The old architecture, and some of the new is impressive, but its what happens at street level that makes a city a city.
I guess I don't like to live in a city that is effectively ruled by corrupt ministers/speakers (look at the Labor scandal), police who wont be seen on the streets unless its to come out in riot gear to bash a newspaper man (Tomlinson), and aggressive charity workers.
Remember now, its just one man's opinion.
In case no one has told you, England is not a great empire, and its the centre of nothing. In 2005, the last great myth of England, the "great British shopkeeper", was exploded. As people realized the city was under attack that July, and walked home, stoically determined not to have their lives ruined, the great English shopkeepers put up the food and drink prices to cash in on the terror attacks and the streams of Londoners as they all walked home.
What you have to come to terms with is yourself, not me. England of 2009 is a small island who's natives cant wait to leave while it is being occupied by the third world. If you dont like it, fix it, dont try to blame us here for pointing that out.
An example post from City Data forums
"Places to avoid in London?"
PS Nick Taylor can look after himself. He is intent on scoring his schoolboy victories and proclaiming that only he is allowed to travel. He simply needs to learn his manners or realize that the world consists of more than English chav expats like him who go around proclaiming "EVERYTHOINGS SO CHOIP! ITS THE POUND YOU SEE?"