The happiness of :London is not to be concceived but by those who have been in it. I will venture to say that there is more learning and science within the circumference of ten miles from where we now sit than in all the rest of the kingdom.
-- Samuel Johnson, 1769
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The articles in this ongoing series will celebrate the words and sounds of London. Examples of the sounds of Londoners from the famous "Cries of London" to witty prose, cutting satire and the works of some of the greatest poets in the English Language will all appear here.