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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: Herbal Hill, EC1
London’s Alleys: Herbal Hill, EC1

London’s Alleys: Herbal Hill, EC1

A fairly steep little passageway that's wide enough to be a road, was originally an extension of Saffron Hill to the south.

Jun
25
2018
London’s Alleys: Hat and Mitre Court, EC1
London’s Alleys: Hat and Mitre Court, EC1

London’s Alleys: Hat and Mitre Court, EC1

One of the joys of London are the alleys with wonderful names, and this is perfect example of one that can be found near Clerkenwell.

Jun
18
2018
London’s Alleys: Greenhill Rents, EC1
London’s Alleys: Greenhill Rents, EC1

London’s Alleys: Greenhill Rents, EC1

A sanitized road that was once much less posh and an awful lot longer.

Jun
11
2018
London’s Alleys: Passing Alley, EC1
London’s Alleys: Passing Alley, EC1

London’s Alleys: Passing Alley, EC1

When all around Clerkenwell was fields and churches, a path ran through the cornflowers. Today where all is built up, that ancient path still carves a narrow path through the buildings.

Jun
04
2018
London’s Alleys: Bull Inn Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Bull Inn Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Bull Inn Court, WC2

This is the story of an alley called Bull Inn Court which is today most famous for containing a pub, which is not called the Bull Inn.

May
28
2018
London’s Alleys: Gwynne Place, WC1
London’s Alleys: Gwynne Place, WC1

London’s Alleys: Gwynne Place, WC1

This might not look like much, but this little place and set of steps are rich in history, and deep in subsidence.

May
21
2018
London’s Alleys: Warwick Passage, EC4
London’s Alleys: Warwick Passage, EC4

London’s Alleys: Warwick Passage, EC4

A covered alley that runs underneath the Old Bailey court rooms with a concealed entrance for the public to go inside, this is Warwick Passage.

May
14
2018
London’s Alleys: St Augustine’s Path
London’s Alleys: St Augustine’s Path

London’s Alleys: St Augustine’s Path

A narrow alley that provides a convenient link between two parallel roads, and which as far as I can tell, has never been used by St Augustine.

May
07
2018
London’s Alleys: Amoy Place, E14
London’s Alleys: Amoy Place, E14

London’s Alleys: Amoy Place, E14

If this alley sounds vaguely Chinese, then it's no surprise as it's part of the old Limehouse Chinatown before Chinatown migrated to Soho.

Apr
30
2018
London’s Alleys: Hen and Chicken Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: Hen and Chicken Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: Hen and Chicken Court, EC4

This modest and in its own way pleasant little back alley is notable not just for its curious name, but for being associated with the infamous Demon Barber, Sweeney Todd.

Apr
23
2018
London’s Alleys: Castle Court, EC3
London’s Alleys: Castle Court, EC3

London’s Alleys: Castle Court, EC3

This is one of those seemingly ancient alleys that the City of London is so rich in, yet almost impossible to find anything about.

Apr
16
2018
London’s Alleys: Harringay Passage, N4
London’s Alleys: Harringay Passage, N4

London’s Alleys: Harringay Passage, N4

At just under a mile in length, this is the longest alley in London, and predates the area which is today known as the Harringay Ladder due to the way the street layout looks like a ladder.

Apr
09
2018
London’s Alleys: Priest’s Court, EC2
London’s Alleys: Priest’s Court, EC2

London’s Alleys: Priest’s Court, EC2

This is an alley in two halves, with a narrow older half full of character and a very modern wider half that, well, lacks much to say about it.

Apr
02
2018
London’s Alleys: New Bell Yard, EC4
London’s Alleys: New Bell Yard, EC4

London’s Alleys: New Bell Yard, EC4

This yard is New, and looks it, but also on the site of an old, but at the time never so called, Bell Yard.

Mar
26
2018
London’s Alleys: Sugar Bakers Court, EC3
London’s Alleys: Sugar Bakers Court, EC3

London’s Alleys: Sugar Bakers Court, EC3

This rather small dead-end of an alley is in an area of London that is surprisingly rich in ancient history, but also offers an amazing view of a modern landmark.

Mar
19
2018
London’s Alleys: Church Entry, EC4
London’s Alleys: Church Entry, EC4

London’s Alleys: Church Entry, EC4

This short alley, and indeed most of the surrounding land lies within the late 13th-century Blackfriars friary, which in its time was one of the largest single sites within the old City of London.

Mar
12
2018
London’s Alleys: Shepherdess Place, N1
London’s Alleys: Shepherdess Place, N1

London’s Alleys: Shepherdess Place, N1

This alley is notable for appearing in a very famous song, of which most of us know just one line - Pop! goes the weasel.

Mar
05
2018
London’s Alleys: Pedley Street Arch, E1
London’s Alleys: Pedley Street Arch, E1

London’s Alleys: Pedley Street Arch, E1

A curiosity of what is more usually called Pedley Street Arch is that it's not on Pedley Street at all, but Fleet Street Hill, and what is called Pedley Street used to be Weaver Street, and what was Pedley Street...

Feb
26
2018
London’s Alleys: Hartshorn Alley, EC3
London’s Alleys: Hartshorn Alley, EC3

London’s Alleys: Hartshorn Alley, EC3

This is both delightful, in a 1980s sort of way, and yet somewhat perplexing alley in the City of London.

Feb
19
2018
London’s Alleys: Mason’s Yard, SW1
London’s Alleys: Mason’s Yard, SW1

London’s Alleys: Mason’s Yard, SW1

This is a space that will be very familiar to art fans, and a mystery to many, for this hidden square in posh St James is also home to a very famous art gallery.

Feb
12
2018
London’s Alleys: Crown Passage, SW1
London’s Alleys: Crown Passage, SW1

London’s Alleys: Crown Passage, SW1

A picturesque alley that's lined with ancient shops and inns, and within staggering distance of royal palaces and posh clubs.

Feb
05
2018
London’s Alleys: Rose Alley, EC2
London’s Alleys: Rose Alley, EC2

London’s Alleys: Rose Alley, EC2

This easily overlooked gap in a row of shabby shops opposite Liverpool Street station is one of my favourite London alleys, because it's awful.

Jan
29
2018
London’s Alleys – Doby Court, EC4
London’s Alleys – Doby Court, EC4

London’s Alleys – Doby Court, EC4

This is a peculiar little thing, being two alleys separated by an ancient City of London street.

Jan
22
2018
London’s Alleys – Mile End Place, E1
London’s Alleys – Mile End Place, E1

London’s Alleys – Mile End Place, E1

Hidden in a side street off busy Mile End road is a tiny enclave of cute cottages, surrounded by death.

Jan
15
2018