An A - Z
of London

Capital Numbers

An alphabetical guide
to London


A is for 'orses
B is for Bow Bells
C is for 21st Century
D is for Dome
E is for Escalator
F is for Fog
G is for GLC
H is for History
I is for Information
J is for Jellied Eels
K is for Keeping Safe
L is for London Transport
M is for Money
N is for Nightbus
01 for London
P is for Plague
Q is for Queen
R is for Red Route
S is for Streets of London
T is for Thames
U is for Underground
V is for Villages
W is for WestEnders
X is for Charing X
Y is a Year in London
Z is for Zoo

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A is for 'orses


We begin the A-Z of London with the very first London A-Z, the oh-so humorous Cockney Alphabet.

   A is for ‘orses
   B for mutton
   C for miles
   D for dumb
   E for Peron
   F for vescent
   G for police
   H from Steps
   I for the engine
   J for cakes
   K for teria
   L for leather
   M for size
   N for lope
   O for the rainbow
   P for relief
   Q for a bus
   R for Fowler
   S for Rantzen
   T for gums
   U for mystic
   V for la France
   W money
   X for breakfast
   Y for runts
   Z for wind

Victorian Londoners would have thrilled to the Cockney Alphabet in the hallowed settings of an East End Music Hall. Here of an evening you would have discovered the famous Pearly Kings and Queens delighting in the witty wordplay and doing the Lambeth Walk. Everyone else, lacking any education, would simply laugh at all the rude bits and then set about beating each other up.

Music Halls may have long closed down, but an East End night out hasn’t changed much in 100 years.