Top 10 of rude London street names

11:35 19 June 2012

Cock Lane in the City of London

Cock Lane in the City of London

Archant

London is home to some of the most splendid and iconic streets in the world. It is also home to streets with some very rude sounding names.

Here is a list of 10 of the best examples.

Medieval London had many rude street names which have since been changed to something less unsavoury.

Among them: XX Place, E1 and Shiteburn Lane (the site of cesspits in 1273).

Top 10 rude London street names:

1. Bishops Butt Close, Orpington

2. Bollocks Terrace, Tooting

3. Clitheroe Road, Lambeth

4. Clitterhouse Road, Barnet

5. Cock Lane, City

6. Cumming Street, Islington

7. Gaywood Street, Elephant & Castle

8. Knobs Hill Road, Waltham Forest

9. Mincing Lane, City

10. Penistone Road, Streatham

From the list above, all of the streets still seem to exist, with the possible exception of number 2. If you know whether this street is real and is still around today, let us know in the comments below.

Also tell us your favourite funny or rude London street names.

This list is featured in The Top 10 of London, a book by Alexander Ash, published by Hamlyn, £10 www.octopusbooks.co.uk

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Police believe these four boys were in the area at the time and want to speak to them

A 14-year-old girl was forced into performing a sex act by two boys on her way home from school while another two teenagers filmed it on their mobile phones.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
We may see repeats of these scenes across the tube network later today and tomorrow

TfL say if the planned industrial action goes ahead, “there will be no Tube service from late afternoon on Wednesday July 8 and no Tube service at all on Thursday July 9.”

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Observant Muslim, Christian and Jewish girls working together at Spitalfields city farm for Mitzvah Day (Picture: Yakir Zur)

These five instances of diverse Londoners coming together in the post- 7/7 capital will make you smile.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The Broadway crash involved two buses, including this doubledecker (Photo: Bexley Fire Brigade)

Ambulance, police and fire crews are all attending a seven-vehicle crash near ASDA on The Broadway in Bexleyheath.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
She was taking her savings to the bank when the thieves pounced

Shaheed Forde-Bryan from Rainham, east London went missing on Sunday June 14 and following a police appeal has today been found.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more