London's Rudest Street Names

By M@ Last edited 19 months ago
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.

Last Updated 26 October 2016


There's always "Newington Butts", off the south roundabout at the Elephant and Castle. A Butts, by the way, seems to have been a place where archers practiced before going into battle.


Once upon a time, the City had a Gropec**t Lane. Tragically it survives no longer.


gaywood street? it's close to the imperial war museum.


Gee street off Goswell Road is quite rude but only if you grew up in Dublin and are of a juvenile disposition. Fortunately, in my case, both apply.


Peckarmans Wood in Sydenham is moderately filthy.


Bird in Bush Road in Peckham.

james d

Mafeking Rd, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 3SS


Great Peter Street may produce some mild double-taking from the American contingent.


there's a Bellenden Road in Peckham


If you go past Ennis road, it's about 50/50 as to whether someone has recently daubed a P on the sign...

Prince Albert Road, Paddington
Balls Pond Road, Sach Road & Shaftesbury Street, all in Hackney
and Dickenson Road, Tottenham.

Scott Wood

Coped an eyeful of Solomons Passage from the bus past Peckham Rye yesterday.


Bonner Road in Bethnal Green. Always makes me snicker.


Tuck Road in South Hornchurch has a roadsign that is perpetually vandalised.

Gay Gardens in Dagenham (admittedly not rude as such) was so named (having formely been Stockdale Gardens, IIRC) at the request of the residents there in the 1950s (not foreseeing any advance in the changing of the implications of words in the years ahead), who needed a new name for the road because the Royal Mail were getting it mixed up with another road with a similar name elsewhere in Dagneham, and chose this because they felt it most accurately represented the jolly and happy spirit of the place. (The hardest old-school skinhead at my primary school lived down there.)

I've been told that bus conductors used to have great fun shouting out the name of the stop at Clitterhouse Crescent in that strange and not terribly pleasant nomansland between Cricklewood, Golders Green and Hendon. (thinks: must get a bus up there to see how the electronic voice-box thing enunciates it)


Mincing Lane in the City. Not particularly rude but quite snigger-worthy.


Oh, and Crutched Friars.


Clitheroe Road, Lambeth.


Here's a late entry for ladies' parts, spied on Maggie's Night Hike on Friday.


Oxford has a Cumnor Rise Road.  Try saying it out loud.  That'd ruin your mascara.


Swallow street, just of regent street!


And, of course Bush Wood in Leytonstone


Horniman Drive in South London


Cockfosters and St John's Wood and for pubs there's The Famous Cock in Islington and The Horniman at Hay's Galleria. Bath has Gay Street.


One to add is Occupation Road - there's one in Ealing and one in Elephant and Castle: 'occupy' was 18th and 19th century slang for 'have sex': I don't know about the Elephant and Castle one but the Ealing Occupation Road is a shady sidestreet eminently suitable for prostitutes to take clients for a knee-trembler.


There was once a Sound Arse Alley in Shorditch though that has sadly long since disappeared.


Sherborne Lane in London was in 1272–73 known as Shitteborwelane, later Shite-burn lane and Shite-buruelane (possibly due to nearby cess pits).[16][17] Pissing Alley, one of several identically named streets whose names survived the Great Fire of London,[18]

Carl Maltby

From Wikipedia (

Variations include Gropecunte, Gropecountelane, Gropecontelane, Groppecountelane and Gropekuntelane. There were once many such street names in England, but all have now been bowdlerised.[1] In the city of York, for instance, Grapcunt Lane—grāp is the Old English word for grope[2]—was renamed as the more acceptable Grape Lane.

Sherborne Lane in London was in 1272–73 known as Shitteborwelane, later Shite-burn lane and Shite-buruelane (possibly due to nearby cess pits).[16][17] Pissing Alley, one of several identically named streets whose names survived the Great Fire of London,[18]


Theres a brides passage somewhere in central london i spotted whilst on a treasure hunt. Essex has a village brilliantly called fingeringhoe.

I like beaver close

My personal favourite: Beaver Close, Morden.


BLACK BOY LANE between in Harringay Borough

Ian Messenger

My favourite is Helmet Row, EC1.


There's also Prudent Passage in the City, linking King Street to Ironmonger Lane.

i.e 'I took her up the Prudent Passage'

Willis Moaker

You forgot "Helmet Row"


Swallow Street, W1

Laud Robin Steel

Old Condom Street, W1

Ava Lawrence

There's a Hoe street in Walthamstow as well :-)

Keith Taylor

i used to live on the clitterhouse estate in nw2 , i used to find it funny when trying to get car insurance, the road name always raised a titter of laughter

Alan Frank Knights

if memory serves there was a grope cunt lane in the city of London , where the toms aka ladies of the night of a certain age usually 30+ would give cheap thrills ,

Alan Frank Knights

the grope cunt lane in London was for , how shall I phrase it "o yes " for the more mature toms I-e passed their sell by date , im scratching already! chortle guffaw etc.

Mike B

There is Shootup Hill and Crooked Usage both in Barnet I think.

Micky Evans

what about nobcheese alley?


Thank-you for Londonist categorising them, that really helped me understand the street names

Chris Amies

There's a Felgate Mews in Hammersmith. From time to time the G gets amended to an L.


How about Shepard's Bush, or Crouch End?