When I first moved here, I used to spend hours reading the Tune map and marvelling at all the strange names. So I thought I'd share the joy - and the reality - of my favourite London place names. Here's the first instalment.
Kentish Town (Northern Line)
For some reason, this evoked thoughts of a quaint village back in medieval times, with maids dancing around a fire and small thatched cottages.
A fairly grim, noisy and tightly packed cluster of flats and shops sandwiched between Camden Town and Highgate. No maids to be found anywhere.
Cockfosters (Piccadilly Line)
Need I say anything, really?
A tidy, orderly suburb with rows of white houses and... nothing really spectacular!
Shepherd's Bush (Central Line)
Fields with sheep, and one bush where the poor shepherd takes shelter when it showers.
Busy and noisy with giant roundabouts and now with the biggest in-town mall in Europe! The shepherds have long since fled.
Whitechapel (Central Line)
A white, er, chapel.
Wide, busy roads lined with kebab shops. More mosques to be found than white chapels.