London is a confusing city. We need every bit of help we can get to find our way around. To that end, we've compiled a list of useful reminders, or mnemonics.
How to remember the theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue
An old favourite, the mnemonic 'Little Apples Grow Quickly, Please' recalls the Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud, Queen's and the Palace Theatres, in order from west to east.
How to remember the streets of Soho
With its grid-like streets and infinite bounty of cafes and bars, Soho can get a little bewildering. Here's a classic mnemonic for remembering the order of the streets to the eastern end: Good For Dirty Women. It corresponds to Greek Street, Frith Street, Dean Street and Wardour Street. If you want to add Berwick Street and Poland Street, we'd instead suggest Great Friends Doctor Who & Billie Piper. It has little connection to Soho, but should be memorable to Whovians.
How to remember the Zone 1 stations on the Central line
A similar exercise could be tried with any of the lines, but here's a handy way of remembering the stops on the red line between Notting Hill Gate and Liverpool Street:
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That's Notting Hill, Queensway, Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Bond Street, Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Chancery Lane, St Paul's, Bank and Liverpool Street.
How to remember the services on the M25
There are only four service stations on the orbital motorway, so it shouldn't be too hard to remember them. Just in case, you might enquire 'Can Little Chef Serve Me Tea?', to remember (south-east running clockwise) Clacket Lane, Cobham, South Mimms and Thurrock. (Note, none of them have a Little Chef, so the answer is 'no'.)
How to remember the bridges over the Thames
Even seasoned Londoners sometimes get the order of the bridges mixed up. There a 33 spans over the Thames in London, which would make for an unwieldy mnemonic. Instead, let's focus on the central area. Use one of the following (depending on your political persuasion) to remember the bridges:
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The mnemonics recall Vauxhall, Lambeth, Westminster, Golden Jubilee, Waterloo, Blackfriars, Millennium, Southwark, London and Tower bridges. Note: we've only included ones you can walk across. If the Garden Bridge gets built, we can amend the mnemonics by adding 'Generally' after 'We'.
How to remember the stops on the Waterloo & City line
You're Woefully Bemused if you need help with that one.
Invent your own mnemonics in the comments below.