London guide
Mar
24

Insiders tip – getting those place names right!

Some of the place names in London seem created specifically to sort the locals from the visitors.  All those olde English words with their silent ‘L’s and ‘W’s’; perfect to trip up your tongue and confuse you completely.  But do not despair, simply refer to our handy little London guide below and all will be as clear as London mud.  If you are really stuck here is a nifty website that will pronounce the word for you, so, make like Eliza and and get your mouth around all those old vowels.  You will be navigating London like a Londoner in no time !

 

Aldwychald-witch / auldwych
AldgateOr’git / Old-Gate
Boroughborra / burra
Carshaltoncar-shol-ten
Chiswickchis-ik
Clerkenwellclark-enwell
Deptforddet-ford
Earls Courterls-cort
Grosvenorgrow-venna
Knightsbridgenaits-brij
Holbornho-bern / O’bn
/ Hob’n
/ Ho-Burn
 with emphasis on first syllable.
Isleworthisel-werth
Loughtonlo-ton
Marylebonemarli-bone / marlee-b’n
Plaistowplast-o
Sloaneslown
Streathamstret-am
Sydenhamsid-in-am
Ruisliprai-slip
Silent Southwarksuth-uk
Streathamstret-am
Thamestemms
Vauxhallvox-all / or voc-sall
Wimbledonwimbel-dun
Woolwichwull-ich
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