How does London perceive London?

During my years in London (I'm Irish-Canadian) Londoners took the place for granted. They probably all did the tour as students and the sites are familiar. They say familiarity breeds contempt. I don't think Londoners have contempt for their city but they don't ooohh and aaaww over the attractions like tourists do. It's typical. I have a friend who was born and raised in Rome and never set foot in the Coliseum.