London was his town, and it always would be

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

London is a modern Babylon    Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

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

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

Oh, I love London Society! It is entirely composed of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what Society should be    Oscar Wild

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

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

Go where we may, rest where we will / Eternal London haunts us still    Thomas Moore

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 forever abandon his faculties to the eating rust of obscurity?    Charlotte Bronte

London is a city that has reinvented itself upon the remains of the past    Leo Hollis

Paris is a woman but London is an independent man puffing his pipe in a pub    Jack Kerouac

London is the epitome of our times, and the Rome of to-day    Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is difficult to speak adequately or justly of London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy, or exempt from reproach. It is only magnificent    Henry James

Nothing is certainin London but expense    Willian Shenstone