The Great Londonist Pun Hunt

By M@ Last edited 111 months ago
The Great Londonist Pun Hunt

We want to know: what is the most puntastic shop in London?

Our friends in Toronto laid down the challenge with a truly frightening exposition of wordplay (the Hindenburger fast food joint stands out; oh the humanity).

But we think London can do even better. Our city is the natural home of the wordsmith. The area known as Elephant and Castle is thought, by some, to be a calembour of la Infanta de Castile. People delight in attending 'Favourite Tube Station' parties dressed as the King's Crustacean. And just ask any Londoner whether they've spent much time in Shepherd's Bush, or the safest route into Mudchute, and watch the reaction. Don't even mention Cockfosters.

But we're looking for shops, businesses and eateries with punning names. Those outlets who raise the lowest form of wit into a trading name, most commonly seen with hairdressers for some reason. Please leave suggestions in the comments or, better yet, send photos to londonist - at - or add them to our Flickr pool. We'll do a round-up in a week or two.

Image (taken in Finchley) by PaulCox72.

Last Updated 29 January 2009


these guys have got to be contenders.
plumbers: All Cisterns Go


Can't provide a photo of it, but the opticians in Kensal Rise called, yes, Kensal Eyes is my fave.


Rock & Sole Plaice in Covent Garden (

diamond geezer

Sellfridges, Stoke Newington.


There's Peter the Pleater of course, and another cabbie sent me a photo of The Codfather, a fish & chip shop in Dock St. I will forward the photo.


Just Falafs - based in Covent Garden...not sure what hey sell ;o)


Just Falafs - based in Covent Garden, not too sure what they sell ;o)