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5 Things to learn from inspiring quotes about London

There is a certain magic about London, whether you're visiting it for the first time, relocating or going back to familiar haunts. We take a look at some of our favourite inspirational quotes about the capital and how these evoke its best bits.

The magic of London has captured the imagination of people across the globe for millennia. So, it’s not surprising that there are so many amazing quotes that celebrate the wonders of the capital.  

For people looking to visit or relocate to London, these quotes reveal some truths about the city that are worth knowing.

We’re going to share our favourite inspirational quotes about London and reveal what they teach us about the amazing city. 

Lesson 1: Anyone can feel at home in London

“In London, everyone is different, and that means anyone can fit in.”

– Paddington Bear

“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

“London is a roost for every bird.”

- Benjamin Disraeli

Lesson takeaway: 

London is a diverse and culturally rich city where different people and cultures come together, clash and combine in exhilarating ways. It’s a safe and welcoming place for anyone from anywhere in the world. 

No matter where you’re from or what your background is, you’ll find somewhere in London that makes you feel as if you’ve found a home away from home.

Lesson 2: London is a truly unique city 

“The vibe of London as a city is captivating. It’s both fast-paced and extremely rushed but still has the calmness that would attract any big-city person.”

- Ali Fazal

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

– Norman Foster

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

-Samuel Johnson

"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; " 

- Samuel Johnson 

 “I have often amused myself with thinking how different a place London is to different people.”

-James Boswell

Lesson takeaway: 

London is not, and never will be, boring. You’ll always find things to do in London, whether that’s wandering through its colourful and distinct neighbourhoods, roaming its lush green parks or enjoying its world famous tourist attractions. 

Both tourists and people relocating are guaranteed to find something captivating and enchanting in the city of London - just as millions of people have done before them.

Birds landing on wall at side of the Thames in London
London welcomes everyone

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Lesson 3: London makes you stronger

“It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them. The walls of London may be battered, but the spirit of the Londoner stands resolute and undismayed.” -George VI

“The man who can dominate a London dinner table can dominate the world.” 

-Oscar Wilde

“London, London, London town. You can toughen up or get thrown around.”

-Kano

“You are now

 In London, that great sea, whose ebb and flow 

At once is deaf and loud, and on the shore 

Vomits its wrecks, and still howls on for more 

Yet in its depth what treasures!”

–Percy Bysshe Shelley

Lesson takeaway: 

London can be a tough place to crack. It’s busy, fast and full of people. But when you finally do crack it, wow - what a treasure trove London is. 

Anyone who’s ever lived in, or visited the city of London will leave a more resilient, strong and spirited person for having taken the time to understand and appreciate all that London has to offer - even it’s more difficult sides. 

Lesson 4: London stimulates your imagination

“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

“To walk alone in London is the greatest rest.” 

-Virginia Woolf.

“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, doors and passages. Mayfair to Piccadilly to Soho to the Strand.”

 – Anna Quindlen

Lesson takeaway: 

London is inspirational. It’s no accident that London is the setting for countless books, films and TV series. It’s been capturing the imagination of storytellers since before anyone who’s currently on Planet Earth was born - and it will continue to do so long after we’re gone.

Packed with charm, excitement and passion - London is somewhere that will help you get in touch with your inner creativity.

Suited man with umbrella walking past pub in London
Exploring London is an ever-changing adventure

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Lesson 5: London is a city of romance

“The best bribe which London offers to-day to the imagination is, that, in such a vast variety of people and conditions, one can believe there is room for persons of romantic character to exist, and that the poet, the mystic, and the hero may hope to confront their counterparts.”

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea.” 

– John Osborne

“I think London’s sexy because it’s so full of eccentrics.” 

-Rachel Weisz

Lesson takeaway: 

Paris, Rome, New York; while these cities can compete with London when it comes to romance, they certainly cannot beat it.

And these inspirational, famous quotes about London prove it! Love is in London’s DNA and there’s more to it than a Richard Curtis film. It is a place that makes your heart grow fonder and beat faster, and it’s pretty hard to ignore as these quotes reveal.

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- William Shenstone

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