Roughly translated as a few London street names that have taken my fancy over the past few years. Inspired by a punter who wanted to go The Vale of Health in Hampstead yesterday, it jogged my memory that I had wanted to write about some of the stranger and more interesting street names in London. But so precious is my time now that I’m such a media whore, I am going to start the ball rolling today and then hope that you, my adoring public, will rise to the challenge and let me know your favourite LONDON road names. If it takes off, I may even give the directory it’s own page on this site, a rare honour.
So I’m going to start you all off with 10, in no particular order, apart from the one at the top of my list and the reason for my intro de Francais;
Petty France, SW1 – presumably derived from “Petite France” but someone else will have to fill quite why it’s called that.
Vale of Health, NW3 – now, here was a nice Twitter moment (groans all round from non Twitter users and BM who thinks Twitter is for narcissists – moi??), after tweeting that I’d done a job to the Vale of Health, one of my cabbie colleagues gave me the following information about it; “name was changed to disguise the fact that this was once a swampland and tanning pit and quite unsavoury till redeveloped”. There, a cabbie told you, so it must be true.
Newington Butts & Newington Causeway – both quite grand sounding but sadly just part of the concrete jungle that is the Elephant & Castle traffic system.
Snowsfields, SE1 – Close to the entrance to Guy’s Hospital, a really evocative street name I’d say.
Fleur de Lis Street, E1 – another French influence, another very evocative name.
All quite close together in EC3, I can give you; Mincing Lane, sorry but it makes me think of Dick Emery every time I go down it, Seething Lane, Crutched Friars, Rood Lane and last but by no means least, London Street which just got the nod over England’s Lane for sheer arrogance, believing it can speak for the whole city. London Street is, however, such a disappointment, being part of the one way system that takes you past the front entrance to Fenchurch Street Station. But I’d love my address to be No. 1 London Street. Wouldn’t you?