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  • London’s Urban Foxes on the Increase

    There are upwards of 18 urban foxes per square km living in London. Fortunately they seem to leave the BALLs OF FAT and CHERRY HOGs alone.

  • David Walliams’ Cockney Character

    Hurray for Abingdon School in Oxfordshire, who are teaching their BIN LIDS how to use their LOAF OF BREAD and learn some proper cockney rhyming slang! The fun lesson was inspired by a Birmingham Stage Company’s production of ‘Awful Auntie’ by David Walliams. One of the key characters is a young Londoner called Soot (can […]

  • Has the Cockney Voice Gone for Good?

    Cole Moreton bemoans the loss of the cockney voice in this piece for the Radio Times. And it's true. With all the comings and goings, like in any big city, its inhabitants will eventually change. Their customs will change, their food will change, their culture will change and of course their language and accents will change.

  • Cockney Rhyming Grub

    Any cockney rhyming slang fans should head over to Cambridge and try the yummy looking desserts at the Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa. The experimental chef has combined his love of our London slang with his studies in braille to create some deliciously fun puds. Our particular favourite is ‘Apples and Pears’ with ‘Rosie Lee’ […]

  • Andy Murray’s Trouble and Strife is Cooking a Bin Lid

    More tennis news … Andy Murray’s TROUBLE AND STRIFE has got ONE IN THE OVEN and is cooking a BIN LID. Far from distracting the tennis ace from success, it has been said that expecting a new addition can focus the mind even further. Incidentally, Novak Djokovic’s partner is also pregnant and Serena Williams recently […]

  • André Agassi’s Barnet was a Syrup

    Wimbledon is in full flow again and the weather of course has obliged by being changeable at best. PEAS IN THE POT  one day then raining cats and dogs the next. I came across an old news story the other day; how did I not already know that tennis champ Andre Agassi’s well renowned mullet […]

  • The Queen’s Clobber

    Well, there you have it, the BAKED BEAN let us have her thoughts earlier this BUBBLE AND SQUEAK and said that a ‘smooth and orderly’ Brexit might be a goer (har har!) and lotsa bills have been given the all clear. But never mind all that malarkey, I want to know why she wasn’t wearing […]

  • What’s Cockney for Jeremy Hunt?

    Although it has been more than a year since the self-effacing Twitter superhero, James Blunt posted the following Tweet, we again have cause and opportunity to consider that the cockney rhyming euphemism be handed from James Blunt to Jeremy Hunt. I'm officially handing over my Cockney Rhyming title to @Jeremy_Hunt — James Blunt (@JamesBlunt) February 11, 2016 […]

  • London Nude Bike Ride

    Let your DERBY KELLY hang out this Saturday in London’s 13th annual naked bike ride through our nation’s capital! Officially the World Naked Bike Ride (London) is a protest against car culture and oil dependency, but it’s also a chance to promote positive body image. If you want to join in with the ride, all you need to […]

  • Popup PLONK Tasting in London

    Did you know that "plonk" is really Cockney Rhyming Slang? The rhyme is PLINKETY PLONK, which rhymes with vin Blanc. It also echoes the sound of wine pouring into a glass. Very clever. It's one of those Cockney slangs that you probably use without even knowing it's Cockney Rhyming Slang.

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Each slang is ranked and rated by real Cockney speakers. Rate any slang as:


    Widely-used and recognised as Cockney Rhyming Slang from the good old days. Example: Apples and Pears

    It might be brand new rhyming slang but if you've heard it used, rate it Modern. Example: Pete Tong

    Never heard it being used? Reckon it's fake? What a load of old Pony. Rate it Mockney!


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  • Tweet CAT AND CAGES means WAGES #cockney #london #slang #cockneyrhymingslang
  • Tweet STEAM TUG means MUG (FOOL) #cockney #london #slang #cockneyrhymingslang
  • Tweet Someone's teachin' kids the Queen's #cockney at long last! Bless you@davidwalliams…
  • Tweet PENNY A POUND means GROUND #cockney #london #slang #cockneyrhymingslang
  • Tweet FINGER AND THUMB means RUM #cockney #london #slang #cockneyrhymingslang

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