London's Rudest Street Names

By M@ Last edited 91 months ago

Last Updated 26 October 2016

London's Rudest Street Names

Following on from our Pulitzer-demanding investigation into the most depressing street names in our city, we asked you to share your favourite rude appellations. You were truly fecund. London, it seems, is a city where lewdness lurks at every corner.

Places named after gentlemen's bits

Laycock Street, Islington

Penistone Road, Streatham

Ennis Road (bit desperate, that one)

Balls Pond Road, Hackney

Cock Lane, City

Cock Pond, Clapham Common

(And several other Cockish variations.)

Bellenden Road, Peckham

Helmet Row, Old Street

White Knobs Way, Caterham (just outside London but within the M25)

Bellestaines Pleasaunce (Chingford, curse those extraneous 'e's)

Peckermans Wood, Sydenham

Places named after ladies' bits

Melon Road, Peckham and Leytonstone

Clitterhouse Road, Barnet

Places named after gender-neutral, yet still rude anatomy

Image by M@.

Back Passage, City of London

The Ring, Hyde Park

The Butts and Upper Butts, Brentford

Newington Butts, Walworth

Places named after lewd activities and professions

Bit of a cheat, spotted by joeppo in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Cold Blow Lane, New Cross

Cumming Street, Islington

Ogle Street, Fitzrovia

Hooker's Road, Walthamstow

Bird-in-Hand Passage, Forest Hill

Copping Close, Croydon

Swallow Street, off Regent Street

Add further suggestions in the comments, and we'll update this definitive list of street smut.

See also: London's rudest Victorian window etchings (discretely obscene).

Top image by UltraBobban in the Londonist Flickr pool.