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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: Billy Fury Way, NW6
London’s Alleys: Billy Fury Way, NW6

London’s Alleys: Billy Fury Way, NW6

This is an old path that appeared with the railways but only gained the name of a local celebrity fairly recently.

Dec
24
2018
London’s Alleys: Magdalen Passage, E1
London’s Alleys: Magdalen Passage, E1

London’s Alleys: Magdalen Passage, E1

A narrow open passageway that creates a convenient cross passage in the middle of two otherwise long unremitting roads.

Dec
17
2018
London’s Alleys: French Ordinary Court, EC3
London’s Alleys: French Ordinary Court, EC3

London’s Alleys: French Ordinary Court, EC3

An exceptionally atmospheric alley that burrows its way through history and deep under modern London.

Dec
10
2018
London’s Alleys: Bartholomew Place, EC1
London’s Alleys: Bartholomew Place, EC1

London’s Alleys: Bartholomew Place, EC1

This little courtyard set back from the street has an obscure history, but is thought to have a late medieval origin.

Dec
05
2018
London’s Alleys: Fernsbury Street alley, WC1
London’s Alleys: Fernsbury Street alley, WC1

London’s Alleys: Fernsbury Street alley, WC1

Officially, this charming little alley has no name, but I am naming it Fernsbury Street Alley, as it was almost an extension of Fernsbury Street itself.

Nov
26
2018
London’s Alleys: St Alfege Passage, SE10
London’s Alleys: St Alfege Passage, SE10

London’s Alleys: St Alfege Passage, SE10

Next to St Alfege's church in Greenwich is a passage, not surprisingly named after the church, but that's a relatively recent name for a much older path.

Nov
19
2018
London’s Alleys: Sugar Loaf Walk, E2
London’s Alleys: Sugar Loaf Walk, E2

London’s Alleys: Sugar Loaf Walk, E2

This is a rather bland, if convenient footpath in Bethnal Green, but one that marks ancient boundaries.

Nov
12
2018
London’s Alleys: Blue Boar Alley, E1
London’s Alleys: Blue Boar Alley, E1

London’s Alleys: Blue Boar Alley, E1

This is a relatively new addition to the streets of London, being a result of post-war clearance, and some recent upgrades.

Nov
05
2018
London’s Alleys: White Rose Court, E1
London’s Alleys: White Rose Court, E1

London’s Alleys: White Rose Court, E1

This insignificant little alley nonetheless has on its corner a relic of Spitalfields Jewish past.

Oct
29
2018
London’s Alleys: Artillery Passage, E1
London’s Alleys: Artillery Passage, E1

London’s Alleys: Artillery Passage, E1

This narrow picturesque alley in Spitalfields looks old and is indeed old, far older than it looks.

Oct
22
2018
London’s Alleys: Bengal Court, EC3
London’s Alleys: Bengal Court, EC3

London’s Alleys: Bengal Court, EC3

One of the best hidden of the City's alleys can be found through a small gap in a corner laying within a small maze of other alleys.

Oct
15
2018
London’s Alleys: Puma Court, E1
London’s Alleys: Puma Court, E1

London’s Alleys: Puma Court, E1

This wide and ancient alley is today a haven of heritage next to the bustling and crowded Commercial Street.

Oct
08
2018
London’s Alleys: Bear Alley, EC4
London’s Alleys: Bear Alley, EC4

London’s Alleys: Bear Alley, EC4

That rather unpromising looking alley may be today a facilities route for offices, but its heritage is ancient.

Oct
01
2018
London’s Alleys: Nottingham Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Nottingham Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Nottingham Court, WC2

This semi-convenient bypass for tourist central is rather modest for something named after the owner of Kensington Palace.

Sep
10
2018
London’s (narrowest) Alleys: Emerald Court, WC1
London’s (narrowest) Alleys: Emerald Court, WC1

London’s (narrowest) Alleys: Emerald Court, WC1

Welcome to London's narrowest alley, and it's not the one that most other people say is the narrowest alley in London.

Sep
03
2018
London’s Alleys: Star Alley, EC3
London’s Alleys: Star Alley, EC3

London’s Alleys: Star Alley, EC3

An ancient alley, on a modern alignment that will soon shift sideways, this is the astronomically named Star Alley.

Aug
27
2018
London’s Alleys: Hayward’s Place, EC1
London’s Alleys: Hayward’s Place, EC1

London’s Alleys: Hayward’s Place, EC1

This is a former road now split into a road and a pedestrianised footpath, linked by a covered walkway to St John's Street, and the site of the former Red Bull Theatre.

Aug
20
2018
London’s Alleys: Middleton Place, W1
London’s Alleys: Middleton Place, W1

London’s Alleys: Middleton Place, W1

The oldest surviving purely residential walkway in the West End, Middleton Place is actually a modern name for a much older passageway.

Aug
13
2018
London’s Alleys: York Place (formerly Of Alley), WC2
London’s Alleys: York Place (formerly Of Alley), WC2

London’s Alleys: York Place (formerly Of Alley), WC2

Welcome to York Place, for that's its modern name, yet it used to be curiously called Of Alley, and why it was so called is just as curious as the name itself.

Aug
06
2018
London’s Alleys: Blue Anchor Alley, TW9
London’s Alleys: Blue Anchor Alley, TW9

London’s Alleys: Blue Anchor Alley, TW9

One of the ancient paths that used to slip between fields when all around Richmond was fields and Palaces.

Jul
30
2018
London’s Alleys: Devereux Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Devereux Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Devereux Court, WC2

This is a passageway that wavers from wide open court to narrow rubbish filled alley, and is named after a traitor.

Jul
23
2018
London’s Alleys: Tyler’s Court, W1
London’s Alleys: Tyler’s Court, W1

London’s Alleys: Tyler’s Court, W1

This barely noticeable crack in the tall buildings on Wardour Street is Tyler's Court, home to werewolves and vampires.

Jul
16
2018
London’s Alleys: White Horse Alley, EC1
London’s Alleys: White Horse Alley, EC1

London’s Alleys: White Horse Alley, EC1

This short little alley certainly brings home the bacon, as conceals a vast modern courtyard, which was until recently the old Danish Bacon warehouse.

Jul
09
2018
London’s Alleys: Lovat Lane, EC3
London’s Alleys: Lovat Lane, EC3

London’s Alleys: Lovat Lane, EC3

A ancient winding path down a slope lined with cobbles in the City with a "famous wren church" in the middle, what's not to love about Lovat Lane?

Jul
02
2018