London is the most creative place for that.

— Donatella Versace

I never thought of London in terms of possible heroes – of course, there are thousands. It’s a very talented city.

— Doris Lessing

I love to come to L.A. to visit, and then I like to come to rainy old London because it’s home.

— Daisy Ridley

To punish MPs because of the distance they live from London – those with fast train journeys quite close to London as well as those at some distance from both the capital or an appropriate airport – is perverse, but also dangerous to democracy.

— David Blunkett

Devo and The Cramps didn’t get big until they went to New York City. Chrissie Hynde didn’t get big until she moved to London. When I was growing up, there wasn’t even a place to play – just one little bar. If we wanted to have a gig, then we had to drive 45 minutes up to Cleveland.

— Dan Auerbach

For Hunchback, we needed this live, gigantic choir. So we went to London and said, This is Disney! I need singers who can sing high D’s, hold them for 18 seconds, and do it 60 times!

— David Friedman

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

My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers – it’s what my children call my ‘dead author wall.’ I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few.

— Debbie Macomber

In Geneva, I was seen as an outsider. In the U.S., I was considered Eurotrash. And in London, I’m seen as an American.

— Danny Rimer

When I was 16, I made some little 35mm documentaries about the poor in London. I went round Notting Hill, which was a real slum in the 1950s, shooting film.

— David Suchet

And it was only released in London last week, so when I go back to England Monday or whatever, I am expecting heaps of adulation. I’m hoping there is. If that doesn’t happen I will be disappointed.

— David Thewlis

Every street in London has a camera, and if you ever travel up the M4, it feels as if George Orwell should be your chauffeur.

— Don McCullin

If I go to London, everyone wants to talk about Damien Hirst. I’m just not interested in him. Never have been.

— Dave Hickey

We can talk about Manchester! I like coming here, it’s a wicked city. It’s my second favourite city in England after London. I like Liverpool too but there’s a lot more to do in Manchester.

— Dave Mason

I feel like I’ve changed a lot since the London Games. I was really young, and it was my first year on the international stage. I’ve matured physically since then, and I’ve become stronger, and because of that, I’ve gained a lot of confidence.

— Derek Drouin

I saw Damien Rice in Dublin when I was 13, and that inspired me to want to pursue being a songwriter… I practised relentlessly and started recording my own EPs. At 16, I moved to London and played any gigs I could, selling CDs from my rucksack to fund recording the next, and it snowballed from there.

— Ed Sheeran

I grew up in a middle class English family just outside London. I wasn’t surrounded by that speedy city lifestyle, it was a little mellower.

— Ed Westwick

I wasn’t captivated by the romance of Paris or London. I love visiting, but I’d rather be in L.A.

— Edward Ruscha

If the U.K. wants a commercial access treaty to the European market, the British must contribute to the European budget like the Norwegians and the Swiss do. If London doesn’t want that, then it must be a total exit.

— Emmanuel Macron

Labrinth is a super talented singer, producer, songwriter from London.

— Estelle

We have such a loyal following in London that we decided to open a shop, and I find Albemarle Street extremely charming and special.

— Edgardo Osorio

In London, I take the Tube everywhere.

— Elizabeth McGovern

Finnegans Wake,’ ‘Alice and Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’ live on my bedside table back home in London.

— Elizabeth Jagger

My feeling is that if all Catholics or Reformed Christians had been deported to Germany, the Dutch government in London would have instructed the population in the occupied Netherlands to help them.

— Els Borst

I was born in East Germany, before the wall came down. We sort of escaped, I guess. I grew up all over the place. Germany, London, back and forth between Minnesota and Germany. I was sort of an army brat, but not in the army.

— Falk Hentschel

I feel good when I stir something with a spurtle, but I don’t make porridge very much in London.

— Fergus Henderson

I loved every place I lived and traveled. London, Paris, Rome, Venice. I fell hard for Central America and Mexico. In each country, I had fantasies that I could live there.

— Frances Mayes

It’s nice to have some continuity you can come back to. I feel that in coming home, coming back to London.

— Felicity Jones

I finished my studies in England, I opened my studio in London, and the first one-man exhibit I had on Bond Street, which was opened by the Austrian ambassador.

— Felix de Weldon

I remember, one day, I just printed out about a hundred CVs, and I was running around London. I was going to modeling agencies, temping agencies, anything. I was so desperate.

— Fleur East

I am obsessed with the whole Victoriana thing, the whole Jack the Ripper London era, the grayness of it, the haunted feeling of it, all ancient and bloody.

— Florence Welch

If you took a child in London and took their iPhone and took them somewhere else in the country, they’d probably not be able to find their way back. That’s a shame.

— Frank Abagnale

I spill it out as fast as I can. I don’t really edit. In Brazil, recently, I wrote 70 pages. In London, 80 pages.

— Garrett Hedlund

Of course there are times when I hate London, but equally there are times when I can walk ’round a corner and I really feel that this is my place.

— Graham Swift

In 2009, I was living in London and getting work I enjoyed.

— Gugu Mbatha-Raw

One of my favourite places is Hampstead Heath. When I first moved to London, I lived in Highgate, and I would walk on the Heath at the weekends and go to the Kenwood House coffee shop.

— Gugu Mbatha-Raw

I didn’t get on a plane until I was 23, after I left Oxford and was teaching at Lucy Clayton Secretarial College in London.

— Geoff Dyer

Dublin dwindles so beautifully there is no harsh separation between it and the country. It fades away, whereas London seems to devour the country an army of buildings come and take away a beautiful park, and you never seem to get quite out of sight of a row of houses.

— George A. Moore

One of London’s massive strengths is its sporting prowess, its great football teams.

— George Osborne

There is a certain ancient civility about tailors that is welcome – especially in modern London, which is now very much an international city, not an English city. They’re still a little vessel of Englishness in what is otherwise a pretty rambunctious place.

— Graydon Carter

Somewhere along the way, New York became all about money. Or rather, it was always about money, but it wasn’t all about money, if you know what I mean. New York’s not Geneva or Zurich yet, but we’re certainly heading in that direction. London is, too.

— Graydon Carter

Since the Olympics in London, people say, ‘Greg’s won again. That’s what we all expect. Of course he wins.’

— Greg Rutherford

When I chose athletics, I knew I wanted to be Olympic champion, and now I have done it in London.

— Greg Rutherford

There are three capitals of entertainment in the world: Las Vegas, New York and London. So far the only one I truly conquered is Vegas. New York and London are still on my checklist.

— Guy Laliberte

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

I move countries every three or four years. I was born in London, and we lived in Canada. Then we lived in Saudi Arabia until the Gulf War broke out, when we were forced to leave. Then we hop-scotched for a while from Holland back to Canada back to Saudi Arabia. Then there was D-day, so we had to get out again.

— Hannah Simone

When I lived in London, I worked three jobs and had such long work days.

— Hannah Simone

I was born in England, but then I lived in Calgary, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, India, Vancouver, London, Toronto, and now L.A.

— Hannah Simone

When I lived in London, I worked at the U.N. for a while as its human rights and refugees officer. I have two degrees, and my second was in radio. I was a programmer and news reporter in Canada. My CV looks bananas.

— Hannah Simone

I met with Hitchcock when I was a very, very young actress just starting out and he was making ‘Frenzy’ in London and I was sent along to meet with him. He was very, very unimpressed with me and I have to say, I was rather unimpressed with him – but only because I was an arrogant, ignorant young actress.

— Helen Mirren

At home, I hardly ever leave London. I don’t like the countryside in England.

— Hugh Grant

I deferred my third-year studies from university to go full time sailing to try and qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, which I did. I tried to go back to the university, but having won the silver medal, I just haven’t been able to get back. And now I’m not sure if I ever will.

— Hannah Mills

London 2012 is all about winning a medal. Not just any medal, the gold medal.

— Hope Solo

Playing Joanne in ‘London to Brighton’ was my first taste of film, and I loved every second of it.

— Georgia Groome

It’s not like there’s no work in Scotland, but speak to any actor, and they’ll tell you it’s limited. So you have to go to London or Manchester to broaden your horizons.

— Greg McHugh

I live in east London, but I’m not cool.

— Greg McHugh

Although I grew up in London, I spent summers in Missouri, where my dad lived. It’s quite a liberal town, Kansas City. You’d be surprised.

— Hayley Atwell

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

We then journeyed on to London Street, down which the tidal ditch continues its course.

— Henry Mayhew

I’ll never forget when we played Shepherd’s Bush in London. We played ‘I Run To You’, and we put the mic out for the last chorus, and you could hear them singing the chorus with the beautiful accent that they have.

— Hillary Scott

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

London is the headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation, the location of the largest insurance market, and houses a significant ship-broking community, apart from the many other professional services related to shipping.

— Helmut Sohmen

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

— Henry Bessemer

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

— Imelda Staunton

When I lived in London when I did ‘Wicked’ there, everyone told me the audiences might be much more reserved, but I found it was completely the opposite. They jumped to their feet sooner, even more enthusiastically than the New York audiences did, and they were just as warm and as enthusiastic and supportive as New York.

— Idina Menzel

I find the aristocratic parts of London so unattractive and angular the architecture is so white and gated. But in New York, it’s different – even uptown it’s really grand, and there’s no real segregation there. It’s all mixed up.

— Imogen Poots

I don’t get recognised that much yet in London, but when I do I get a real sense of achievement.

— Idris Elba

There’s all this stuff that is happening in Edinburgh now, it’s a sad attempt to create an Edinburgh society, similar to a London society, a highbrow literature celebrity society.

— Irvine Welsh

I don’t miss London much. I find it crowded, vast and difficult to get around. Cabs are incredibly expensive.

— John Cleese

I left London in 1992, but I’m there 3-4 times a year, and love visiting.

— Jonathan Ive

I grew up in a small town about 40 miles outside London, but it was a fairly cosmopolitan household.

— Jacqueline Bisset

When I went to London, they told me I spoke with a funny accent – English with a Chinese accent.

— Jean-Georges Vongerichten

For people in London, Asian flavors are always part of the culture, more than in New York.

— Jean-Georges Vongerichten

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

My family is from Liverpool, so I have some of those vowel sounds, I’ve got the slack tone of someone from Birmingham, and then I was raised in Bedford, which is just north of London. So my accent, if it’s possible, makes even less sense to a Brit than to an American.

— John Oliver

I’ve spent lots of time in London, I studied in London, I like London. It’s just not my home.

— Johnny Vegas

There’s this idea that it has to be made in London. But we’ve got everything up here, and if you’ve got comics who are gifted because of where they’re from, you shouldn’t drag them away from that natural resource.

— Johnny Vegas

I grew up in North Yorkshire, but now London is home.

— James Norton

When I was a youngster, I was brought up in a very political background on an estate in north London.

— Jim Crace

I was brought up in a flat in North London – virtually the last building in London, because north of us was countryside all the way to the coast, and south of us was non-stop London for 20 miles.

— Jim Crace

Attack The Block’ is an alien invasion film set in South London. It’s about a group of kids who are some petty thugs, who have to find the hero in themselves, when they attack.

— John Boyega

President Obama took charge of the Oval Office seven years ago. He promised a positive reset in relations with Russia. But with the radioactive poisoning of a British spy in London, the downing of passenger jets over Europe, and the aggressive advances of Russian forces from Ukraine to Syria, President Putin of Russia has rebuked Mr. Obama.

— John McLaughlin

I’ve never been much of a European traveler. London once on a book tour, and Italy because that’s where Ferraris are from. That’s about it.

— John Ridley

The attacks of September 11 – and subsequent acts of terror from London to Madrid to Fort Hood, Texas – embody the most repulsive of human instincts, the will to power at the price of the lives of others.

— Jon Meacham

In 2013, we opened our first international office in London and established a European hub in Berlin.

— Jon Oringer

I spent two years playing open mic nights in Brighton, and I heard more and more people saying, ‘You should give it a go in London.’

— James Bay

Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: ‘It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.

— James Keller

A lot of new genres were being born at the time I started going out to clubs in South London, and I was part of an exciting movement that has now blown up around the world.

— Jamie xx

If I died snowboarding, you could honestly tell everybody in the world that Jeremy London died happy.

— Jeremy London

I mean, I suppose when I’m in London, I’m home so I’m more comfortable.

— Jourdan Dunn

I made it to London aged six, an event I recorded in my diary with coloured markers to convey my sense of occasion. And in 1983, after graduating from college, I returned to spend two years at Cambridge University.

— Jean Hanff Korelitz

I’d love to open a private museum in Paris, London, or New York, but I don’t have the money. If I were Bill Gates or Paul Allen, the first thing I would do is build a museum.

— Jean Pigozzi

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’m very cheerful about coming back to the U.K. We increasingly found ourselves gravitating towards London. There was so much going on for our business, and we had grown substantially here.

— Jim Ratcliffe

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as more recent attacks in Madrid, Spain, and London, England, showed in a very tragic way just how vulnerable many areas of the world are to these sorts of actions.

— Jo Bonner

It will be interesting to see if Seoul’s urban vocabulary of numerous, ever-present interactive screens will translate to other cities such as Beijing, London, and New York. It will also be intriguing to see if smaller cities and towns adopt aspects of Seoul’s screen culture throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.

— Jan Chipchase

New York has a great energy, but London is better.

— Jaime Winstone

I was always told at school I was posh, then I came to London, and here I’m told I have a country accent.

— Jessica Raine

I moved to Manchester to join a band and ended up getting into acting, and I moved back to London to become an actor and ended up joining a band.

— Jim Sturgess

London is my home… I know what’s right and wrong here, and it’s nice to have somewhere familiar to go back to.

— Jude Law

I’m incredibly boring I had a very happy childhood. I never starved, nor did I have a silver spoon in my mouth. I’m one of those terribly middle-of-the-road, British middle class, South London gents.

— Jude Law

There wasn’t very much going on in London about five years ago, and I just took a ticket on spec and went to Los Angeles. I think it was in my second week that I auditioned for ‘Battlestar.’

— James Callis

In course of time the Brothers Cowper removed the manufacture of their printing machines from London, to Manchester. There they found skilled and energetic workmen, ready to carry their plans into effect.

— James Nasmyth

I started off in musical theater, yeah. It was one of my first jobs it was in Spring Awakening in London, which was amazing.

— Jamie Blackley

I raced in London in the 2012 Olympics, and it was incredible to be a part of, with half a million people watching and then later seeing kids going back to cycle.

— Jonathan Brownlee

I used a bike in London and that’s it. I learnt a lot about biking, and really got into. Now I cycle regularly.

— Jonny Lee Miller

I was raised in Maryland. My mom was born in London, and my dad was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

— Jovan Adepo

I’ve enjoyed it, I have seen it once at the premiere in London and it was very nice to be invited there. But I do want to see it again now. I want to sit and watch it as a fan rather than being there at the premiere with all the lights and such.

— Jeremy Bulloch

London is very fashion-forward. Everyone’s very stylish, and the designers are great. It’s very my style, grungy and feminine – a bit of everything.

— Jessica Hart

I can’t get enough of London! I love all the picnic benches, the old-school phone booths and parks in the middle of the city.

— Jessica Lowndes

L.A. style is more laid back than London, mainly because it’s always sunny. In London, the cold means you get to rock layers. And you can’t go wrong with a trench coat!

— Jessica Lowndes

London is the most multicultural, mixed-race place on Earth.

— JJ Feild

Last time I was in London, I visited Number 5, Bruton Street, which is the address I gave to Violet Bridgerton, the matriarch of the Bridgerton clan in my novels. It was a bit disconcerting to learn that it’s actually a pub.

— Julia Quinn

I’ve always been fascinated with Ireland, especially Northern Ireland, having lived in London in the ’80s when there was an Irish republican bombing campaign there.

— John Gordon Sinclair

In the United States in 2009, more than 10.2 billion trips were taken on transit trains and buses. So far, the nation has not experienced a major transit attack since Sept. 11, but the March 2010 Moscow subway bombings and earlier train attacks in London and Mumbai show that we must be prepared.

— John Mica

I trained as an actor in London and went to Mountview Conservatory, as it was called then, and lived there for eleven years.

— Josh Dallas

When there are things that don’t go according to plan, London will cope.

— Jeremy Hunt

When I did my first film, I was in college I did it as a senior thesis. The original version was 60 minutes. But I developed it and made it almost 90 minutes. In 2007, it premiered in Venice, and I stopped in London to develop a script with my dad that fell apart, and we started ‘Gravity.’

— Jonás Cuarón

The fact of the matter is that whether it’s in London or Egypt or Turkey or New York or Washington, we have to pay the price of guarding ourself, which is internal vigilance.

— John Reid

I’ve had the pleasure of working in the U.K. a few times before. I’ve shot a few movies there before. One of them was Neil Simon’s ‘London Suite,’ which was based on his play. I also shot a film in Dublin, a little film with Bernadette Peters, called ‘Bobbie’s Girl.’

— Jonathan Silverman

I’ve lived in London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, New York, and Turin. But New York is my favorite city. It has so much energy, so much toughness.

— Lapo Elkann

London is like a girlfriend I loved, then really fell out with.

— Lapo Elkann

My mother had lived in London since I was little, so she never got to see my school plays and stuff.

— Lauren Graham

It’s very special that the Olympics is in London. As a first Olympic experience, it’s going to be pretty incredible.

— Lizzie Armitstead

I tell people I live in Harlesden in north-west London, and I can see them thinking, ‘Why do you live there?’

— Louis Theroux

I’ve travelled a huge amount, but almost all of it has been through work. I spent five years stationed in London in the special services of the American Air Force, producing and directing shows for the troops, which I absolutely loved.

— Larry Hagman

If I’m playing a gig in London, it feels so important. The adrenaline rush here is bigger than anywhere else. I kind of like the pressure that London puts you under.

— Laura Mvula

I tend to write some, then outline some, then delete some, then go back and rewrite some. I love revising and hate first drafts. I have to wear bedroom slippers. My current favorites come from the Zetter Hotel in London. They have little tobacco pipes on the toes.

— Lauren Kate

We moved there a year ago, just as a weekend place. Then we decided to move out of London completely. We will eventually have to work it out a bit more, because you can’t have a little boy living with his sisters like that, can you? But we like the idea of closeness.

— Linda McCartney

When I married Paul, we lived in St John’s Wood in London. We had nice next-door neighbours, but you don’t know anyone else. Everyone lives in isolation.

— Linda McCartney

I won’t eat offal. Once, I was in London at the Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, which is this really fancy eating establishment and hotel, and I almost got conned into eating testicles. It was one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever eaten, about twelve courses. That was one of the courses.

— Lucy Punch

Brazil is a country that has rich people, as you have in New York City, as you have in Berlin or in London. But we also have poor people like in Bangladesh or in African suburbs.

— Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

I really like England. I like the lifestyle and the country. The history. The culture, which London is full of. The country pursuits.

— Leon Max

I seemed to belong to three countries: I had an apartment in Paris, a house in Hollywood, and when I married British theater director Peter Hall, I moved to London.

— Leslie Caron

When I was at graduate school in London, I began working at NBC News, which had a thriving documentary unit.

— Leslie Cockburn

When I was in London at NBC, I was the lowest man on the totem pole. I would go to diplomatic receptions to meet people.

— Leslie Cockburn

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

I was living in my lovely little two-bedroom flat in north London… and suddenly, I couldn’t just walk down the street and buy a pint of milk.

— Kate Winslet

The pressure was huge going into London, definitely.

— Katie Taylor

I Kenneth Robert Livingstone, having been elected to the office of mayor of London, declare that I take that office upon myself, and will duly and faithfully fulfil the duties of it to the best of my judgement and ability.

— Ken Livingstone

I undertake that, in the exercise of my functions of that office I will have regard to any guidance with respect to ethical standards issued by the secretary of state under Section 66 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999.

— Ken Livingstone

I could not cherish London and not value Jewish London. The contribution of Jews to London is immense – politically, economically, culturally, intellectually, philanthropically, artistically.

— Ken Livingstone

All over London as one walks, one everywhere, in the season, sees oranges to sell and they are in general sold tolerably cheap, one and even sometimes two for a halfpenny or, in our money, threepence.

— Karl Philipp Moritz

In London, before I set out, I had paid one shilling another was now demanded, so that upon the whole, from London to Richmond, the passage in the stage costs just two shillings.

— Karl Philipp Moritz

When I grew up in central London, we had six pavement slabs for a garden.

— Keeley Hawes

Nobody’s going to say hello to me in the street, really, because there’ll be someone a bit more famous coming along the street in a minute. That typifies London, really.

— Ken Stott

There’s a lot of tension in London, but then you realize it’s always been there, in its history, and that the best thing about London, that there’s always been this tension.

— King Krule

Our universe – it’s three-dimensional, but we can pretend it’s two-dimensional so it’s like this sheet of paper – and we live in Pasadena over here and London is over there, and it’s thousands of miles from Pasadena to London.

— Kip Thorne

However, we do not lack anti-terrorist laws. I do not believe that the recent London bombs were the result of any deficiencies in our legal system.

— Kenneth Clarke

If the prime minister really believes it, he must be the only person left who thinks that the recent bombs in London had no connection at all with his policy in Iraq.

— Kenneth Clarke

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

Yet while on my trip to the Middle East, the London bombings occurred. This was yet another stark reminder that if we don’t fight terrorists abroad, they just get closer to our home.

— Kenny Marchant

Remember, the early ’60s in London was something – which must have been like Berlin in the ’30s when the arts flourished. You didn’t have the differences in class, and so on.

— Ken Adam

In 1255, Louis IX of France presented an elephant to Henry III of England to add to the menagerie of exotic animals he kept in the Tower of London.

— Karen Maitland

Shakespeare’s frequent horseback journeys from London to Stratford, and from Stratford to London, must have made him familiar with the county of Oxfordshire.

— Katharine Lee Bates

The Five Points was the toughest street corner in the world. That’s how it was known. In fact, Charles Dickens visited it in the 1850s and he said it was worse than anything he’d seen in the East End of London.

— Martin Scorsese

In London we give ourselves a pat on the back, rightly, for not killing one another, for our prejudice being subtle rather than lethal.

— Martin Freeman

It is amazing that you now have a bus company in Ballymena producing world class buses for Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Las Vegas.

— Martin McGuinness

As London is suddenly promoted as a super-wealth brand, the England outside London shivers beneath cutbacks, tight circumstances and economic disasters.

— Morrissey

I was born and raised in Essex, just outside London, to a financially comfortable, well-educated Pakistani family.

— Maajid Nawaz

During my teenage years as an Islamist recruiter, I moved to live in self-contained communities in the London boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets.

— Maajid Nawaz

Fridays are always movie night at our flat in Kensington, West London.

— Mariella Frostrup

Everything is global now. It’s not London, it’s not Spain, it’s not Italy – everything is everywhere. So you have to be everywhere, I guess.

— Manolo Blahnik

When I am in London, all I do is mix with other people in the arts.

— Martin Parr

There are 65 to 70 photography galleries in New York alone. In the U.K., there are no more than five, and they’re all in London.

— Martin Parr

Il faut vivre’ might almost be the French national motto from 1940 to June 1944, but who is to say ours would have been any different if the Germans had paraded victoriously through London and Generalfeldmarschall Von Runstedt made his headquarters at Claridge’s?

— Michael Korda

I came to Los Angeles and did auditions for television. I made a terrible mess of most of them and I was quite intimidated. I felt very embarrassed and went back to London. I got British television jobs intermittently between the ages of 23 and 27, but it was very patchy.

— Michael Fassbender

There are many cultural scenes in Lahore, just as there are in London. And there is a celebrity culture here, just as there is in London. But in Lahore, the celebrity scene doesn’t drown out the rest quite so much.

— Mohsin Hamid

When I began to write, I was surprised at how little London had been used in crime fiction. Places such as Edinburgh or Oxford or L.A. seemed to have stronger identities.

— Mark Billingham

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

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 want a house with a garden, but slap bang in the centre of London. Next door to a sushi bar.

— Michelle Dockery

I travel Europe every couple of weeks. I just came back from London, Holland and Denmark. Every nation on this planet has its issues with race, and I am not sure if everyone has figured out how to deal with it.

— Montel Williams

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

I miss my kids, and they miss me. It’s very difficult, but I have to do it for my country and fulfill my dreams coming to the 2012 London Olympics.

— Mary Kom

In this film, we took a helicopter up and showed London as a vista, which is not very often done.

— Mel Smith

My stepfather introduced me to The London Library when I was about 18 the clientele has definitely changed since then, but it is still a wonderful oasis in the middle of London.

— Natascha McElhone

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

I’m a good little middle-class boy. I live in Gloucestershire or Kensington. I don’t exist in the war zone, but it’s certainly not far away. I grew up in an area where it is a war zone – south London.

— Nick Love

Thanks to the unprecedented reach of British navigation, London in the early 18th century was not just the emporium of the world, it was the first place in which it was possible to assemble artifacts from around the world and allow people to study them.

— Neil MacGregor

When I first moved to London for university, I was already a big fan of Diesel because, in the nineties, Diesel was, like, the brand. The stores were the place to go. It wasn’t workwear like Levi’s or G-Star.

— Nicola Formichetti

I have been on dialysis in Istanbul, Milan, Indonesia, Manila, London. It’s – it’s amazing.

— Natalie Cole

I found my place when I moved to London, where I chose to live, making my own tribe who were all from different backgrounds and places. The class thing is very dominant there, but in the cultural cross-fertilization, I felt a sense of belonging.

— Neneh Cherry

There I was on the front page of the ‘London Times’ as speaker of the House with an animal on top of my head. I liked it, but it was not what my staff thought was appropriately dignified.

— Newt Gingrich

If you erased New York, I hate to say it, if you erased Frankfurt, even London, the world would not have changed.

— Nicolas Berggruen

I travel continuously, and I see many cities, but there is nowhere like London.

— Norman Foster

To play today in London, next week in Madrid and the week after that in Warsaw is a bit better than playing Newark and Baltimore and Philadelphia. I’ve been doing that for 20 years.

— Norman Granz

If you look at a map, you see that Hawaii is in the middle of nowhere. It’s 17 hours of straight flying from London. It’s very far away, and sometimes you feel as if you’re on another planet. But I like that. Also, that’s ideal for writing.

— Paul Theroux

There are a lot of very good New York novels, but there’s no single all-encompassing novel, the way you could look at any number of Dickens books and say we know London as a result of that.

— Pete Hamill

One of the very, very exciting things I have found here in L.A. is that no one talks to you about being Scottish. Whereas, if you are in London and you are trying to put films together and be a film-maker, there is a kind of unspoken sense that, if you are Scottish, you have something to overcome or else you cannot really do that project.

— Peter Capaldi

When I first came to London, I loved hanging around in cafes, smoking, scribbling, dreaming. It was life-affirming and fun.

— Peter Capaldi

The day Tarzan opened in London, I sat in a hotel room and discussed the project in detail.

— Phil Collins

In London there was an article about all these girls bending it like Beckham, and in India there’s this big wave of girls playing football. Wow! I can’t believe a movie’s done this!

— Parminder Nagra

I had a growing career as a model and an actress in London – I had starred opposite Michael Caine and Sidney Poitier in ‘The Wilby Conspiracy’ – but everyone told me to stay in Hollywood. This was the place, they said, and I could have a big career. What they failed to mention was that no one would quite know what to do with me.

— Persis Khambatta

His head was boiled, impaled upon a pole and raised above London Bridge. So ended the life of Thomas More, one of the few Londoners upon whom sainthood has been conferred and the first English layman to be beatified as a martyr.

— Peter Ackroyd

What I find really attractive is something that’s going to be a little dangerous. Something that might get me into trouble you know, you turn up in London and you’ve just rewritten Dickens. And, of course, then you think, ‘What have I done?’

— Peter Carey

In London, ‘Equus’ caused a sensation because it displayed cruelty to horses in New York, because it allegedly displayed cruelty to psychiatrists.

— Peter Shaffer

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

— Peter Shaffer

London clubland divides itself between the St James’s refuge for toffs, and the Conquest of Cool, for the arts and media.

— Peter York

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

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

I’ve always been an outsider. Even in London. If I returned to Scotland, I’d feel a complete foreigner.

— Peter Doig

I grew up in north Norfolk, which certainly used to have an enormous sense of community. There are more and more second homes there now, so I’m not sure how that has damaged it. But where I live in South London, there is a beautiful community it’s the friendliest place I have ever lived, which comes as a surprise to non-Londoners.

— Olivia Colman

I spent years commuting into London when I was working as a temp, and I hated the monotony of it.

— Olivia Colman

London is one of the most exciting cities in the world, with a melting pot of cultures and diversity.

— Orlando Bloom

For a kid in London, Hollywood seems like such a mythical place.

— Orlando Bloom

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

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

I’m particularly drawn to actors in their own little drama. I find it’s that area I’m very alive to. And I don’t encounter it that often. You have to be far from civilization, you have to be far from New York or London to find people who do that.

— Rachel Cusk

I read numerous books – loads in fact – and, as I always do when recording a historical project, immersed myself into the subject matter. I spent many hours at Henry’s old homes, such as Hampton Court, and visiting the Tower of London. I read no other books during that period.

— Rick Wakeman

I grew up in Essex, and all my life I wanted to live in London – now I do. I feel very privileged to be able to live here.

— Russell Tovey

I had a very peripatetic childhood, so I bounced around. Lived in Ethiopia until I was, like, three or four and then lived between Ireland and London.

— Ruth Negga

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

It is a lamentable observation that because of the way our laws are skewed toward the plaintiff, London has become the libel capital of the world.

— Richard Dawkins

By the time I was 13, I was the only one in London, Ontario, who knew how to play rock n’ roll.

— Robbie Robertson

My cousins gay, he went to London only to find out that Big Ben was a clock.

— Rodney Dangerfield

I live 50 miles from London and we’ve got some of the highest levels of teenage and childhood poverty in the country. It’s disgusting. Just because it’s a rural area, it gets forgotten.

— Roger Daltrey

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

— Roger Moore

Now if you look at the London ‘Times,’ you’ll find that with quite a number of the photographs, you touch them, and they turn into videos. I think newspapers come alive that way. We talk about ‘papers.’ We should cut out the word ‘paper,’ you know? It’s ‘news organizations.’

— Rupert Murdoch

Four months after we finished shooting, I’d been in New Orleans shooting another movie and my agent and I were having a bite to eat – actually in London – and he’s sitting there and goes, ‘Wow, I just can’t believe how ripped you are.’

— Ryan Reynolds

When I did musicals in London a number of years ago, I was in a workshop scenario for a year or more with ‘Bombay Dreams.’

— Raza Jaffrey

I decided to go to the London School of Economics to write my thesis for MIT, under James Meade, Nobelist with Bertil Ohlin in 1977.

— Robert Mundell

In my early days, I wrote my dissertation for MIT at the London School of Economics, really under James Meade, but my dissertation was five chapters on the theory of capital movement, but it didn’t mention money.

— Robert Mundell

I did a reality TV show in London called ‘I’d Do Anything,’ and when I got put in the program, they said, ‘What is your ultimate dream?’ and I said, ‘Broadway.’

— Rachel Tucker

When I come to London now it’s like being in L.A., because they know me like I’m at home.

— Raphael Saadiq

Don’t get me wrong – I love London, and still have an apartment there.

— Rebecca Loos

I’m quadracontinental. I’ve got a life in London, New York, L.A. and Hawaii.

— Rebecca Mader

There are about a dozen of these gardens, more or less extensive, according to the business or wealth of the proprietor but they are generally smaller than the smallest of our London nurseries.

— Robert Fortune

Frank Morley, who had worked in London at Faber and Faber, was the new head of Harcourt Brace, and he hired me to start in 1940. The early years at Harcourt were wonderful. Almost my first assignment was Virginia Woolf’s novel ‘Between the Acts.’

— Robert Giroux

My whole life as a grammar-school boy, getting to Cambridge University and working on the ‘London Sunday Times’ has been very aspirational.

— Robert Lacey

If I had to think where I could live if not Moscow, London would be my first choice and second would be New York.

— Roman Abramovich

In 2012 the best venue I played was Union Chapel in London. It’s a beautiful room, the sound is exceptional, and they treated us very well.

— Ron Pope

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

— Samuel Johnson

If you go into an underground train in London – probably anywhere, but chiefly in London – there’s that sense of almost entering a ghostly dimension. People are very still and quiet they don’t exchange many pleasantries.

— Seamus Heaney

I discovered that close to half the planet is ‘pristine.’ We live in towns such as London, Paris or Sao Paulo and have the impression that all the pristine areas are gone, but they are not.

— Sebastiao Salgado

Just as London is not one endless afternoon tea, L.A. isn’t all super-fit, health food-crazy freaks.

— Suki Waterhouse

L.A. has been a great place to dip into, but I’ll always come back to London.

— Suki Waterhouse

My parents are from Manchester but I was brought up in London, Camden Town.

— Sadie Frost

People drive everywhere in L.A., so you get very little human interaction… but N.Y. and Chicago are like London… L.A. lacks the social interaction.

— Seal

When I’m in London, I get a veggie-box sent up every week, with the latest pickings.

— Sheherazade Goldsmith

I’m from the Midlands. I lived in London for 50 years, but I’m not sure that I think of myself as a Londoner. I can see that we’re all metropolitan, whether we are Londoners or not.

— Stephen Frears

I hated Sundays when I was growing up in Streatham, south London. Everything closed down and stopped.

— Simon Callow

I love cities. New York, Montreal, London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Toronto, L.A… but, I do choose to live in Vancouver. It’s home.

— Stewart Butterfield

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

— Steven Berkoff

I’ll always be a Brit abroad, and I love London so much, but New York is my home.

— Simon Spurr

London was the Olympics that I was most nervous about. From coming into the venue and stepping on to the mat, people were supporting with ‘Saori’ banners and waving the Japanese flag, so even though it was London, I felt much more like fighting at home that way, which was really inspiring.

— Saori Yoshida

If I wrestle the way I can, I won’t lose. That’s the way I feel going to London.

— Saori Yoshida

During the six years I spent writing my novel ‘The Incarnations,’ I lived in seven cities in four countries. I moved in and out of 17 different houses and flats in Beijing, Seoul, Colorado, Boston, Leeds, Washington D.C., London and Shenzhen.

— Susan Barker

To me, the difference between New York and London is that things are boring and staid in London.

— Theo James

Honestly, for a big city, London is by far my favourite city on earth, and I’m not just saying that!

— Taylor Lautner

The anti-war politicians who have risen to power in Washington, London, Ottawa and Brussels have never had to explain why they were offering the persecuted people of Iraq nothing that was in any way more useful to them than the shoddy, outrageously ill-planned intervention that was on offer from Blair and Bush back in 2003.

— Terry Glavin

On my early trips to London and Paris, in 2009, I started to shift to more wide-brimmed felt hats similar to Borsalinos and Stetsons.

— Theophilus London

I can’t stand it when restaurants don’t have a sense of place in a city. When I’m in London, I want to know I’m in London. When you’re sitting in my joint, you know you’re sitting in Seattle.

— Tom Douglas

I have a driver in London because I am slightly dyslexic and cannot drive in the U.K. after all, the traffic runs the opposite way to that in the United States.

— Tom Ford

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

New York City has fantastic restaurants and, unlike London, a lot of the best restaurants are relatively cheap.

— Tibor Fischer

I fought for seven years to have creche facilities at the Okinawa Institute of Science of Technology – and was ultimately successful. Less successful have been efforts to get a creche at the new Crick Institute in London, but this is something I will continue to push for.

— Tim Hunt

When I’m in London, it feels like I am that character who is ‘Tom Odell.’

— Tom Odell

Peter Hall was just organizing the Royal Shakespeare Company. It was going to be an ensemble, it was going to be in repertory, it was going to have a home in London as well as in the Midlands, and all of those things were happening at that time.

— Trevor Nunn

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

The original Return of the Living Dead, I was attached to direct it, and I wrote the story. Production was delayed. In the meantime I went to London to do Lifeforce.

— Tobe Hooper

I love London. I love the U.K., but if I was going to live anywhere else on Earth, it would be Australia.

— Tom Parker Bowles

When I first started coming to New York in the early Nineties and seeing the vitality of the programme compared to what was going on back in London or Paris, it was just in a different league. It’s like a 16th-century court.

— Thomas P. Campbell

Well I grew up in England, and I was in the London police.

— Tony Greig

My favorite record shop was called Recommended Records, in South London near where I lived – they did all the original Faust reissues that came out in 1979, and they also did a lot of Sun Ra stuff. They were a great record shop.

— Tim Gane

Everyone in New York wants to move to London, and everyone in London wants to live in New York. A few people want to live in L.A., but I’ll never understand that. It’s too much for me.

— Will Poulter

Long commutes and traffic jams once associated with older, established cities such as London, New York or Tokyo are spreading throughout the world’s emerging economies.

— William Clay Ford, Jr.

When I come to London, I always like to see what’s playing at the NFT.

— Walter Salles

Where I live is about an hour and a half West of London. I live in the countryside… It’s a classic little village, and it’s idyllic in a lot of ways.

— William Moseley

I had skate wing in London. I had mine grilled with lemon and herbs, and it was the perfect seasoning for that fish.

— Venus Williams

On the whole, when I travel to different countries, I like to find the hidden places, so I tend to avoid the cities – but in terms of the ease of getting about, finding what you need, the excitement, that undercurrent of whatever you want it to be, it’s got to be London.

— Will Tudor

London, thou art the flower of cities all!

— William Dunbar

In London it’s easy not to be the focus of attention, especially when Sting lives in the house just behind you.

— Victoria Wood

I have prepared myself to be at my peak in London. But in the Olympics, there are so many factors. You need to stay alert all the time, and a lapse of concentration, even for a second, will let you down.

— Vijender Singh

I know my Beijing medal has been a watershed moment in the history of Indian boxing, but personally speaking, I would like to better it in London.

— Vijender Singh

I was thinking of going to London drama schools or to New York, because France didn’t accommodate the things I wanted to do in film.

— Vincent Cassel

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

— Virgil Thomson

There’s nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.

— Vivienne Westwood

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

I have been interested in fashion since I was a kid. Then I lived in London, where it was more about costume and a personal statement of who you are than about fashion.

— Zaha Hadid

I love driving around east London – it’s always full of surprises. Actually, I don’t drive myself – I like to be driven.

— Zaha Hadid

I love London, I love the British people.

— Yohan Blake

I had seen ‘Pillowman’ in London and loved it. Being part of something that I, as an audience member, would like to be part of was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had.

— Zeljko Ivanek
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