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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: Crawford Passage, EC1
London’s Alleys: Crawford Passage, EC1

London’s Alleys: Crawford Passage, EC1

This alley just around the corner from Farringdon Station is the famous one with the weird double yellow lines.

Dec
16
2019
London’s Alleys: Moorgate Place, EC2
London’s Alleys: Moorgate Place, EC2

London’s Alleys: Moorgate Place, EC2

A short alley with a narrow covered passage that then curves around to a grand street with impressive buildings.

Dec
09
2019
London’s Alleys: Tokenhouse Yard, EC2
London’s Alleys: Tokenhouse Yard, EC2

London’s Alleys: Tokenhouse Yard, EC2

This alley is both long and grand, but also has an utterly delightful narrow tunnel at one end.

Dec
02
2019
London’s Alleys: Barbers Alley, E13
London’s Alleys: Barbers Alley, E13

London’s Alleys: Barbers Alley, E13

This long wide alley was an alley turned into a road and now back into an alley and passes to the north of a now demolished Tudor mansion in Plaistow.

Nov
25
2019
London’s Alleys: Corbet Place, E1
London’s Alleys: Corbet Place, E1

London’s Alleys: Corbet Place, E1

This is a narrow passage in Spitalfields that's the legacy of slum clearances in Victorian times.

Nov
18
2019
London’s Alleys: Long’s Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Long’s Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Long’s Court, WC2

This is one of those alleys that exist today purely to give access to back entrances and store rubbish. Yet it was once lined with houses and offices, and a very famous occupant.

Nov
11
2019
London’s Alleys: St Benet’s Place, EC3
London’s Alleys: St Benet’s Place, EC3

London’s Alleys: St Benet’s Place, EC3

The alley is named after the former parish of St Benet de Garscherche, later St Benet Gracechurch, a long since demolished City church.

Nov
04
2019
London’s Alleys: Dollar Bay Place, E14
London’s Alleys: Dollar Bay Place, E14

London’s Alleys: Dollar Bay Place, E14

This is an old alley route through the docks, with a name that's both a WW2 legacy, and a recently built tower block.

Oct
28
2019
London’s Alleys: Crescent Row, EC1
London’s Alleys: Crescent Row, EC1

London’s Alleys: Crescent Row, EC1

This is a curving narrow lane that runs behind rows of houses and offices just to the north of the Barbican estate.

Oct
21
2019
London’s Alleys: Keppel Row, SE1
London’s Alleys: Keppel Row, SE1

London’s Alleys: Keppel Row, SE1

Keppel Row is a formerly dingy alley in Southwark that's been recently refurbished.

Oct
14
2019
London’s Alleys: Hand Court, WC1
London’s Alleys: Hand Court, WC1

London’s Alleys: Hand Court, WC1

This is a modern looking alley that runs off Holborn, but like many of the area can date its origins to medieval London.

Oct
07
2019
London’s Alleys: Exchange Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Exchange Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Exchange Court, WC2

This is of the many little alleys that lead off from Strand as a legacy of the times the area was first developed.

Sep
30
2019
London’s Alleys: Hare Place, EC4
London’s Alleys: Hare Place, EC4

London’s Alleys: Hare Place, EC4

What looks like a short gap under some shops is an alley that used to be so much longer than it is today.

Sep
23
2019
London’s Alleys: Tower Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Tower Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Tower Court, WC2

This is a quiet little space just a heartbeat from the bustling Covent Garden.

Sep
16
2019
London’s Alleys: Angel Court, SW1
London’s Alleys: Angel Court, SW1

London’s Alleys: Angel Court, SW1

You're looking at the picture below and thinking this alley is going to be all about the pretty pub, but no, it's the boring snoring office block next door that's the protagonist in this alley tale.

Sep
09
2019
London’s Alleys: Newman’s Court, EC3
London’s Alleys: Newman’s Court, EC3

London’s Alleys: Newman’s Court, EC3

This narrow alley off Cornhill lined with a mix of old bricks opens to a court space, and was once home to the offices of Dicken's Ebenezer Scrooge

Sep
02
2019
London’s Alleys: Cosmo Place, WC1
London’s Alleys: Cosmo Place, WC1

London’s Alleys: Cosmo Place, WC1

This is an alley of mixed appearances, with a claimed link to the madness of King George III.

Aug
26
2019
London’s Alleys: Rose Court, E1
London’s Alleys: Rose Court, E1

London’s Alleys: Rose Court, E1

Rose Court is a rather unappealing alley that looks like it's probably modern but is a relic of older times. It's also sufficiently small as to rarely appear on any maps.

Aug
19
2019
London’s Alleys: Great Turnstile, WC2
London’s Alleys: Great Turnstile, WC2

London’s Alleys: Great Turnstile, WC2

This is the greater of three turnstile alleys in the Holborn area, although only greater in name not in stature.

Aug
12
2019
London’s Alleys: St Olave’s Court, EC2
London’s Alleys: St Olave’s Court, EC2

London’s Alleys: St Olave’s Court, EC2

This alley near the Guildhall seems to have been in existence since the 11th century.

Aug
05
2019
London’s Alleys: Cranbourn Alley, WC2
London’s Alleys: Cranbourn Alley, WC2

London’s Alleys: Cranbourn Alley, WC2

This short alley next to Leicester Square is undeniably the underbelly of the glitzy lights of the West End. A dingy space of back doors and air conditioning units, or dubious smells and garish signs. It's perfect.

Jul
29
2019
London’s Alleys: Whitcomb Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Whitcomb Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Whitcomb Court, WC2

This is one of those dirty alleys that that overflows with rubbish and mess, but it also has the moon in the midst of its grime and clutter.

Jul
22
2019
London’s Alleys: Quality Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Quality Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Quality Court, WC2

Quality Court off Chancery Lane is most appropriately named, being an upmarket concealed courtyard space.

Jul
15
2019
London’s Alleys: Ship and Mermaid Row, SE1
London’s Alleys: Ship and Mermaid Row, SE1

London’s Alleys: Ship and Mermaid Row, SE1

This vintage looking alley is probably named after the Ship and Mermaid public house which used to be at Snowsfields, and is today a curious curve around a corner, squeezed between social housing.

Jul
08
2019