9 Of The Strangest And Most Hilarious London Pub Names

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9 Of The Strangest And Most Hilarious London Pub Names

Call us immature, but we had more than a little giggle at these London pub names and their origins.


1. Dirty Dicks

[Qwerky Places]
Named after a bloke called Richard who, after his wife passed, refused to clean up or clean anything, including himself.

202 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NR


2. The Famous Cock

If you didn’t snigger just a little bit at this then who even are you?

259 Upper St, N1 1RU


3. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

[Lee Nichols]
Nobody really knows the origins of the name, but, as one of London’s oldest pubs, it’s said that Charles Dickens used to drink here.

145 Fleet St, EC4A 2BU


4. The Hole in the Wall

[Past London]
No it’s not a cash machine. You’ll be putting money into it and certainly not taking any out.

5 Mepham St, SE1 8SQ


5. The Bull and Gate

[Kentish Towner]
Okay so it may not seem that funny, but the reason it’s called the Bull and Gate is because it used to be the Boulogne Gate, but nobody could pronounce it properly. We wrote some more about it here.

389 Kentish Town Rd, NW5 2TJ


6. Fanny on the Hill

[News Shopper]
This pub is actually no longer open but we couldn’t resist adding it to the list. We know it’s immature but ‘fanny’ is still just so amusing…


7. Filthy Fanny’s

[Filthy Fanny’s]
Talking of fannies… You’ll find this beauty above the Crown and Shuttle in Shoreditch. We think Dirty Dick and Filthy Fanny should get together. Actually that’s gross… sorry.

 226 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ


8. The Job Centre

[South London Blog]
This pub used to be an actual job centre (surprise, surprise) but it’s now another South London boozer. Some say it’s “insulting” to the unemployed, some people say it’s the perfect example of gentrification, but others couldn’t care less just as long as they can get a beer.

120 Deptford High St, SE8 4NP


9. John the Unicorn

[John the Unicorn]
Apparently the boss’ daughter had a cuddly unicorn called John. That’s a foolproof way to name a pub, right? Teddy the Bear would be a winner…

157-159 Rye Lane, SE15 4TL

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