How to Pronounce 20 London Underground Stations

A visit to London would not be complete without
a trip on the London Underground, locally known as the Tube. So today, i’m going to
show you how to pronounce twenty Tube stations just like a local. All that is coming right
up. Hello Eat Sleep Dreamers, how’s it going?
For anyone that is new round here, my name is Tom and I teach fresh modern British English
so that you can take your English to the next level and achieve your life goals. Now today,
we are looking at how to pronounce twenty London Underground tube stations and why are
we doing that? Because you guys have asked for it. You’ve sent me so many messages asking
for this lesson and I get it guys. I get it. British place names are sometimes totally
confusing. I get it guys, don’t worry. I absolutely understand and London Underground tube stations
are equally difficult to pronounce and that’s why I’m here to guide you through these names
so that the next time you come to London you can say them just like a local. Ok, maybe not that local but you know what I mean. Now before we start I want to mention two things.
Firstly, I’m going to teach you how to say these words in my accent. Now my accent is
a London accent. There are other accents out there that probably say these words differently
or certainly with a variation. This is my accent i can only teach you how I pronounce
these words. Secondly I’ve chosen these twenty words for two simple reasons. They are the
ones that cause visitors most problems and also they are the ones that visitors go to
most. Now I could teach you how to say Theydon Bois, but you are never going to go there
so why would you need to know how to say it? So these twenty stations are the ones that
I think you’ll probably visit when you come to London and you’ll need to pronounce properly.
Alright, that’s all said, that’s all done, let’s get on with number one. Alright let’s get this one done straight away.
Leicester Square. It’s a really popular tourist destination and it’s really commonly mispronounced.The
real pronunciation is Leicester Square. Number two, Tottenham Court Road. This is
a station at one end of Oxford Street which is one of the main shopping streets in London.
Now Tottenham is a tricky word because it has a lot of syllables but actually we don’t
pronounce many of them. It’s Tottenham. The stress is on the first syllable. Tottenham
Court Road. Now at the end of that word, ham, you’ve got ham. You’ll see this in a lot of
British place names. I think traditionally it means like farm or village and there are
a lot of London place names that have ham at the end of it. Now the pronunciation there,
it’s not Tottenham, it’s Tottenham and that ham is ‘um. We pronounce it as ‘um so another
tube station is Clapham and it’s not Clap-ham, it’s Clapham. So whenever you see the ham
at the end of a British place name you’ll know how to say it. Just like the main city
Birmingham. It’s not Birming-ham, it’s Birmingham. Alright so one more time, Tottenham Court
Road. Another popular shopping area Piccadilly Circus.
The stress there is on the third syllable, Piccadilly Circus. Now before you go there
and think there’s going to be a circus there, you’ll be disappointed. Because circus is
another word for roundabout so it just means the kind of traffic system that is there but
Piccadilly circus, sadly there are no circuses but there are plenty of shops and fun things
to do. And in fact let’s go to another circus, Oxford Circus. It’s in the middle of Oxford
street and it’s basically the centre of London’s shopping. It’s the place you want to go, if
you want to buy clothes, this is the place to go. Oxford Circus. Now when you arrive
into London you might fly into Heathrow airport so let’s pronounce Heathrow together. Heathrow.Now
if you separate it, it sounds like ‘he throw’ so if you just put it together Heathrow. The
stress is on the second syllable there. So where are you flying from? I’m flying from
Heathrow. Now let’s look at some of the train stations that you might go into. So we’ve
got Euston. It’s a tricky one that one. The pronunciation is very different from the spelling
Euston. Euston station. And then we’ve got a classic one here Marylebone. Now this one
is mispronounced so often. I see it as Mary Le Bone that’s the classic mispronunciation
which I like. I quite like saying Mary Le Bone I think that’s almost a better version
than the real one but the real pronunciation Marylebone. So three sounds there Marylebone
station. Next one we’ve got Paddington. Famous for the bear, Paddington bear it’s also a
very important station. Paddington. So it’s not Paddington, it’s Paddington. Alright this station is in the West End, it’s
quite near a lot of the theatres and musicals that you might visit. Holborn. Now it looks
more complicated than it actually is, it’s actually two very simple sounds, Holborn.
Then you just put the stress on the first syllable Holborn. I’m going to Holborn. Alright,
Holborn. If you are going to one of London’s famous
musicals then you might also go to Covent Garden tube station. Covent Garden. I don’t
really pronounce that t very much so it’s not Covent Garden, it’s Covent Garden. World famous for being the beginning and end
of time, it’s Greenwich. Now this is often mispronounced as Green Which but it’s not,
it’s Greenwich. Two sounds Greenwich. Three of London’s biggest museums are located
in South Kensington. You’ve got the Natural History Museum, The V&A and the Science Museum
and they are all in South Kensington.So I think we should learn how to say that. So
Kensington, the stress is on the first syllable Kensington. Now rather helpfully locals actually
just say South Ken. You don’t even need to say Kensington, you can just say I’m going
to South Ken’ and they will know what you are talking about. How wonderful is that?
So let’s all go to South Ken. This station is on the south side of the river
and it’s located next to MI6 which features in one of the James Bond films. Now the way
to pronounce this is Vauxhall. So two sounds Vauxhall. Stress is on the first syllable,
Vauxhall station. Possibly the world’s most famous shop Harrods is located in Knightsbridge.
So if you want to visit Harrods you’ll probably go to Knightsbridge station. So let’s say
that together Knightsbridge. So the stress is on the first syllable there Knightsbridge. One of London’s most popular markets is Borough
market and it’s located in the area of Borough. So there is a station called Borough. Now
the pronunciation is different from the way it’s spelled so it’s actually much easier
to say than it looks. So it’s two sounds Borough, stress is on the first syllable Borough. Although
actually if you are going to Borough Market your best bet is to go to London Bridge station
because it is literally right there so go to London Bridge it’s probably a much easier
walk. If you visiting the river Thames and particularly
the London Eye you might well go to Embankment station. Three sounds Embankment. Now the
t at the end there, the t, you should probably pronounce it Embankment, in reality when I’m
saying it I’ll drop that t, Embankment. I’m going to Embankment. I’ll see you at Embankment.
The stress is on the second syllable Embankment. Now the clue of the location is in the name.
An Embankment is a bank of earth that stops river flooding so it’s up against the river
to stop it from flooding so Embankment is next to the river. Embankment. Sometimes English
makes sense. Just south of the river and really centrally
located is Southwark. Not South Walk, Southwark. If you love shopping you will also want to
go to London’s biggest shopping centre Westfield. Now there are two Westfields one is in Stratford
and the other one is in Shepherd’s Bush. So let’s get that pronunciation again Shepherd’s
Bush. Let’s finish this off with two more major train stations the first one Waterloo,
the stress there is on the last syllable Waterloo. Ok and finally Kings Cross St Pancras. This
was made famous by Harry Potter, he used to get his train from Kings Cross. So we have
Kings Cross and then St Pancras. Now it’s one tube station Kings Cross St Pancras but
when you get out at Kings Cross St Pancras there are two different main line train stations.
You’ve got Kings Cross which goes up north and you’ve got St Pancras which you can get
the Eurostar and go to Paris or Brussels or wherever. So it’s a pretty busy train station
to go to. Kings Cross St Pancras. Alright Eat Sleep Dreamer how was that? I’d love to
know in the comments below which one do you find the hardest to say? So write that in
the comments below and write down any other train stations that you’d like me to pronounce.
I can do a part two maybe to this video, so let me know which tube stations would you
like me to pronounce for you. Guys remember to check out my Facebook page and my Instagram
account. I put daily English content on there so that you can learn English every single
day. How good is that? and also remember that I put new videos out every Tuesday and every
Friday helping you take your English to the next level. This is Tom, the Chief Dreamer,
saying goodbye.

100 thoughts on “How to Pronounce 20 London Underground Stations


    Photo credit – Creative Commons License 2.0 (CC BY-SA 2.0) 1. NAPARAZZI London Underground 2. CAPTAIN ROGER FENTON public domain London Underground.

  2. Stand clear of the doors and mind the gap! How’s that after being 26 years in the North.

  3. Who is he? He reminds me of the El-Ra-Ha-driving teacher in the film "Happy go lucky"

  4. For Marylebone, many Londoners say 'marry-le-bone' rather than 'marr-li-bone'. Both are accepted. In fact the latter pronunciation is more old fashioned.

  5. In the map right behind you is Gloucester Road! How did you miss it??

  6. This is fun. Love your voice. Learned a couple of new things!

    You take care now, ya here?

  7. Even Londoners miss pronounce Plaistow station. They pronounce as they read, but actually I is silent and A is pronounced as R. Plrstow

  8. Ayee keep it up bro. I'm half English half American, grew up in the states. Love ur vids

  9. As a New Yorker, I'm curious to know why Londoners intentionally change the pronunciation Vaux[hall] from the French [rhymes with faux] to [vox]?? or [Theydon] Bois as "boys" & not" boo-ah". Is this because you want to thumb your noses to the French in reference to the 100 yrs War and War of the Roses?? It would be interesting to hear how North Americans from Canada & the US pronounce these stations. Especially the US since our regional accents shift almost dramatically

  10. I recently read King Solomon's carpet and pronouncing the names of trainstations and neighborhoods was a pain. Thanks for this video

  11. When I visited London last year, my station was the Gloucester. I noticed that when we were arriving there, the pronunciation wasn't the way I expected. But now, after watching your video, I realized that it happens the same thing with Leicester. Am I right? By the way, my name's Maria, from Brazil.

  12. I was amazed hearing names of stations – in tube. I think you sound differently than this woman voice – is this just matter of accent?

  13. I loved it when I asked my Scottish friend to "talk slower"…….hahahahaah oh he was cute

  14. This guy has no idea what "stress" means. The stress is on "(insert part of word)", which he's stressing completely different.

  15. I wonder why the a in charming cross is more sounding like oa instead of an a like in paddington

  16. Holborn… was the only one that fooled me… I wanted to pronounce the 'l' !!!
    (I'm from South Australia & we have a lot of town/suburb names that originate in the UK…)

  17. A pointless exercise, no need to pronounce anything, thousands of people ride the system everyday without asking or speaking to anybody, especially as the tube ticket offices have been closed, you look at the tube map or your smartphone, you see the destination, you start heading to it, you pay electronically at the gates, cashless with no interaction, stations are announced and also often displayed in the train.

  18. Theydon Bois Council and Parish disagree as they won many Rural Community Council of Essex "Essex Best Kept Village Competitions"

  19. Why do Youtube presenters stand one foot away and bark loudly at the camera? We aren't deaf and this isn't a soapbox at Speaker's Corner.

  20. Tom would you please put the phonetic spelling of those words in your box,!🌸

  21. Love the Tube. Thanks for this. I'm glad to hear I pronounced all of these correctly. Of course, while I'm American, I'm from Boston originally and our accent for pronunciation is quite the same! It helps that we have a Gloucester, a Leominster, a Dedham, etc.

  22. Pretty sure the "ham" is from "hamlet" as in "small village" but well, I'm a Yank .. we don't really do English.

  23. I need to refer this video to my Italian friends in London. They often pronounce names of places with all the vowel sounds as they do in their language. It’s funny how they pronunce Southwark or Piccadilly Circus. I often laugh before giving corrections

  24. How does one pronounce this station name :- "Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch" ?

  25. He has a fake London accent, more Estuary,
    Londoners tend to pronounce Birmingham, not "Birmingum" but "Bermenum" And my London family mocked me for calling Marylebone, "MarrlEbone" (sniggering at a Jamaican accent) insisting it actually is Mary Le Bonne.
    I fancy this bloke grew up in Aldershot or Hemel

  26. growing up in Croydon we pronounced " th" as F. !my mother told me off abut it, its th!

  27. The bloke can pronounce his own language properly and presents himself as some kind of expert!

  28. If Ham is written separately then the whole word is pronounced. So east ham is spoken as east ham not east-em

  29. There’s no such thing as ‘a local’ in London nowdays. All born & bred cockneys are extinct and been replaced with hipster mockney’s who grew up way outside the M25.

  30. They're all easy to say now that I have listened to and mimicked your pronunciation. Thank you so much! Subscribed.

  31. Learning english I found really difficult. As a romanian we have by default the accent but from this channel i managed to take out what words i need to learn . The theme on each video its not essential if you are a god listener you will be able to learn it . Thumbs up .( not in case in black country ) That english is not english LOL

  32. Some of these stations has tottaly pronunciation of what I was expecting. Good to know. Learning a language is a proccess that never ends!

  33. Really useful video. I was staying at vauxhall. I mean air b&b. I was taken film about it .

  34. Interesting ! My ancestors came from Falmouth, England in the 1700s to the U.S.

  35. Jeez ! This is so confusing! They should really change the spelling of some stations to make them more consistent and logical for all English Speaking visitors. Leicester => Lester, Marylebone => Marlebone, Holborn => Hollbun, Greenwhich => Grennitch, Vauxhall => Vauxal, Borough => Barrow, Southwark => Sutherk. How can you seriously expect foreigners to tell theses names correctly if you persist in keeping this weird and outdated orthography???

  36. Funny how the rest of the country pronounces London as Shit hole ! Or maybe Londonistan !,if they’re even giving a toss that is , which they ain’t !

  37. Brilliant way of showing the nuances of English… I missed Earl’s Court, Fulham, Camden Town, Hampstead Heath….
    B.t.w. You are very handsome

  38. Ironically, this video has mis-pronounced these names.
    You stated that this is how you say it in a London accent, which doesn't necessarily mean you're pronouncing them correctly:
    Corrections are as follows: 
    It's not "Tottnam". It is "Tottenam".
    It's not "Mar-le-bone". It's "Marry-Le-Bone".
    You can also say "hole-born" although the "hole" is said quicker than you'd say "hole".

  39. Well i am from india…live in india now….but a few golden years of my life i spent in that city…London…very close to my heart….and yes i can pronounce even Llandudno just like the Welsh do…

  40. Wow you made my day😊 I love London. I've been in London more times than I can remember but last time was 26 years ago. Well, your video has brought me so funny, sweet, romantic memories. And I have enjoyed testing myself 😄 and saying Oh I've lived there, and there, and OMG I had forgotten I have lived here as well! Lived, loved, worked, studied….
    So thank you and…
    Who was the writer or poet who said When a man is tired of London he's tired if life? … he was thinking of me 😊
    Ta ra

  41. Repeat after me:
    'Rail placement 'bus service.'
    'This train is being withdrawn from service, all change place.'
    'We are being held at a red light, they don't know how long we'll be.'
    'The network is suffering extreme delays.'

  42. Although most older generation people will refer to Railway Stations where you get your tickets and trains become stationary for you to board or alight from.

  43. I thought you were going to do Plaistow etc, but yes it's good to be reminded that I too once had to learn how to pronounce Tottenham Court Road even if I was around five at the time…

  44. Nice, but its a pity the presenter says PRO NOUNC[e] IATION, rather than the correct PRO NUN CIATION , yes the root words are PRO NOUNCE which is pronounced 'PRO NOUNCE', but the PRO NUN CIATION is different from its two roots. I mention this not in the spirit of pedantry but because the vidio is about pronunciation.

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