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London’s Alleys and Passages - Archive Articles

A long-running series of articles about the many tiny alleys and passages that can be found all over London.

London’s Alleys: Ham Yard, W1
London’s Alleys: Ham Yard, W1

London’s Alleys: Ham Yard, W1

This upmarket looking Soho passageway lined with posh shops and a hotel is a far cry from what it looked like just a decade ago -- as one of the last remaining WWII bomb sites in central London.

May
20
London’s Alleys: Oriel Court, NW3
London’s Alleys: Oriel Court, NW3

London’s Alleys: Oriel Court, NW3

This is a short but charmingly cobbled little passage in Hampstead that unexpectedly leads to a cluster of hidden cottages.

May
13
London’s Alleys: Jockey’s Fields, WC1
London’s Alleys: Jockey’s Fields, WC1

London’s Alleys: Jockey’s Fields, WC1

This equestrian-named passage near Holborn isn't named after jockeys, as we think of them today, riding horses in races, but it is related to horses as a mode of transport.

Apr
29
London’s Alleys: Albemarle Way, EC1
London’s Alleys: Albemarle Way, EC1

London’s Alleys: Albemarle Way, EC1

This is a Clerkenwell alley that seems likely to owe its origins to the dissolution of the monasteries and the sell-off of their land.

Apr
22
London’s Alleys: Cavendish Court, EC2/EC3
London’s Alleys: Cavendish Court, EC2/EC3

London’s Alleys: Cavendish Court, EC2/EC3

This is a narrow winding alley close to Liverpool Street station that's been here in some shape or form since Tudor times.

Apr
15
London’s Alleys: Holly Mount Steps, NW3
London’s Alleys: Holly Mount Steps, NW3

London’s Alleys: Holly Mount Steps, NW3

This is a pretty little winding passage, with, unsurprisingly, a lot of steps that run from the main Hampstead streets up the hill to Holly Mount and the locally famous Holly Bush pub.

Apr
08
London’s Alleys: Hogarth Place, SW5
London’s Alleys: Hogarth Place, SW5

London’s Alleys: Hogarth Place, SW5

The passage is also one of the oldest in the Earl's Court part of London, appearing long before the rest of the area was developed.

Mar
25
London’s Alleys: Padbury Court, E2
London’s Alleys: Padbury Court, E2

London’s Alleys: Padbury Court, E2

This mixed passageway in Bethnal Green echoes many post-war areas, lined with cobbled paving and remnants of old buildings, but also a long row of 1960s flats.

Mar
18
London’s Alleys: Red Cow Yard, EC1
London’s Alleys: Red Cow Yard, EC1

London’s Alleys: Red Cow Yard, EC1

This is an exceptionally short stump of an alley on Old Street that resembles a post-war gap where a house wasn't rebuilt until you spot the street name sign and realise it's the remains of a once slightly longer passage.

Mar
11
London’s Alleys: Coach House Yard, NW3
London’s Alleys: Coach House Yard, NW3

London’s Alleys: Coach House Yard, NW3

This small covered entrance to a small Hampstead courtyard seems to have slipped through history, leaving barely a disturbance in its wake.

Mar
04
London’s Alleys: Miniver Place, EC4
London’s Alleys: Miniver Place, EC4

London’s Alleys: Miniver Place, EC4

This is a very short alley just to the south of Mansion House tube station that was recently refurbished but also sealed off.

Feb
26
London’s Alleys: Angel Alley, E1
London’s Alleys: Angel Alley, E1

London’s Alleys: Angel Alley, E1

This is a short, characterful, dead-end alley in Whitechapel with a very rich history.

Feb
19
London’s Alleys: Streatley Place, NW3
London’s Alleys: Streatley Place, NW3

London’s Alleys: Streatley Place, NW3

This busy back alley winds through Hampstead with lots of steps and a distinctive chimney landmark to look out for.

Feb
12
Londons Alleys: Anchor Yard, EC1
Londons Alleys: Anchor Yard, EC1

Londons Alleys: Anchor Yard, EC1

This short cobbled passage off Old Street is the surviving remnant of a once much longer alley.

Feb
05
London’s Alleys: Rose and Crown Court, EC2
London’s Alleys: Rose and Crown Court, EC2

London’s Alleys: Rose and Crown Court, EC2

This is an alley close to St Paul's Cathedral that owes its origins to a long lost churchyard.

Jan
29
London’s Alleys: Cree Church Buildings, EC3
London’s Alleys: Cree Church Buildings, EC3

London’s Alleys: Cree Church Buildings, EC3

This covered passage near Aldgate leads to a courtyard that was once a garden for the neighbouring church, St Katherine Cree.

Jan
22
London’s Alleys: Old Brewery Mews, NW3
London’s Alleys: Old Brewery Mews, NW3

London’s Alleys: Old Brewery Mews, NW3

This is a Hampstead alley that gives away its history the moment you look at it, with a covered entrance proudly announcing a brewery was here.

Jan
15
London’s Alleys: White Horse Yard, EC2
London’s Alleys: White Horse Yard, EC2

London’s Alleys: White Horse Yard, EC2

This is an alley in the heart of the City that likely has been around since the Great Fire of London, but seems to have left barely an echo in the historical records.

Jan
08
London’s Alleys: Well Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: Well Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: Well Court, EC4

This is an alley near Bank in the City of London with two very different appearances because until recently, it was two separate alleys.

Dec
18
2023
London’s Alleys: Christchurch Passage, NW3
London’s Alleys: Christchurch Passage, NW3

London’s Alleys: Christchurch Passage, NW3

This is a narrow passage in Hampstead that, unsurprisingly for its name, runs past a large church, and then over a hill and back down past blocks of housing.

Dec
11
2023
London’s Alleys: Tavistock Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Tavistock Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Tavistock Court, WC2

This is an alley in Covent Garden I suspect many readers will know when they see it, even if they never noticed its name -- as it runs alongside the London Transport Museum.

Dec
04
2023
London’s Alleys: Golden Yard, NW3
London’s Alleys: Golden Yard, NW3

London’s Alleys: Golden Yard, NW3

This is a very well hidden and pretty courtyard space that can be found off another alley just moments from Hampstead tube station.

Nov
27
2023
London’s Alleys: John Milton Passage, EC4
London’s Alleys: John Milton Passage, EC4

London’s Alleys: John Milton Passage, EC4

This is a short modern passage near St Paul's Cathedral, obviously named after the English poet, John Milton, most famous for his 1667 epic, Paradise Lost.

Nov
20
2023
London’s Alleys: Well Passage, NW3
London’s Alleys: Well Passage, NW3

London’s Alleys: Well Passage, NW3

This is a steep alley between grand houses in Hampstead, and is notable for the medicinal well at the bottom of the slope.

Nov
13
2023