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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 – 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
London’s Alleys – Coleman Street Buildings
London’s Alleys – Coleman Street Buildings

London’s Alleys – Coleman Street Buildings

This alley is structurally modern, but has the air of an old church undercroft in its design, and lies on the site of a much older alley.

Jul
24
2017
London’s Alleys – St Stephen’s Row
London’s Alleys – St Stephen’s Row

London’s Alleys – St Stephen’s Row

The majestic imposing bulk of Mansion House conceals a charming alley hidden behind its walls, and splitting the secular home of the Lord Mayor of London from the ancient church behind.

Jul
17
2017
London Alleys – Essex Street Steps
London Alleys – Essex Street Steps

London Alleys – Essex Street Steps

This is probably the grandest entrance that has ever been constructed to what is just a short set of steps between two roads.

Jul
10
2017
London Alleys – The Nameless Alley
London Alleys – The Nameless Alley

London Alleys – The Nameless Alley

There is a nameless alley in London. It wont appear on any maps. It appears and vanishes seemingly randomly, moving without moving.

Jul
03
2017
London’s Alleys – Spital Yard
London’s Alleys – Spital Yard

London’s Alleys – Spital Yard

Just off the busy main road running between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch is a short little alleyway with a small dose of history about it.

Jun
26
2017
London’s Alleys – Prudent Passage
London’s Alleys – Prudent Passage

London’s Alleys – Prudent Passage

This is a rather curious little alley, offering a convenient if easy to miss passage between two side streets.

Jun
19
2017
London’s Alleys – Lovers Walk
London’s Alleys – Lovers Walk

London’s Alleys – Lovers Walk

There's a wooded pathway that is not called Lovers Walk, but that's what everyone other than the original planner now calls it.

Jun
12
2017
London’s Alleys – Post Office Court
London’s Alleys – Post Office Court

London’s Alleys – Post Office Court

You wont be surprised to learn that this alley is named after the actual Post Office, as this site used to be its headquarters.

Jun
05
2017
London’s Alleys – Lumley Court
London’s Alleys – Lumley Court

London’s Alleys – Lumley Court

If you walk along the north side of The Strand you cannot help but notice a number of small alleys, some rather delightful, but this is Lumley Court, where you are exhorted to speak with hushed tones.

May
29
2017
London’s Alleys – Talbot Court
London’s Alleys – Talbot Court

London’s Alleys – Talbot Court

This is one of the larger alleys in London, and one which is very heavily used, thanks to hosting a number of businesses, and a rather fine pub.

May
22
2017
London’s Alleys – Nicholas Passage
London’s Alleys – Nicholas Passage

London’s Alleys – Nicholas Passage

Running, not inappropriately, from Nicholas Lane, can be found this rather short little alleyway that takes you between a single block of offices over to Abchurch Lane.

May
15
2017
London’s Alleys – Pope’s Head Alley
London’s Alleys – Pope’s Head Alley

London’s Alleys – Pope’s Head Alley

This alley has the distinction of being involved indirectly in King Henry's break from Rome and appeared in Pepy's Diary.

May
08
2017
London’s Alleys – Great Eastern Walkway
London’s Alleys – Great Eastern Walkway

London’s Alleys – Great Eastern Walkway

Hidden behind the tall offices that run along Liverpool Street Station can be found a surprising hidden walkway.

Apr
23
2017
London’s Alleys – Fitzroy Court
London’s Alleys – Fitzroy Court

London’s Alleys – Fitzroy Court

If you were to head up Tottenham Court Road towards Warren Street tube station, you might notice a small alley way.

Jun
11
2016
Goodwin’s Court – London’s “real” Diagon Alley
Goodwin’s Court – London’s “real” Diagon Alley

Goodwin’s Court – London’s “real” Diagon Alley

In the world of Harry Potter is a place - a magical place full of Dickensian shops for the convenience of magicians and students - a place called Diagon Alley. Would it amaze you to learn that such a place actually exists in London?

Sep
27
2008
Of ancient paths, umbrellas and Chinese restaurants
Of ancient paths, umbrellas and Chinese restaurants

Of ancient paths, umbrellas and Chinese restaurants

The corner of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road is a place of considerable crush and bustle thanks to the very narrow pavement, tube entrance and market stalls trying to sell watches and tourist tatt. For that reason, when needing

Jan
12
2008