London's funniest, punniest shop names

Chucklesome chip shops, snigger-inducing salons and hilarious hardware stores all feature in our gallery of London's most pun-tastic signage

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The shop may have moved on to pastures new but the legacy of a terrific pun lives on.
Location: Bank

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Stock up on spray tan and get those hairs removed at this aptly-named beauty salon.
Location: Twickenham

3/18

A place where you don't 'sleep with the fishes', you just cover them in salt and vinegar.
Location: Marble Arch
Supplied by @iamlizzybrown

4/18

Who says vegetarians don't have a sense of humour?
Location: Marylebone

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There's something about the mindless graffiti that just adds to the party feel of this 'traditional' chippy.
Location: Waterloo

6/18

Just like your father always said; when it comes to flooring, don't rush the decision-making process.
Location: Clapham

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Stock up on spray tan and get those hairs removed at this aptly-named beauty salon.
Location: Twickenham

8/18

Forget London's Charles Dickens Museum, this shop is the legacy the Victorian novelist would have wanted.
Location: Wimbledon Chase

9/18

What do you mean you don't get this pun? Don't you remember 'Hi-De-Hi'? It ran for nine series, that's almost twice as many as 'The Wire'.
Location: Mitcham

10/18

As a general rule, the best puns are simple, effective and based on big-haired heavy metal bands from Leyton.
Location: Kingston-Upon-Thames

11/18

A versatile pun is put to good use for a barber shop this time round.
Location: Whitechapel
Supplied by Naina Mistry

12/18

A highbrow pun for the sophisticated wine connoisseur.
Location: Marble Arch
Supplied by Kenny Blythe

13/18

A vintage pun for this specialist wine and spirits shop.
Location: New Oxford St

14/18

The cute dog and pun combination proves deadly. A real 'Awwww' generator.
Location: Fulham

15/18

Another pun from hair stylists, this time based on a budget airline.
Location: Victoria
Supplied by David McLagan

16/18

We got so much abuse for not including this in the original gallery line-up. A Pundon classic.
Location: Stoke Newington
Supplied by Jenny Blair

17/18

Not technically a shop but this pun on the move is a total winner.
Location: Here, there and everywhere
Supplied by Mehreen Umar

18/18

Does this pun work? We're not totally convinced but 10/10 for effort.
Location: Norbiton

 

We've teamed up with Blogger The Punning Man to celebrate the fine art of punning in London. You can send your own pics to blog@timeout.com and we'll add the best to this gallery. Also, check out the Punning Man's top five London puns on the Time Out Blog.

Comments

8 comments
Martin
Martin

Amazing Grates in East Finchley?

Miles
Miles

Jack the Stripper is definitely in Twickenham, it's opposite my old house.

Fenris
Fenris

On Leather Lane there is a hardware store called "S&M Tools"

Bladerunner
Bladerunner

The previous poster means that Jack the Stripper was on Twickenham Green . Bank ???????? The last one is not Twickenham , but SW6 someplace .

Shariq
Shariq

Also Piebury Corner (a little distance away from Highbury Corner, on Holloway Road), Sew Fantastic (haberdashery on Essex Road) and an Off-licence called Singhsbury near Brondesbury Park station...

Rob McNab
Rob McNab

Chip shop in Croydon (not sure if its still there) - 'The Rock and Sole Plaice'

steve
steve

You forgot Balti Towers in Long Lane. Halesowen!! LOL

beefburger
beefburger

That is in Twickenham,near the green.