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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  • Jack the Stripper

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

    Jack the Stripper
  • Beauty and the Beach

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

    Beauty and the Beach
  • Codfather

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

  • Eat and Two Veg

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

    Eat and Two Veg
  • Fishcotheque

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

  • Floors for Thought

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

    Floors for Thought
  • Heaven Scent

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

    Heaven Scent
  • Gate Expectations

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

    Gate Expectations
  • Hi De Hilites

    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

    Hi De Hilites
  • Iron Maiden

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

    Iron Maiden
  • Jack the Clipper

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

    Jack the Clipper
  • Philglas & Swiggot

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

    Philglas & Swiggot
  • Planet of the Grapes

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

    Planet of the Grapes
  • Pugs and Kisses

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

    Pugs and Kisses
  • Ryan Hair

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

    Ryan Hair
  • Sellfridges

    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

  • Sure Lock Homes

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

    Sure Lock Homes
  • Woofs A Daisy

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

    Woofs A Daisy

Jack the Stripper

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

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Amazing Grates in East Finchley?


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


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


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


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'


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


That is in Twickenham,near the green.