Anyone who knows me knows I love a good pun - and a bad one too. I'm very lucky I get to work in a job where I can indulge in bad punnery daily. Luckily for you most of them don't make it onto the website, I just have to make do with making my workmates cringe instead.
But you don't need me to put a little pun-shine in your life (sorry). It's everywhere. From hairdressers (in Ireland I loved Curl up and Dye - but somehow resisted having my hair cut there) to florists (in Melbourne, Shoots and Leaves), but my favourites are undoubtedly the fast food joints.
Every day on my way to work I can't help smiling when I walk past the Spice Grills. Past its prime and a little on the seedy side, no one can accuse it of being inappropriately named. In Melbourne when I wanted something quick and vegetarian I could go to Lord of the Fries.
When I lived in Ireland there was nothing that magic about Abrakebabra, but the kebabs hit the spot after a couple too many Guinness's. If I ever find myself craving fried chicken or pizza in Leyton I'm definitely going to seek out Drum and Base, and next time I'm in Covent Garden I hope to pop into Just Felafs, just for the laugh, like.
It's the fish and chips shops, though, that take first plaice (groan) when it comes to the puns. Londoners can pay their respects to great fish and chips at The Codfather in Finchley, get down and groove at the Fishcotheque in Waterloo or chow down on chips at the Rock and Sole Plaice in Covent Garden.
I don't know about you, but I like a bit of fun pun with my fried food. Maybe one day I'll even open my very own takeaway, Just for the Halibut. Let me know if you've found any gems in your travels, I'd love to expand my repertoire.