London: Tales of a City

In a series commissioned by the NS, artists, authors and public figures reflect on their relationship with the capital.

Children peer over the railings by the banks of the Thames with Tower Bridge in the background. Credit: Getty Images

Inside the 2012 summer edition of the New Statesman, a special double issue on London, figures from the worlds of pop culture, academia, media and politics offered a "tale" of what the city means to them (and in one case, why they hate it).

Here are the collected capsule essays, from an eclectic mix of the capital's long-term, former and born-and-bred residents.