I 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. 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 – 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Fishcotheque – Waterloo Road. I’ve eaten here a few times and to my recollection ABBA have never appeared dancing between the tables. 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) 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) 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) 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. R. Soles – King’s Road. This one is clearly aimed at its young clients. There are probably half-a-dozen girls outside now giggling. 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. Nincomsoup – Old Street Station. It does what it says on the tin, sell soup to nins or nincompoops. 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 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.
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?
Deb-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 & 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.
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.
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 – 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.