79,880. At the beginning of the twentieth century London is the capital city of the most extensive empire the world has ever seen. On her dominions the sun never set. London – The Modern Babylon, BBC 2012, director Julien Temple
79,881. Siege of Sidney Street 1911: ‘The Great East-End Anarchist Battle: 700 Police and Military endeavouring to capture the Police Murderers’. ibid. Gaumont news caption
79,882. London, thou art the flower of cities all! William Dunbar
79,883. I go to London, my favourite city in the world, and I feel at home. Boris Becker
79,884. I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature. I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare. Ben Okri
79,885. London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained. Arthur Conan Doyle
70,282. The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world. (Dinner & London) Oscar Wilde
79,889. When the rains started a week after the outbreak of the fire allowing an early stock-taking the scale of the devastation horrified even the pessimists. 13,200 houses had been destroyed, along with some of the most famous buildings of the City. Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Revolutions
79,890. 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
When walking up and down
Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner
That I love London Town. Hubert Gregg
81,825. You’re Mr Sherlock Holmes, ain’t ya? I wouldn’t come down here if I was you. This is Limehouse and we don’t fancy your sort of bloke in these parts. (Murder & World War II & Detective & London) Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror 1942 starring Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce & Evelyn Ankers & Hendy Daniell & Thomas Gomez & Reginal Denny & Montagu Love, director John Rawlins [based His Last Bow]
94,652. A small revolution was taking place, so modest and well behaved that almost no one had noticed. Like a visitor to an abandoned film set, I stood by the entrance to Chelsea Marina and listened to the morning traffic in the King's Road, a reassuring medley of car stereos and ambulance sirens. Beyond the gatehouse were the streets of the deserted estate, an apocalyptic vision deprived of its soundtrack. Protest banners sagged from the balconies, and I counted a dozen overturned cars and at least two burnt-out houses. (Revolution & London) J G Ballard, Millennium People p1
94,656. But I was thinking of another time, a brief period when Chelsea Marina was a place of real promise, when a young paediatrician persuaded the residents to create a unique republic, a city without street signs, laws without penalties, events without significance, a sun without shadows. (Revolution & London) ibid. pp293-294
95,383. This is Tottenham: on the surface an unremarkable suburb in north London with a famous football team. But for the last thirty years this place has been rarely out of the news. (London & Gangstas) This is Tottenham, BBC 2015
95,384. More than 70% of people are from an ethnic minority. (London & Gangstas) ibid.
42,760. It’s the most famous shopping street in the world in the heart of Britain’s capital city. A mile and a half long with thirteen million visitors each year. With some of the world’s most famous shops, biggest stars and busiest stations. Oxford Street Revealed s1e1,
114,317. London is the most visited city in the world. ibid.
114,318. Rickshaws: £5 per minute per person. ibid.
114,319. Abuses by the rickshaws on Oxford Street have kept Andy busy tonight. ibid.
114,320. The Oxford Street team even has specialist officers called Super Recognisers who have memorised the faces of the Street’s most active thieves. Oxford Street Revealed s1e2
114,321. Over a third of Oxford Street shops are flagship stores. ibid.
114,322. One of over two thousand people injured annually when rushing on underground escalators. (London & Underground Trains) ibid.
114,323. Pride comes to Oxford Street but the crowds of spectators threaten to overwhelm it. Oxford Street Revealed s1e3
114,357. The two women aren’t Muslims at all; they are South Americans using Islamic dress to help them steal. ibid.
114,358. Police deal with teenage shoplifters. Oxford Street Revealed s1e4
114,359. On a corner in Oxford Street is the London College of Fashion. ibid.
114,360. Oxford Street is a competitive place to be if you are a department store. There are four flagships lining the street. Oxford Street Revealed s1e5
114,361. At the eastern end of the street is the temple of the Hare Krishna movement. ibid.
114,402. Oxford Street has its own dedicated law enforcement team. Oxford Street Revealed s1e6
114,403. Five million visiting the West End every week. ibid.
114,404. One of three Arsenal-supporting Norwegian friends who have come to London for the FA Cup final. Oxford Street Revealed s1e8
114,405. You don’t have to be qualified to be a tour guide but it helps. ibid.
114,416. Two lads think a souvenir shop on the Street has massively overcharged them … Three e-cigarettes … £420. Oxford Street Revealed s1e9
114,417. There are nine dedicated sportswear shops on Oxford Street. ibid.
114,418. Over 12% of shops’ annual sales are made in the festive period. (London & Shop & Christmas) Oxford Street Revealed s1e10
42,742. Rickshaw drivers – these unregulated cycle-taxis converge on Oxford Street to pick up tourists … They are also accused of overcharging customers. Oxford Street Revealed s2e1, BBC 2015
74,995. Skimming devices on cash machines … ATM skimming is on the rise in the UK. (London & Fraud & Banks) Oxford Street Revealed s2e2
97,813. Distraction thieves on Oxford Street – police track them down. (London & Theft) Oxford Street Revealed s2e3
97,821. Shoplifters on Oxford Street – they’re trickier than ever. (London & Shop) Oxford Street Revealed s2e4
76,557. Vast swathes of the east end of the Street are now a building site as developers plunge billions into a new plaza that will dominate the area. Oxford Street Revealed s2e5
41,015. Rough sleepers at Marble Arch – police take action. Oxford Street Revealed s2e6
33,001. Oxford Street gridlock – protesting cabbies take their grievances to the streets. (London & Protest) Oxford Street Revealed s2e7
77,685. Squatters take over a building in protest at an Oxford Street development … The squatters aren’t going quietly. Oxford Street Revealed s2e8
97,830. Table-surfing: this is when thieves target bars and restaurants and attempt to distract their customers. Oxford Street Revealed s2e9
97,833. The secret world of bicycle couriers … Nine cycle couriers are known to have died on the roads in the last thirty years. (London & Cycling) Oxford Street Revealed s2e10
113,046. Rogue rickshaw drivers on Oxford Street - the police set out to crush the problem. Oxford Street Revealed s3e1
113,047. ‘They’re unlicensed, they’re unregulated and they are uncontrolled.’ ibid. Andy the rozzer
113,048. The narrow confines and millions of shoppers passing by add to the complexities faced by construction companies. ibid.
113,049. A Tube strike brings chaos to Oxford Street. Oxford Street Revealed s3e2
113,050. Welcome ambassadors: they act as walking information points for visitors. ibid.
113,051. There are four giant department stores on Oxford Street. ibid.
113,123. The police are on the hunt for high-value shoplifters … After losing his job there they believe he returns to the store at night and helps himself to high value goods in the store-room. Oxford Street Revealed s3e3
113,124. Oxford Circle: It’s Britain’s busiest railway station … hundreds queue at the four entrances to wait for the doors to reopen. ibid.
113,125. At Oxford Street’s brand new toy shop staff are preparing for the gala opening in five days’ time. ibid.