A long time ago, a proud British and Londoner told me that London was the centre of the universe. Not coming from Britain or London, for this matter, I could not quite understand what he meant at the time.
Then I experienced London, having worked nearby. I never lived there, but I often visited the Old Smoke, as they call it.
Don't get me wrong, I still don't feel that London is the centre of it all, but it has something. A little pride that you carry as you walk through its streets surrounded by red bricks.