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Useful London Slang Words and Phrases such as Monkey, Sky Rocket, and Cream Your Pants

Useful London Slang Words and Phrases such as Monkey, Sky Rocket, and Cream Your Pants

I have put together a really useful list of handy London slang words and phrases, which are not just fun to use, but they will also be of benefit for adopted Londoners who have made the city their home and all the millions of tourists who come here to take in the amazing places and sights.

When in Rome do as the Romans do as the saying goes. Or if you prefer talk like a Londoner, even though nowadays you will be hard pressed to find a born and bred Londoner! I personally use local slang on a regular basis, and as often as I can because I’m that kinda guy.

It would be good to see the Mayor of London Boris Johnson lending his support to local slang words. Could you imagine Boris saying to David Cameron that he was ‘tighter than a duck’s arse’, that would be vote winner for him!

Useful London Slang Words & Phrases

  • Backhander – a dodgy payment that is made in a secretive manner. Such as someone who pays a local councillor a few quid to ensure that they get a planning application passed!
  • Bell-end – as in the end of a penis. Used as an insult to someone, such as ‘Boris you are a bell-end!’
  • Boat race – a personal favourite of mine, but not very politically correct, but on ‘London Is Cool’ we couldn’t give a toss about the PC brigade! It means she looks amazing from behind, but her face is as ugly as a bull dog chewing a nettle with pee on it. Just like Cherie Blair!
  • Chas’n’Dave – just what I’m needing at the moment, means ‘shave’. I need a Chas ‘n’ Dave!
  • Cream your knickers – an expression used to describe someone when they get overly excited over something.
  • Damage – how much does it cost, ‘what’s the damage mate?’
  • Dosh – money.
  • The Filth – the Police
  • Gooner – is the nickname for Arsenal fans.
  • Monkey – term used to describe £500.
  • Nicker – money. ‘That is 900 nicker in any shop you’re lucky enough to find one in’.
  • On the game – and there are a few round here, means she is a prostitute.
  • Sky rocket – Pocket. Put that 20 quid in your sky rocket.
  • Sweet – cool or excellent, used when things are going good or someone is happy about something.
  • Trouble and Strife – a term used to describe the wife.
  • Tighter than a ducks arse – they are very mean or stingy with money.

The London slang words and phrases I have used in my list are nothing but my current favourites and ones that are fairly commonly used. Learning local words is almost like learning a new language but a hell of lot more fun if you ask me!


  1. Most of these I wouldn’t have had a clue. Thanks for the lesson.

    Bell-end? Bwahahahahaha.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  2. You got them spot on William the common ones my family and i always use is Tighter than a ducks arse and Bell-End

    another common one we use is
    Cream crackered = knackered

    Good post
    Have a nice weekend 🙂

  3. Comedy Plus, I thought they might be a wee bit confusing for those living outside the UK.

    Hey Steve, I use them both when I can. Not sure if my landlord appreciates it though when I’m referring to him!

  4. Interesting list.
    Though not always, but sometimes that “filth” is really suitable.
    BTW, is that “gooner” is from “gunner” or “goon”, or none of both?

  5. Here in Oz a backhander is a smack in the side of the head with the back of ones hand. Never heard of a lot of those. Damage is common here as is Sweet. Dosh used to be common but don’t hear it much anymore. Our Aussie language is getting too influenced by American TV & movies these days & a lot of the old sayings are becoming long forgotten, especially by the young people

  6. CAT, the is name derived from the team’s nickname, “The Gunners”…

    Tony, Backhander can also mean that in the UK, it has two meanings. We get plenty of American influence in the UK as well, but local slang is still fairly strong in many areas.

  7. A word that I love to use is KNOB. I think it is clear what it means.

  8. Hey! that’s relly a very interesting list. I am going to London next year and I am just like you, I love knowing everything about the place I am living in, specially slangs. Congrats for your blog. I love it.