Tube = London Underground Network
The Knowledge = The cumulative knowledge of London’s black cab drivers that they have to learn to be licensed. They have to learn every street in London.
Boris Bus = Boris Johnson’s key platform of replacing the old London Routemaster bus.
Red Ken = The name of London’s former Mayor Ken Livingston who leaned VERY far to the left.
The Standard = What some call the Evening Standard – the evening paper dedicated to London.
The City = The City of London – the square mile bit of central London that goes back two thousand years.
Square Mile = The City of London also
Congestion Charge = Tax on all cars entering the central London congestion charge zone.
Silicon Roundabout = Area around Old Street that’s a hub for new media and tech companies.
Council Estate = Public housing
The Blitz = Period in 1940 when London was bombed by the Nazis
M25 = The Orbital Highway that encircles London
Westway = Elevated Highway in West London
Mind the Gap = Watch your step when stepping from a train to a platform.
The Palace = When someone says the Palace they’re almost always referring to Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence in London.
Buck House = Buckingham Palace
The Tower = Tower of London
A-Z = A popular London map guide that’s indispensable to locals and long term visitors (extra note – Londoners will say ‘A to Zed’).
GMT = Greenwich Mean Time
Cockney = Someone born within earshot of the bells of St Mary-le-Bow
Offy = Convenience Store that sells alcohol
Off License = Convenience Store that sells alcohol
Take Away = Cheap to go food.
Crossrail = New cross London underground railway line currently under construction.
Bobby = London Policeman
Clip Joint = A club that claims to be a strip club but usually comes with £100 bottles of water. Avoid.
Zebra Crossing = Pedestrian crossing.
Home Counties = Generic name for the counties around London which are: Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex.
Nappy Valley = Areas of London with high birthrates like Battersea.