7 wonderful quotes about London in the summertime

Nothing divides Londoners like a decent summer (north versus south, cyclists and Hackney aside). You’re either miserable, with your head in the freezer, or you’re wide-eyed and beaming. Here’s what this lot had to say about it.

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

“How sweet the morning air is! See how that one little cloud floats like a pink feather from some gigantic flamingo. Now the red rim of the sun pushes itself over the London cloud-bank. It shines on a good many folk, but on none, I dare bet, who are on a stranger errand than you and I. How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the presence of the great elemental forces of Nature!” 
Arthur Conan Doyle, from Sherlock Holmes

This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
William Wordsworth, Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

The truth is, that in London it is always a sickly season. Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be.
Jane Austin, Emma

I like it in the city when the air is so thick and opaque
I love to see everybody in short skirts, shorts and shades
I like it in the city when two worlds collide
You get the people and the government
Everybody taking different sides
Adele, Hometown Glory

I so love London, but I only love it in winter.  In summer, it’s nice enough, with its parks, but that’s not nearly as good as the winter with the fog, because, without the fog, London would not be a beautiful city. It’s this fog that gives it its breadth, its magnificent breadth. Its regular blocks, regular massive blocks become grandiose in this mysterious mantle.

“London was so rich, and also so green, and somehow so detailed: full of stuff that had been made, and bought, and placed, and groomed, and shaped, and washed clean, and put on display as if the whole city was for sale.” 
John Lanchester, Capital

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