Ronnie Barker – Rhyming Slang Sermon

Here’s the peerless Ronnie Barker delivering a sermon in Cockney rhyming slang. How he manages to keep that poker face going throughout we’ll never know. Here are some of the phrases he uses: Cain and Able Table Hampstead Heath Teeth Trouble and Strife Wife Bricks and Mortar Daughter Tea Leaf Thief Bees and Honey Money Burton […]


Classic Cockney Adverts

Advertisers just love using Cockney accents to flog their gear. Maybe it’s cos the original Cockneys were the market traders, barrow boys and costermongers of the East London marketplace – they had to push their wares or starve! Anyway, whatever the reason, here’s a compilation of our top 10 favourite adverts featuring our beloved Cockney […]


Tribal punk cockney jazz soul poetry, yeah!

Alright good people. Do you want to hear a 10 minute slice of tribal-punk-cockney-jazz-soul-poetry, including four wicked spoken dialogues in the Cockney lingo? Course you do! Head on over to https://soundcloud.com/fishinabox/sold where you can hear it. It stars trumpeter Andie Handei Kumafaro and it’ll be a treat for all fans of CRASS because it features ex-members Penny […]



Call the Midwife

Have you read the Call the Midwife books by Jenny Worth? They’re a superb account of life in the East End of London in the 1950s told from a point of view not normally heard – that of a jobbing midwife attached to a nunnery in the East End. A time characterised by the word […]


Have a Cockney Christmas!

Here at Cockney Rhyming Slang we’ll be having a proper Cockney Christmas. A good-old knees up and a sing-song round the pianner. We hope. You don’t have to be a Cockney or even live in London to have a right old ding-dong this Christmas though. Here are our top-ten tips for a magnificent Chrimbo, Cockney-style. Visit Dennis […]


London Voices – Rory McLeod – Singer/Musician

Often we’re asked what the London accent sounds like. Well, it’s a bit daft trying to describe it – it’s better to listen to real people speaking or singing isn’t it? So, we’ve decided to launch a series of articles about real people who speak in a London accent, with posts to videos or recordings of […]


I’m Hank Marvin

Often Cockney Rhyming Slang is used in advertising. Here’s a poster we saw in a London street, which uses the CRS “Hank Marvin”. The poster offers no translation so obviously the advertisers know that everybody knows that Hank Marvin means Starving in Cockney Rhyming Slang. Nice one Mattessons!


Cockney Cash Machine Song

Paddy Milner, a songwriter and singer who has lived in Walthamstow, has written a superb song about the famous Cockney cash machines. In case you don’t know about them, they’re just like normal cash machines, only they speak Cockney, not English. Here’s the video, and we’ve included the translations below, with a link to Paddy’s […]