Top 10 quotes about London and what they really mean

Much has been said about the great city of London by both those who have lived there and others who have simply visited. Contemplate what some of these most famous quotes really mean as you enjoy your stay at one of central London’s serviced apartments. It’s amazing how such a place can be summed up so eloquently.

  1. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford – Samuel Johnson

Probably the most famous quote about London and one that is incredibly apt. There is always so much to do in the capital that it’s almost impossible to get bored. Don’t believe us? Check out this guide to what’s on this month.

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  1. The man who can dominate a London dinner table can dominate the world – Oscar Wilde

This is something that business travellers should remember when visiting London. It is a city that brings together people from all walks of life, cultures and great minds. Knowing how to conduct yourself in London is a skill that can be transferred to anywhere in the world.

  1. Nothing is certain in London but expense – William Shenstone

Unfortunately, this quote from William Shenstone is all too true. Just buying a glass of wine in London is a huge expense and don’t even talk about the property market. Luckily, people from out of town can stay in a central London serviced apartment without having to think about a mortgage.

  1. The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane – Stephen Fry

All these contradictions make for a very interesting place and exploring everything from the common to the royal will show off London in all its glory.

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  1. London is a roost for every bird – Benjamin Disraeli

People come to London looking for all sorts of things, whether they are travelling for business, leisure or to see friends and family, but the city provides what is needed for each and every person. It could be to blend into the crowd or to offer metropolitan opportunities they can’t get elsewhere.

  1. London is a bad habit one hates to lose – Anonymous

If you come to London regularly for work, you may have something of a love-hate relationship with the city. Despite such emotions, you know you’d miss it if you were permanently out in the sticks all the time.

  1. London is a splendid place to live in for those who can get out of it – George John Gordon Bruce, 7th Lord Balfour of Burleigh

Staying in a serviced apartment in London offers the perfect combination of living outside of the city, but having access to all the wonderful events that happen in the capital. From theatre and exhibitions to cuisine from all over the world, London has a heady mix of all things cultural.

  1. London is a labyrinth, full of turnings and twistings just like a brain – James Geary

One of the best ways to spend a spare afternoon in London is to take some time to get lost. Meandering through its labyrinthine streets all manner of interesting sites present themselves. It’s all part of the history and evolution of a city that was created without a plan.

  1. They came to here from everywhere

‘Tis they that made the city strong – Benjamin Zephaniah

This section from the 1998 poem, The London Breed, really conveys the mood of the city and all its multicultural elements. It also brings to mind the many tourists who flock to London to see its famous sites every year.

  1. A bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else – Anonymous

We couldn’t have put it any better ourselves!

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