Learn how to pronounce London place names like a Londoner. You will learn the Cockney / Estuary English pronunciation of these words, which is often different to the standard pronunciations.

I will teach you how to pronounce difficult places in London, which are commonly mispronounced by non-native speakers of English. These include: ‘Greenwich’, ‘Southwark’, ‘Camden’ and ‘Streatham’.

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How to Pronounce Places Containing the Suffix -ham

*No /h/ is pronounced in the -ham suffix.

Tottenham
Streatham
Peckham
Sydenham
Fulham
Lewisham
Balham

How to Pronounce Places Containing the Suffixes -den / don

Camden
Croydon
Hendon
Wimbledon

How to Pronounce Places Containing the Suffixes -ton

Paddington
Euston
Clapton
Dalston
Haggerston
Hoxston
Stoke Newington
Islington

Pronouncing a ‘th’ Sound in the Cockney Accent

*Cockneys famously don’t pronounce the ‘th’ sound /θ/. They substitute it for an /f/.

Southwark
South London
North London
Blackheath
Heathrow
Bethnal Green

Pronouncing a Dark /l/ in the Cockney Accent

*A dark /l/ has an accompanying /w/ sound in Cockney English.

Millwall
Forest Hill
Russell Square
Crystal Palace
BUT NOT: London Bridge, Leyton or Turnpike Lane

Pronouncing Glottal Stops instead of /t/ /p/ or /k/

Tooting
Waterloo
Clapham
Gatwick
Streatham

Not Pronouncing ‘H’ in the Cockney Accent

*Not pronouncing an initial letter ‘H’ in words is a pronunciation feature called H-Dropping.

Hackney Wick
Highbury
High Barnet
Hampstead Heath
Heathrow


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◼️ Watch my lesson on How to Pronounce the 10 Most Difficult English Cities.

◼️ Watch my lesson on How to Pronounce the names of English Towns including the -ham suffix.

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