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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: Chichester Rents, WC2
London’s Alleys: Chichester Rents, WC2

London’s Alleys: Chichester Rents, WC2

This rather dramatic and modern looking alley is a modern redevelopment of an alley that can trace its heritage back to the original developments along Chancery Lane.

Jul
01
2019
London’s Alleys: Fairchild Place, EC2
London’s Alleys: Fairchild Place, EC2

London’s Alleys: Fairchild Place, EC2

A short side street next to a disused railway in Shoreditch has a complicated history.

Jun
24
2019
London’s Alleys: Panyer Alley, EC2
London’s Alleys: Panyer Alley, EC2

London’s Alleys: Panyer Alley, EC2

An alley that can be traced all the way back to Tudor London, with a famously enigmatic stone plaque on one wall.

Jun
17
2019
London’s Alleys: Dyer’s Buildings, EC1
London’s Alleys: Dyer’s Buildings, EC1

London’s Alleys: Dyer’s Buildings, EC1

This slightly posh looking alley off Holborn is a recent redevelopment of a series of much older buildings, and the alley itself is ancient.

Jun
10
2019
London’s Alleys: Three Cups Yard, WC1
London’s Alleys: Three Cups Yard, WC1

London’s Alleys: Three Cups Yard, WC1

This short alley through a pub gateway is a pale shadow of its much larger past, where old warehouses and shops are now achingly expensive flats.

Jun
03
2019
London’s Alleys: Ely Court, EC1
London’s Alleys: Ely Court, EC1

London’s Alleys: Ely Court, EC1

This is an ancient alley of legendary status and about which many myths have been written.

May
27
2019
London’s Alleys: George Court WC2
London’s Alleys: George Court WC2

London’s Alleys: George Court WC2

A short alley near Charing Cross that is today probably more famous for its sole commercial occupant, the Retro Pub.

May
20
2019
London’s Alleys: Sebright Passage, E2
London’s Alleys: Sebright Passage, E2

London’s Alleys: Sebright Passage, E2

This is an alley way leading to a well known local pub, and was named after a rich philanthropist who left land around here to charity.

May
13
2019
London’s Alleys: Cheshire Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: Cheshire Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: Cheshire Court, EC4

This short narrow alley off Fleet Street has seen some of the most famous names in history walk down it's narrow path, for there's a pub door down here that's legendary.

May
06
2019
London’s Alleys: Bartholomew Passage, EC1
London’s Alleys: Bartholomew Passage, EC1

London’s Alleys: Bartholomew Passage, EC1

This is a short alleyway that runs behind St-Bartholomew-the-Great Church, and in front of a very modern Livery Hall.

Apr
22
2019
London’s Alleys: Cockpit Steps, SW1
London’s Alleys: Cockpit Steps, SW1

London’s Alleys: Cockpit Steps, SW1

Named after an inn and a dark period of history, this rather posh passage and charming steps can be found just around the corner from Parliament.

Apr
15
2019
London’s Alleys: Harp Alley, EC4
London’s Alleys: Harp Alley, EC4

London’s Alleys: Harp Alley, EC4

This is a fairly wide modern looking alley just off Fleet Street that follows a path which is traceable back to Tudor times.

Apr
08
2019
London’s Alleys: Abel’s Buildings, E1
London’s Alleys: Abel’s Buildings, E1

London’s Alleys: Abel’s Buildings, E1

This is an unmarked alley that runs under the DLR and railway tracks into Fenchurch Street and somehow survives as a narrow smelly dank alley way. So obviously, it's marvelous.

Mar
25
2019
London’s Alleys: Sussex Mews East, W2
London’s Alleys: Sussex Mews East, W2

London’s Alleys: Sussex Mews East, W2

This is a sunken alley that sits on a site that was extensively redeveloped in the late 1930s and 1960s.

Mar
18
2019
London’s Alleys: Patten Alley, TW10
London’s Alleys: Patten Alley, TW10

London’s Alleys: Patten Alley, TW10

A long narrow brick lined path, Patten Alley marks one of the original paths through the open fields of 17th century Richmond. 

Mar
11
2019
London’s Alleys: Tweezers Alley, WC2
London’s Alleys: Tweezers Alley, WC2

London’s Alleys: Tweezers Alley, WC2

This is both a brand new road and an ancient alley that can be traced back at least 800 years, and a ceremony that has taken place every year since then.

Mar
04
2019
London’s Alleys: Maggie Blake’s Cause, SE1
London’s Alleys: Maggie Blake’s Cause, SE1

London’s Alleys: Maggie Blake’s Cause, SE1

This short alley near Tower Bridge is a delightful passage to the Thames, but was very nearly sealed off.

Feb
25
2019
London’s Alleys: Woburn Walk, WC1
London’s Alleys: Woburn Walk, WC1

London’s Alleys: Woburn Walk, WC1

Woburn Walk is a charming pedestrian street that is surprisingly found just opposite Euston Station.

Feb
18
2019
London’s Alleys: Colonnade, WC1
London’s Alleys: Colonnade, WC1

London’s Alleys: Colonnade, WC1

Colonnade (sometimes Mews) is a narrow length of pleasing road that's rather well hidden despite being right next to a central London tube station.

Feb
04
2019
London’s Alleys: Lewisham Street, SW1H
London’s Alleys: Lewisham Street, SW1H

London’s Alleys: Lewisham Street, SW1H

This is a fairly difficult to trace alley that seems to be ancient heritage, but is probably quite modern.

Jan
28
2019
London’s Alleys: Warwick Court, WC1
London’s Alleys: Warwick Court, WC1

London’s Alleys: Warwick Court, WC1

This alley with a mix of modern and old buildings is a legacy of an impressive house and impressive bombing raids during WW2.

Jan
21
2019
London’s Alleys: St Peter’s Alley, EC3
London’s Alleys: St Peter’s Alley, EC3

London’s Alleys: St Peter’s Alley, EC3

This seemingly fairly modern looking alley is actually one of the oldest in London, and potentially dates from pre-Saxon London.

Jan
14
2019
London’s Alleys: St Paul’s Alley, EC4
London’s Alleys: St Paul’s Alley, EC4

London’s Alleys: St Paul’s Alley, EC4

This is London's shortest alley, and also one that you can't actually walk down any more as modern gates replicate a medieval barrier.

Jan
07
2019
London’s Alleys: Swedeland Court, EC2
London’s Alleys: Swedeland Court, EC2

London’s Alleys: Swedeland Court, EC2

Swedeland Court is a very narrow passage that is very easy to miss, even as it sits right next to a landmark pub for the area opposite Liverpool Street station.

Dec
31
2018