London has been described as not just a ‘place’, a location where people pass through; it is a ‘being’ that acts independently (Reed, 2002). It has its own life to it that is separate from its residents, and visitors and residents alike hold a great passion for the city. Many residents take up professional touring as their jobs simply because they are so enthusiastic about the city; many dub themselves “lovers of London”. Many residents think of London as being what animates them, and they see the city as it used to be, before all of the buildings and automobiles took over. People view the city as a set to a story, where “actors of past events had only just left the scene” (Reed, 2002). There are small clues throughout the city that people look for to gain memories and stories of the events that happened in the past. Though visitors to London are somewhat unable to see the historic significance of most things, London enthusiasts are intrigued by the “hidden biography” (Reed, 2002). A large part of what represents the city is its literature; reading novels is apparently one of the best ways to bring the city to life. The writings of people like Charles Dickens connect people to the city the way it was in the past; they seem like almost a memory.

The personality in London is said to end in the suburbs, which are just places of “meaningless sprawl” (Reeds, 2002). They contain no history; and are a reminder of a dreary present, and many people live here, so there is a strong desire for engagement in the city, overriding practical concerns of comfort and security. This relates to the day-to-day dreariness that many men involved with soccer firms face.

London Skyline
London Suburbs
London is an attraction for many celebrities; Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnny Depp, and Kevin Spacey all own housing in Chelsea, Kensington, and Hampstead.

Wellington Square in Chelsea
University of Cambridge
However, there have been countless other London personalities that have shaped London with their writings, etc. For example, Isaac Newton was a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, published the Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, was a Member of Parliament for the University of Cambridge, a Warden of the Royal Mint (and elected President every year) and was knighted in Cambridge by Queen Ann.
Charles Darwin is another important London personality, formulating the theory of evolution. He is buried in Westminster Abbey. William Shakespeare wrote dozens of plays and great literary works that help look into London’s past. Blackfriars Theater and the Globe Theater are where many of his plays were performed. Charles Dickens is another very influential author from London. His novels continue to be popular amongst London residents today, with stories like A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities airing on the radio and television regularly every year (and in many other parts of the world). Dickens was also a great philanthropist; among other things, he set up and managed a sort of women’s shelter for 10 years. He spent his later years in Tavistock Square, and was buried in Westminster Abbey. Some places to visit that are associated with Charles Dickens and his writing are the Marshalsea prison, where his father was incarcerated (the last remaining wall of it stands across from the Borough Tube Station), The George Pub (featured in Dickens’ writings), and the Southwark Cathedral.
Sir Winston Churchill, Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkein, Princess Diana, David Beckham, David Bowie, Guy Fawkes, and John Lennon are just a few other notable people who are associated with London.
Charles Dickens
Isaac Newton
John Lennon
Marshalsea Prison Wall
Replica of the Globe Theatre
Southwark Cathedral
Dickens' spot in the Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey
Reed, Adam (2002). City of Details: Interpreting the Personality of London. Journal of the Royal Anthropogenical Institute, Vol. 8, p.127-141