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Funniest Metro Station Names in London, England

April 14, 2014 2:29 pm    |    by Jonny Blair

Years ago me and my mates used to do pub crawls in London. It’s a great spot for it. Basically London has pubs on every corner. We worked our way through all the cool pubs crawls over the years:

– the Monopoly Pub Crawl (pint in a bar on every Monopoly Street)
– the London Football Grounds Pub Crawl (pint by every London football stadium)
– the Circle Line Pub Crawl (start at Embankment and do a full circle, stopping at each station for a pint).

On the football grounds pub crawl in London, England.

On the football grounds pub crawl in London, England.

What always amuses me are the wacky place names in London. I picked out these five tube stations to begin with:

1. COCKfosters
Whoever made this one up obviously had no idea what the word “cock” would mean in days to come. It’s probably meant to mean “chicken” or “hen” of course but we all know most Brits use the word cock for willy now, as well as a swear word for an idiot.

Hilarious Tube Names in London - Cockfosters

Hilarious Tube Names in London – Cockfosters

2. Mudchute
The sound of this place, Mudchute makes you think “who the hell would live there?” well they do! Mudchute is on the DLR.

Mudchute on the DLR!

Mudchute on the DLR!

3. Shepherd’s Bush

It’s just funny. The word “bush” doubles up as fanny muff in English. I used to live in the Bush in fact and I nicknamed it Shepi B. Sounds better than Shepherd’s Bush.

Shepi B!

Shepi B!

4. Hyde Park Corner

OK so you’re not going to go crazy at the name Hyde Park, but the word “hyde” is in it, it could be something from the old Jekyll and Hyde days. The fact that you’d want to “hyde” near a corner makes this a cool spot. With Hyde Park and Oxford Street nearby, a great spot for “hyding” in good old London.

Hyde Park Corner

Hyde Park Corner

5. Barking
The funniest thing about it was the first time I was there there was a dog non stop barking at the train station entrance. I was in stitches. It was hilarious but nobody around me found it funny!!

6. James Bond Street
OK so this one is fake – the real name is Bond Street but you gotta laugh at the person who added James to it, courtesy of the cool site: London Underground

James Bond Street

James Bond Street

There are also the un-used stations of London which make for interesting reading – places like Trafalgar Station, Strand and Aldwych. Closed down stations. I’ll be heading back to London in June just before the World Cup to check out some more odd names and catch up with the lads again!

Happy travels.

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