Visiting London is something everyone needs to do at least once in their lifetime.

It’s got world-class theatre, stunning architecture, and obviously some of the best tea and scones around.

It’s truly a city with surprises around every corner!

Below, you’ll find all the most famous London quotes, plus a bunch of caption ideas for all the photos you’ll be wanting to post when you visit!

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“From London with love.”

“Falling hard for London.”

“London, baby!”

Joey, Friends

“A bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else.”

“Winning London”

“I have class and you don’t.”

The Parent Trap
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“When in doubt, follow your heart to London.”

“Relationship status: crushing on Big Ben.”

“You know I love a London boy.”

“London: I am in love.”

“Nothing is certain in London but expense.”

William Shenstone


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“How can you ever be late for anything in London? They have a huge clock right in the middle of the town.”

Jimmy Kimmel

“There’s no time to be bored in London.”

“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a ticket to London.”

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

“London is calling, so I must go.”

“Live. Love. London”

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 “Up in the clouds, on my way to London.”

“Finding Mary Poppins in London town.”

“Serving looks from London.”

Let’s cross that London Bridge when we come to it.”

“London calling!”

London Eye Quotes for Instagram

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“Eye came, Eye saw, Eye conquered.”

“Getting a bird’s eye view from the London Eye.”

“Visit the city of London, and find yourself at the top of the world.”

“The best thing about the London Eye is the journey. It’s not like the Eiffel tower, where you get in a dark lift and come out on to a platform at the top. The trip round is as important as the view.”

Julia Barfield

“Love, it is another London Eye. It keeps rotating your emotions and feelings. Maybe our heart is the axis of that rotation.”

Eye spy.

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“How to relish our lives’ ups and downs is something that the London Eye can teach every soul.”

“Our life is very similar to the London Eye; we need to overcome our fears for enjoying the mesmerizing view.”

Oh, Eye see you.

“She’s got a ticket to ride.”

The Beatles, “Ticket To Ride”

“Yes, every second of yours have the same capacity. One minute you are at the bottom; in the next, you touch the heights of the sky. Stay in your seat and enjoy your ride up to the top.”

“I’m all about the beautiful views.”

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“If you need me, find me near to the sky, at the highest seat of the London Eye.”

“I love you to the top of the London Eye and back.”

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“Visiting Buckingham Palace but I’m having a bad heir day!”

“Becoming a royal at Buckingham Palace.”

“Looking for the Queen in London Town.”

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“Yes, I’m a queen. Thanks for asking.”

“Living like the royals.”

“Wear your crown and go to London.”

“What’s up, MTV. Welcome to my palace.”

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“Mind the gap.”

“London created the Underground, and the Underground created London.”

John Lanchester

“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

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“The Thames is no ordinary waterway, it is the golden thread of our nation’s history.”

Winston Churchill

“Having the Thames of my life.”

“The Thames is liquid history.”

John Burns

“I have admired the romantic elegance of the Place de la Concorde in Paris, have felt the mystic message from a thousand glittering windows at sunset in New York, but to me the view of the London Thames from our hotel window transcends them all for utilitarian grandeur – something deeply human.”

Charlie Chaplin

“Twenty bridges from Tower to Kew – Wanted to know what the River knew, Twenty Bridges or twenty-two, For they were young, and the Thames was old. And this is the tale that River told”

Rudyard Kipling

Afternoon Tea Quotes

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“Never met a scone I didn’t like.”

“Here’s the hot tea from London.”

“Can you pass the tea and scones, please?”

“I’m taking life one scone at a time.”

“Tea’s proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot exercise, and will not use abstinence.”

Samuel Johnson

“The British never seem to do anything until they’ve had a cup of tea, by which time it’s too late.”

Lauren Bacall, North West Frontier
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 “Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always tea time.” 

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“Tea is the elixir of life.”

Eisai, Kissa Yojoki

“Life is like a cup of tea. It’s all in how you make it.”

“Tea is always a good idea.”

“Ecstasy is a glass full of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth.”

Alexander Pushkin

“You’ll never find a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

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

John Osborne

Quotes About London Weather

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“Everything in London is quite good, apart from the weather: it’s cold and rainy there, and the winter is long.”

Sayed Kashua

“Take a perfect day, add six hours of rain and fog, and you have instant London.”

“The English mist is always at work like a subtle painter, and London is a vast canvas prepared for the mist to work on.”

Arthur Symons

“I’m leaving because the weather is too good. I hate London when it’s not raining.”

Groucho Marx
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“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

Lyrics About London

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

Kano, London Town

“You might laugh you might frown / Walkin’ round London town / Sun is in the sky oh why oh why? / Would I wanna be anywhere else.”

Lily Allen, LDN

“I like it in the city when two worlds collide / You get the people and the government / Everybody taking different sides”

Adele, Hometown Glory

“Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner / That I love London so / Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner / That I think of her wherever I go / I get a funny feeling inside of me / Just walking up and down / Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner / That I love London town.”

Hubert Gregg, Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner

“East London is a vampire / It sucks the joy right out of me”

Bloc Party, Song For Clay
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“I was waiting for a cross-town train in the London underground when it struck me / That I’ve been waiting since birth to find a love that would look and sound like a movie”

The Postal Service, Clark Gable

Famous London Quotes From Book

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“The appearance presented by the streets of London an hour before sunrise, on a summer’s morning, is most striking even to the few whose unfortunate pursuits of pleasure, or scarcely less unfortunate pursuits of business, cause them to be well acquainted with the scene. There is an air of cold, solitary desolation about the noiseless streets which we are accustomed to see thronged at other times by a busy, eager crowd, and over the quiet, closely-shut buildings, which throughout the day are swarming with life and bustle, that is very impressive.”

Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz

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

Paddington Bear

“It is my belief, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.”

Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes

“I long to go through the crowded streets of your mighty London, to be in the midst of the whirl and rush of humanity, to share its life, its change, its death, and all that makes it what it is.”

Bram Stoker, Dracula

“Scars can come in useful. I have one myself above my left knee which is a perfect map of the London underground.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“The City seems so much more in earnest: its business, its rush, its roar are such serious things, sights and sounds. The City is getting its living – the West-End but enjoying its pleasure.”

Charlotte Bronte, Villette
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“London is a friend whom I can leave knowing without doubt that she will be the same to me when I return, to-morrow or forty years hence, and that, if I do not return, she will sing the same song to inheritors of my happy lot in future generations.”

Stella Benson, This Is The End

“And marbled clouds go scudding by. The many-steepled London sky.”

John Betjeman, Christmas

“A mighty mass of brick, and smoke, and shipping, / Dirty and dusty, but as wide as eye / Could reach, with here and there a sail just skipping / In sight, then lost amidst the forestry / Of masts; a wilderness of steeples peeping / On tiptoe through their sea-coal canopy; / A huge, dun cupola, like a foolscap crown / On a fool’s head – and there is London Town.”

Lord Byron, Don Juan

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“I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me.”

Charlotte Bronte

“London is a cluster of communities, great and small, famous and unsung; a city of contrasts, a congregation of diversity.”

Roy Porter

“One of the things I most liked about the city – apart from all its obvious attractions – the theatre, the galleries, the exhilarating walks by the river – was that so few people ever asked you personal questions.”

Julia Gregson

“The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane.”

Stephen Fry

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

Rachel Weisz

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

Peter Shaffer

“As to London we must console ourselves with the thought that if life outside is less poetic than it was in the days of old, inwardly its poetry is much deeper.”

Goldwin Smith
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“One thing about London is that when you step out into the night, it swallows you.”

Sebastian Faulks

“London’s greatest strength is our diversity, and it’s wonderful to see Londoners celebrating our capital’s different traditions, determined to stand up to division.”

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London)

“I like the spirit of this great London which I feel around me.”

Charlotte Bronte

“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

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

Vivienne Westwood
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“London is a world by itself. We daily discover in it more new countries, and surprising singularities, than in all the universe besides.”

Thomas Brown

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

Jaime Winstone

“Aesthetically, London is just beautiful; it’s a gorgeous city. The architecture, monuments, the parks, the small streets – it’s an incredible place to be.”

Sara Bareilles

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

James Boswell

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

Samuel Johnson

“London has now become almost like a gigantic frog! With its long tongue it draws curious insects from all over the world inside itself!”

Mehmet Murat Ildan
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“The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.”

Oscar Wilde

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

Samuel Johnson

“The parks be the lungs of London.”

Charles Dickens

“London is a bad habit one hates to lose.”

William Sansom

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

David Bailey

“The streets of London have their map, but our passions are uncharted. What are you going to meet if you turn this corner?”

Virginia Woolf
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“London always reminds me of a brain. It is similarly convoluted and circuitous. A lot of cities, especially American ones like New York and Chicago, are laid out in straight lines. Like the circuits on computer chips, there are a lot of right angles in cities like this. But London is a glorious mess.”

James Geary

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

Norman Foster

“The interesting thing about London is that there are always stylish surprises around every corner.”

Natalie Massenet

“Stopping abruptly in central London is a heinous crime, and immediately gives the people around you permission to kick you.”

Beth O’Leary

“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

I came to London. It had become the center of my world and I had worked hard to come to it. And I was lost.”

V. S. Naipaul
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“London, with its monotonous and melancholy houses, seems like an inharmonious patchwork, as if pieced together without design. Yet it is lovable in its sprawling confusion.”

Joseph Fort Newton

“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.”

Paul Theroux

“I’ve been walking about London for the last 30 years, and I find something fresh in it every day.”

Walter Besant

“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

“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

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

Virginia Woolf
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“There are two places in the world where men can most effectively disappear – the city of London and the South Seas.”

Herman Melville

“You will recognise, my boy, the first sign of old age: it is when you go out into the streets of London and realise for the first time how young the policemen look.”

Sir Seymour Hicks

“London, with its monotonous and melancholy houses, seems like an inharmonious patchwork, as if pieced together without design. Yet it is lovable in its sprawling confusion.”

Joseph Fort Newton

“In many ways, London is like a great big pinata, and everyone who lives here is like an excited, blindfolded child with a heart full of hope and a big flailing stick. Aim that stick right and London will split at the seams like a ruptured spleen, showering you with the most extraordinary places to visit, places like you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Get it wrong and the chances are you’ll lose your footing and end up in a frustrated, eyeless heap.”

Paul Carr

“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.”

King George VI

“I walk to Oxford Street and climb on the number 8. It’s freezing and it starts to rain and it’s the ugliest bus I’ve ever seen, rattling down the ugliest streets, in the ugliest city, in the ugliest country, in the ugliest of all possible worlds.”

David Thewlis
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“London is a modern Babylon.”

Benjamin Disraeli 

“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

“Fragmentarily the City is nothing, but collectively it is gigantic…”

Charlotte Riddell

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

Oscar Wilde

“London is a roost for every bird.”

Benjamin Disraeli

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“Sir, if you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city, you must not be satisfied with seeing its great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts. It is not in the showy evolutions of buildings, but in the multiplicity of human habitations which are crowded together, that the wonderful immensity of London consists.”

Samuel Johnson

“I don’t know what London’s coming to – the higher the buildings, the lower the morals.”

Noel Coward

“Yes, London. You know, fish, chips, cup o tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary-fucking-Poppins. London!”

Dennis Farina

“The truth is, that in London it is always a sickly season. Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be.”

Jane Austen

“This melancholy London – I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air.”

William Butler Yeats
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“London is like a cold dark dream sometimes.”

Jean Rhys

“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

“There’s a hole in the world like a great black pit and the vermin of the world inhabit it and it’s filled with people who are filled with shit and it goes by the name of London.”

Stephen Sondheim

Final Thoughts

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London is easily one of my favorite cities in Europe.

I hope these quotes about London inspire you to put this city at the top of your travel bucket list. It really is a city that everyone falls in love with once they go.

If you found this post, while looking for the perfect London Instagram caption, I hope you found one you love. Please tag me in your photos. I love seeing my reader’s adventures!

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite London quote or Instagram caption is!


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