In the streets of London, UK, 2010:

British Detectives Club

Crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure. I think the full tide of human existence is at Charing-Cross. I would sell London, if I could find a suitable purchaser. Richard I (1157–1199), British monarch, 1189? Comment while raising money for the third Crusade. London was a city not to be visited, but to be captured. London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers of the Empire are irresistibly drained. Paris practices its sins as lightly as it does its religion, while London practices both very seriously. When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. The streets of London are paved with gold.