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The A-Z Of Odd London Street Names (Part 1)

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The A-Z Of Odd London Street Names (Part 1)
Accommodation Road in Golders Green. Does exactly what it says on the sign.
Accommodation Road in Golders Green. Does exactly what it says on the sign.
The famous Bleeding Heart Yard, near Farringdon.
The famous Bleeding Heart Yard, near Farringdon.
Crooked Usage in Finchley. We've mentioned this before, but it bears repeating.
Crooked Usage in Finchley. We've mentioned this before, but it bears repeating.
Downage, north of Hendon.
Downage, north of Hendon.
Effort Street in Tooting. Is it worth the trouble to track it down?
Effort Street in Tooting. Is it worth the trouble to track it down?
French Ordinary Court in the City. The name supposedly comes from a French eatery on this site before the Great Fire. An 'ordinary' was a fixed-price meal.
French Ordinary Court in the City. The name supposedly comes from a French eatery on this site before the Great Fire. An 'ordinary' was a fixed-price meal.
Great Thrift in Petts Wood.
Great Thrift in Petts Wood.
Another 'G', Great Benty, north of Heathrow.
Another 'G', Great Benty, north of Heathrow.
Ha-Ha Road in Woolwich. (A ha-ha is a garden feature as well as a mirthful ejaculation.)
Ha-Ha Road in Woolwich. (A ha-ha is a garden feature as well as a mirthful ejaculation.)
Ion Square off Hackney Road. There's no charge.
Ion Square off Hackney Road. There's no charge.
John Carpenter Street. One for horror/suspense fans. What sinister fate awaits this lurker?
John Carpenter Street. One for horror/suspense fans. What sinister fate awaits this lurker?
Kitcat Terrace, in Bow.
Kitcat Terrace, in Bow.

Patrick Hamilton described London as '20,000 Streets Under the Sky'. He didn't reveal just how many of them have ridiculous names. Having discovered the outlandish Crooked Usage in Finchley, our curiosity was piqued. With a little help from Londonist readers (thanks), and an unhealthy amount of time scanning map indices, we've put together an A-Z of the best. Here's the first part, covering A-K.

We got the photographic evidence via Google Maps, rather than getting out on the streets. We wouldn't want to be accused of having too much time on our hands. The list excludes 'rude' street names. We've already probed that one.

(Edited for typo, 12.40pm, 14 Oct.)

Last Updated 10 May 2016

AndrewOrange

piqued

Thegreenwichphantom

Tee hee - was your curioisity 'piqued'? Which meant you 'peeked' until finally it had 'peaked?'

bravenewmalden

There's a Steep Hill in Streatham that isn't.

Lz

"peaked"? I think you mean "piqued".

Cold

No Elvis Road? You can include its neighbour Lennon Road in the next installment...
http://maps.google.co.uk/?ll=5...

Brian Owens

For H, I think Haunch of Venison Yard (W1K) beats Ha Ha Road...

Lee Jackson

I must vote for gloriously gothic Remnant Street.

jwadman1504

Just round the corner from Effort Street is Recovery Street, and both are very close to St George's Hospital. There's a Victorian moral in there, I'm sure.

Dominic Sayers

Bleeding Heart Yard? When London has a Bevis Marks? What were you thinking?

Guest

My personal fav is Prudent Passage, in the City.  Closely followed Crutched Friars, and the best-named church St Andrew by the Wardrobe.

j9

there is 'vivian comma close' in my neighbourhood (Highbury) - yes the punctuation is spelled out.

Emerson

Don't forget Of Alley...