London as inspiration - Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson is probably the most quoted Londoner:
"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."
"The happiness of London is not to be conceived but by those who have been in it"
"Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."
"A country gentleman should bring his lady to visit London as soon as he can, that they may have agreeable topicks for conversation when they are by themselves."
"By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can shew."
You can visit Dr. Johnson's house where he wrote most of his famous dictionary.