Pundon Calling

PundonI think that it must be a bloke thing for every time I point out a great pun Mrs. CabbieBlog just gives me a withering look as if to say ‘will he ever grow up’. To see a really clever pun whilst driving around London can make my day.

Wok-u-Like for takeaway Chinese; Jack the Stripper, if you haven’t guessed he strips doors for a living; or one of many fish and chips shop puns – Prawnbroker.

Some would have been a great idea at the time, I imagine concrete supplier Jim’ll Mix It now wishes they hadn’t been so clever, or driving around in a pink van with U-benders advertising your ability to unblock drains is a bit close to the knuckle. clip_image001clip_image003 So here is a selection of my favourite London puns, If you have seen some pun fun send them to The Punning Man, or if they are worthy of Pundoners send them to CabbieBlog. sellfridges Sellfridges – Northwold Road Stoke Newington is my all time favourite. It works in so many ways. His business is emblazoned over the shop, he is getting free publicity on television with the series Mr. Selfridge and if a big cheese from Oxford Street happened to come by they would make themselves look silly by taking him to court. clip_image007 The Codfather – Dock Street. I photographed this through the cab window before the chippy went to the fryer in the sky; alas Brando will not be behind the counter with an offer you can’t refuse. Now another anonymous block of ‘executive apartments’. I believe this could be the first Codfather, there are now many similar, what I like that the sign was a spoof on the original poster for the film. clip_image009 Highly Sprung – Battersea Park Road. I must have passed this a hundred times but it took Tanksalot to draw my attention to this emporium of bedding for middle class neurotics. clip_image011 Planet of the Grapes – Queen Victoria Street. This nod to a bygone film has been around since man first roamed the planet, or is that after he left. clip_image012 Thaitanic – Crouch End Hill. Now it either seemed like a good idea at the time, or their history was a little rusty. Whatever the reason this restaurant has now sunk without trace. clip_image014 Dolce & Banana – Munster Road. This really could only work in Fulham. Selling, and I quote, ‘sweet bananas dipped in fine Belgium chocolate, sprinkled with a variety of sweet and salty toppings’ under a pun like that in East London, the locals would think you had gone, well bananas. clip_image016 Bits & PCs – Westbourne Grove. Clever one this, is it bits and pieces or are they politically correct located as it is a stone’s throw from the luvvies in Notting Hill. clip_image018 Fishcotheque – Waterloo Road. I’ve eaten here a few times and to my recollection ABBA have never appeared dancing between the tables. clip_image020 Get Stuffed – Essex Road. I think this is just a shop front for it is never open should you have an overwhelming desire to stuff your house with dead animals. Photo from London Shop Fronts (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) clip_image022 The Saucy Place – Roman Road. This is another example of a fish that is dead in the water. They don’t seem to have puns with chippy names out East. Photo from London Shop Fronts (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) clip_image024 Go Sing – Lewisham Way. Do you have to Singh for your supper here or do you sing your hook. Either way I think it’s a gonner. Photo from London Shop Fronts (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) clip_image026 Junk & Disorderly – Old Jamaica Road. The whole road was later junked for a massive new apartment quarter, Bermondsey Spa; mind you it probably got some business before the demolition of its neighbours. Photo from Shopfrontelegy. clip_image028 R. Soles – King’s Road. This one is clearly aimed at its young clients. There are probably half-a-dozen girls outside now giggling. clip_image030 That’s Shoe Business – Leather Lane. This works in so many ways. It implies that they are as professional as actors with as much panache and its location couldn’t be bettered – Leather Lane, unless, that is, they sell plastic shoes. clip_image032 Nincomsoup – Old Street Station. It does what it says on the tin, sell soup to nins or nincompoops. clip_image034 Victoria Bark – Grove Road. This proves that someone from East London understands a good pun. You’re located near Victoria Park and cater for dogs; you would have to be barking mad to miss using the pun.

Beddy Buys

Beddy Buyz – East Street. Situated at near the Elephant & Castle, if things couldn’t get any worst with a pink shopping centre along came Beddy Buyz. It might look like a closed-down ruin, but it’s still going strong. Note tiny ‘snores’ emerging from the Z. Photo from Shopfrontelegy.

Butty Boys

Buttyboys – Elm Street. This sandwich shop in Clerkenwell is opposite the Serious Fraud Office, need I say any more? Or is it Nightmare on Elm Street?

Cyclopaedia Cyclopedia – You can tell the Lycra Brigade are better educated than most with the name above this shop in Fulham. But a diphthong æ should really have been used chaps!

Deb-n-FairDeb-N-Hair – Upton Lane Forest Gate. Debby must be doing well with hair upmarket scissor shop in East London it now has a new shop front. I looked up the definition of debonair: Having a cheerful, lively and self-confident hair. That sounds about right.

Frame, set and match

Frame, Set & Match – Covent Garden. Not in Wimbledon this time but in the West End. I’m surprised they have the balls to give themselves such a name.

Rock & Sole Place

The Rock & Sole Plaice – Endell Street. This tourist trap near Covent Gardens is always packed with diners enjoying ‘authentic’ fish and chips. How many understand the fishy shop name I wonder.

Sam Widges Sam Widges – King’s Cross. Is this to mean Sam’s wedges or are his BLT’s more delicate?

Via-Agra Via-Agra – Clerkenwell. Forget Sam’s Widges these sandwiches will keep you energised throughout the day.

Past Caring Past Caring – Islington. When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, as they say. This lot clearly have given up. Photo: Home Girl London.

Frockney Rebel

Frockney Rebel – Cambridge Heath Road. As Steve Harvey says this shop which sold vintage clothing would ‘Make me smile’. Alas it has closed and the graffiti on its flank wall by Stik painted over.


Cissors Palace – Barbican. This one has been pointed out to me by Jon. Photo: hairplaces.