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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 – Ireland Yard, EC4
London’s Alleys – Ireland Yard, EC4

London’s Alleys – Ireland Yard, EC4

This small alley, with a very decorative pub conceals a lost history of religion, plays, and William Shakespeare.

Jan
08
2018
London’s Alleys – Crane Court, EC4
London’s Alleys – Crane Court, EC4

London’s Alleys – Crane Court, EC4

This rather modern looking and uninspiring alley near Fleet Street is however steeped in history, science and political intrigue.

Jan
01
2018
London’s Alleys – Cock Hill, E1
London’s Alleys – Cock Hill, E1

London’s Alleys – Cock Hill, E1

A name to conjure up a snigger, for there is indeed a giant cock on Cock Hill just around the corner from Liverpool Street Station.

Dec
25
2017
London’s Alleys – Mason’s Avenue, EC2
London’s Alleys – Mason’s Avenue, EC2

London’s Alleys – Mason’s Avenue, EC2

Most of London's little alleys are simply routes, from one place to another, few are destinations. But Mason's Avenue is a destination, in capital letters.

Dec
18
2017
London’s Alleys – Newcastle Court, EC4
London’s Alleys – Newcastle Court, EC4

London’s Alleys – Newcastle Court, EC4

On a side street of antiquity near Cannon Street station can be found a small yard set back behind imposing buildings, and the site once of the home of a notorious young nobleman.

Dec
11
2017
London’s Alleys – Barbon Alley, EC3
London’s Alleys – Barbon Alley, EC3

London’s Alleys – Barbon Alley, EC3

This modern looking alley is indeed modern, being the result of post-war clearance of the area which was badly damaged by a couple of high-explosive bombs during WW2.

Dec
04
2017
London’s Alleys – Blue Ball Yard, SW1
London’s Alleys – Blue Ball Yard, SW1

London’s Alleys – Blue Ball Yard, SW1

There are two entrances to this posh alley in St James, one for carriages, and one for pedestrians. The pedestrians get the better deal, with a reasonably grand entrance porch, and some of London's last remaining gas lamps.

Nov
27
2017
London’s Alleys – Groveland Court, EC4
London’s Alleys – Groveland Court, EC4

London’s Alleys – Groveland Court, EC4

This charming little alley is notable for the main feature that dominates the entire of one side, an old pub, which holds the oldest excise license in the City.

Nov
20
2017
London’s Alleys – Little Somerset Street, E1
London’s Alleys – Little Somerset Street, E1

London’s Alleys – Little Somerset Street, E1

This is a seemingly rather uninteresting passage, but is one that's steeped in a bloody history.

Nov
13
2017
London’s Alleys – Wardrobe Place, EC4
London’s Alleys – Wardrobe Place, EC4

London’s Alleys – Wardrobe Place, EC4

A delightful little courtyard can be found hidden away in the small maze of streets just to the south side of St Paul's Cathedral.

Nov
06
2017
London’s Alleys – Great Bell Alley, EC2
London’s Alleys – Great Bell Alley, EC2

London’s Alleys – Great Bell Alley, EC2

An alleyway exists just off Moorgate that has almost no redeeming features about it, other than its bland existence is, fortunately, a very short one.

Oct
30
2017
London’s Alleys – Shepherdess Walk, N1
London’s Alleys – Shepherdess Walk, N1

London’s Alleys – Shepherdess Walk, N1

There is a delightfully cute little alley that has been in this part of Hoxton ever since it was all fields, and yet its history is a total mystery.

Oct
23
2017
London’s Alleys – Gunthorpe Street, E1
London’s Alleys – Gunthorpe Street, E1

London’s Alleys – Gunthorpe Street, E1

This little Whitechapel alleyway is notorious, for it is one of the murder sites of the infamous Jack the Ripper.

Oct
16
2017
London’s Alleys – Three Cranes Walk, EC4
London’s Alleys – Three Cranes Walk, EC4

London’s Alleys – Three Cranes Walk, EC4

If you are taking a picturesque walk along the Thames, right in the heart of the City's office world can be found this very industrial section of pathway.

Oct
09
2017
London’s Alleys – Catherine Wheel Alley, E1
London’s Alleys – Catherine Wheel Alley, E1

London’s Alleys – Catherine Wheel Alley, E1

A narrow gap in the wall of shops opposite Liverpool Street Station leads into one of London's narrowest and most curiously named alleys.

Oct
02
2017
Pickering Place, SW1 – London’s Alleys and Passages
Pickering Place, SW1 – London’s Alleys and Passages

Pickering Place, SW1 – London’s Alleys and Passages

This is one of London's oldest and more famous alleys, with a foreign embassy, the occasional duel, brothels, famous authors and gambling all packed into a tiny space.

Sep
25
2017
London’s Alleys – Honey Lane, EC2
London’s Alleys – Honey Lane, EC2

London’s Alleys – Honey Lane, EC2

The Cheapside area of London is replete with names of former trades, and Honey Lane shouldn't need any explanation, yet it does.

Sep
18
2017
London’s Alley’s – Cotton’s Gardens, E2
London’s Alley’s – Cotton’s Gardens, E2

London’s Alley’s – Cotton’s Gardens, E2

This probably shouldn't be in the list, as it's a bit too wide for an alley, but it has a former alley at the end, and a very nice bit of heritage in the road.

Sep
11
2017
London’s Alleys – Steelyard Passage, EC4
London’s Alleys – Steelyard Passage, EC4

London’s Alleys – Steelyard Passage, EC4

This Victorian era brick arch underneath Cannon Street station looks mundane, but rich in hidden history.

Sep
04
2017
London’s Alleys – Whitechurch Passage, E1
London’s Alleys – Whitechurch Passage, E1

London’s Alleys – Whitechurch Passage, E1

This is a short alley with a curious habit of changing its name, having had at least three in its recorded existence.

Aug
28
2017
London’s Alleys – Fleur de Lis Street
London’s Alleys – Fleur de Lis Street

London’s Alleys – Fleur de Lis Street

Although called a street, this is in fact an alleyway, or at least, enough of it is to qualify.

Aug
21
2017
London’s Alleys – Parliament Court
London’s Alleys – Parliament Court

London’s Alleys – Parliament Court

A very narrow little alley offers a mix of rubbish, polite flats, graffiti and the back door to a historic synagogue.

Aug
14
2017
London’s Alleys – Golden Fleece Court
London’s Alleys – Golden Fleece Court

London’s Alleys – Golden Fleece Court

Dare you go on a quest for the Golden Fleece? For in Aldgate it is to be found, in an alley dark and treacherous.

Aug
07
2017
London’s Alleys – Fruiterers Passage
London’s Alleys – Fruiterers Passage

London’s Alleys – Fruiterers Passage

One of the smartest looking alleys in London is a passage underneath the northern side of Southwark Bridge, with ornate tiling, decorative panels and delightful lighting.

Jul
31
2017