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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: Buckingham Arcade, WC2
London’s Alleys: Buckingham Arcade, WC2

London’s Alleys: Buckingham Arcade, WC2

This covered passage runs through a block of buildings on Strand, giving access to the grander buildings behind.

Oct
16
2023
London’s Alleys: St Michael’s Alley, EC3
London’s Alleys: St Michael’s Alley, EC3

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

This winding passage snakes around a cluster of alleys in the City and is probably more famous for the former coffee house that can be found here.

Oct
09
2023
London’s Alleys: Plumtree Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: Plumtree Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: Plumtree Court, EC4

This is a fairly wide modern rebuild of an old alley near Holborn that came into existence around 300 years ago.

Oct
02
2023
London’s Alleys: Langley Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Langley Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Langley Court, WC2

This is an annoying alley in Covent Garden that's been here for centuries and left scarcely a mark in the history books.

Sep
25
2023
London’s Alleys: Christys’ Walk, SE1
London’s Alleys: Christys’ Walk, SE1

London’s Alleys: Christys’ Walk, SE1

This is a fairly new passageway that was created to give people an alternative to the busy Bermondsey Street or polluted Tower Bridge Road, and is named after a local hat maker that opened 250 years ago in 1773.

Sep
18
2023
London’s Alleys: Spring Mews, W1
London’s Alleys: Spring Mews, W1

London’s Alleys: Spring Mews, W1

This is a narrow passage in Marylebone that once led to horse stables for the rich folk who lived here and is now more of a back access for a replacement mansion block

Sep
11
2023
London’s Alleys: Helen’s Place, E2
London’s Alleys: Helen’s Place, E2

London’s Alleys: Helen’s Place, E2

This is a cobbled passage in Bethnal Green that runs around the back of a Victorian block of flats and at first glance doesn't seem that interesting, but read on.

Sep
04
2023
London’s Alleys: St Chad’s Place, WC1
London’s Alleys: St Chad’s Place, WC1

London’s Alleys: St Chad’s Place, WC1

This is a nice passageway in King's Cross that leads from a covered entrance through to a cobbled (setts) alley, above a railway and ends in an ornately decorated building.

Aug
28
2023
London’s Alleys: Carmel Court, W8
London’s Alleys: Carmel Court, W8

London’s Alleys: Carmel Court, W8

This is a rather charming residential alleyway that can be found close to Kensington High Street and offers a mix of appearances as you walk along it.

Aug
21
2023
London’s Alleys: St. Ermin’s Hill, SW1
London’s Alleys: St. Ermin’s Hill, SW1

London’s Alleys: St. Ermin’s Hill, SW1

This is a dank dirty passage that slips in between the London Underground's former head office and a posh hotel.

Aug
14
2023
London’s Alleys: Smiths’ Court, W1
London’s Alleys: Smiths’ Court, W1

London’s Alleys: Smiths’ Court, W1

This concealed alley and courtyard in Soho looks like a twee cottage courtyard that's been around for decades but is actually a fairly recent conversion because until 2010 most of the cafes that now fill the space were garages for cars.

Aug
07
2023
London’s Alleys: Dover Yard, W1
London’s Alleys: Dover Yard, W1

London’s Alleys: Dover Yard, W1

This is a passageway near Green Park with a yard in the middle and offers two very different appearances depending on which side you approach it from.

Jul
31
2023
London’s Alleys: Denmark Place, WC2
London’s Alleys: Denmark Place, WC2

London’s Alleys: Denmark Place, WC2

This is an alley that slips behind the back of the modern Outernet building and was the scene of a disaster in 1980 that killed 37 people.

Jul
24
2023
London’s Alleys: St Swithin’s Lane, EC4
London’s Alleys: St Swithin’s Lane, EC4

London’s Alleys: St Swithin’s Lane, EC4

The lane is one of the earlier London roads to be laid out, and the area shows up as fully developed by the 1300s, with houses along the lane, and St Swithin's church at the southern end.

Jul
17
2023
London’s Alleys: Dirty Lane, SE1
London’s Alleys: Dirty Lane, SE1

London’s Alleys: Dirty Lane, SE1

This is a new alley that runs underneath a railway through a long line of brick arches that have been polished up to become a row of posh shops.

Jul
10
2023
London’s Alleys: Thavies Inn, EC1
London’s Alleys: Thavies Inn, EC1

London’s Alleys: Thavies Inn, EC1

This is a courtyard space hidden behind a fairly distinctive building at Holborn Circus, which will soon not be there.

Jul
03
2023
London’s Alleys: Abchurch Yard, EC4
London’s Alleys: Abchurch Yard, EC4

London’s Alleys: Abchurch Yard, EC4

This is a yard and narrow alley that snakes around the sides of a City of London church that's over 800 years old.

Jun
26
2023
London’s Alleys: All Souls’ Place, W1
London’s Alleys: All Souls’ Place, W1

London’s Alleys: All Souls’ Place, W1

This is a narrow alley that sits right next to the main entrance to the BBC's Broadcasting House, and there's some unexpected art and heritage down here.

Jun
19
2023
London’s Alleys: Spring Mews, SE11
London’s Alleys: Spring Mews, SE11

London’s Alleys: Spring Mews, SE11

This is a brand new alleyway and courtyard in Vauxhall that runs through the middle of a modern mix-use development in an area that's never had public access before.

Jun
12
2023
London’s Alleys: St Martin’s Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: St Martin’s Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: St Martin’s Court, WC2

This is a wide and often very busy alley just off Leicester Square that is now surrounded by theatres and a famous oyster bar.

Jun
05
2023
London’s Alleys: Piccadilly Place, W1
London’s Alleys: Piccadilly Place, W1

London’s Alleys: Piccadilly Place, W1

This is a narrow gap off busy Piccadilly that leads to a service road at the rear and seems to serve little purpose other than to separate two large buildings.

May
29
2023
London’s Alleys: Gordon Place, W8
London’s Alleys: Gordon Place, W8

London’s Alleys: Gordon Place, W8

This is a charming quiet little alley near Kensington High Street that's lined with richly planted patio gardens.

May
22
2023
London’s Alleys: Bucklersbury Passage, EC2
London’s Alleys: Bucklersbury Passage, EC2

London’s Alleys: Bucklersbury Passage, EC2

This is a modern alley that passes through a controversial building and is named after a family that owned land in the area some 900 years ago

May
15
2023
London’s Alleys: Granny Dripping Steps, NW6
London’s Alleys: Granny Dripping Steps, NW6

London’s Alleys: Granny Dripping Steps, NW6

This is a bit of a passage, and mostly a footbridge over several railways in West Hampstead that has a remarkable name that's just too amazing to ignore.

May
08
2023