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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: Wild Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Wild Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Wild Court, WC2

This is a slip of a passage near Holborn that provides little today other than back doors and rubbish bins, but once lead to a grand mansion house.

Apr
24
2023
London’s Alleys: Jerusalem Passage, EC1
London’s Alleys: Jerusalem Passage, EC1

London’s Alleys: Jerusalem Passage, EC1

This short passageway owes its origins to the Clerkenwell Priory that dominated the area and was home to the Monastic Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem (and try saying that in a hurry).

Apr
17
2023
London’s Alleys: Orchard Place, SW1
London’s Alleys: Orchard Place, SW1

London’s Alleys: Orchard Place, SW1

This is a brand new alley in central London that sits on a former orchard and was much later the brutalist police headquarters of New Scotland Yard.

Apr
10
2023
London’s Alleys: Underhill Passage, NW1
London’s Alleys: Underhill Passage, NW1

London’s Alleys: Underhill Passage, NW1

This is a busy alley off Camden's main shops that has a long and at times confusing history.

Apr
03
2023
London’s Alleys: Havelock Walk, SE23
London’s Alleys: Havelock Walk, SE23

London’s Alleys: Havelock Walk, SE23

A short walk from Forest Hill station is this old mews that's now a haven for artists who have taken its long row of former warehouse buildings.

Mar
27
2023
Sealed off Thames riverside path reopens to the public
Sealed off Thames riverside path reopens to the public

Sealed off Thames riverside path reopens to the public

A section of the Thames riverside that has been closed for 20 years reopened today and completed a long desire to open up the Thames path along the entire width of the City of London.

Mar
22
2023
London’s Alleys: Cut Throat Alley, TW10
London’s Alleys: Cut Throat Alley, TW10

London’s Alleys: Cut Throat Alley, TW10

This is a long narrow alley near Richmond that's hemmed in with tall walls and certainly looks at first glance to be very deserving of its name of Cut Throat Alley.

Mar
20
2023
London’s Alleys: Alan Cheales Way, NW5
London’s Alleys: Alan Cheales Way, NW5

London’s Alleys: Alan Cheales Way, NW5

This is an alley in Belsize Park that slips in between St Dominic's Priory Church and the neighbouring school, and dates from when they were built.

Mar
13
2023
The 300th London alley article
The 300th London alley article

The 300th London alley article

It's hard to believe it, but last week was the 300th in a surprisingly long-running series on the history and description of London's alleys and passages.

Mar
06
2023
London’s Alleys: Craig’s Court, SW1
London’s Alleys: Craig’s Court, SW1

London’s Alleys: Craig’s Court, SW1

This is a narrow passageway off bustling Whitehall leading to a large quiet courtyard and is reputed to be the location for a secret tunnel, and a parliamentary mishap.

Feb
27
2023
London’s Alleys: Pigsty Alley, SE10
London’s Alleys: Pigsty Alley, SE10

London’s Alleys: Pigsty Alley, SE10

This is a very narrow and steep alley in the side streets of Greenwich, which was longer and steeper than it is today.

Feb
20
2023
London’s Alleys: Jacob’s Well Mews, W1
London’s Alleys: Jacob’s Well Mews, W1

London’s Alleys: Jacob’s Well Mews, W1

This is a mixed mews near Oxford Street and hidden behind a 1970s office block that boasts some very odd architecture, and some Wombles.

Feb
13
2023
London’s Alleys: Magpie Alley, EC4
London’s Alleys: Magpie Alley, EC4

London’s Alleys: Magpie Alley, EC4

This is a small alley just off Fleet Street in the City, but one that's richly decorated with historic tiles telling the story of the newspaper trade that used to dominate the area.

Feb
06
2023
London’s Alleys: Kendall Place, W1
London’s Alleys: Kendall Place, W1

London’s Alleys: Kendall Place, W1

This is an alley that passes through a block to the north of Oxford Street, and half of the block is owned by a single family.

Jan
30
2023
London’s Alleys: Bells Alley, SW6
London’s Alleys: Bells Alley, SW6

London’s Alleys: Bells Alley, SW6

This tree lined alley in Parson's Green is quite annoying as hardly anything seems to be known about it.

Jan
23
2023
London’s Alleys: Queen’s Gate Place Mews, SW7
London’s Alleys: Queen’s Gate Place Mews, SW7

London’s Alleys: Queen’s Gate Place Mews, SW7

This is a grand looking mews that sits close to the Natural History Museum and is unusual in that it's one of the widest mews in South Kensington.

Jan
16
2023
London’s Alleys: Dangoor Walk, NW1
London’s Alleys: Dangoor Walk, NW1

London’s Alleys: Dangoor Walk, NW1

This is a fairly new alley that opened up a route across land that had been closed to the public for over 140 years.

Jan
09
2023
London’s Alleys: James Court, W1
London’s Alleys: James Court, W1

London’s Alleys: James Court, W1

This is a fairly new open courtyard and alleyway that replaced a small sealed off cul-de-sac as part of a large redevelopment of the former Foyles bookstore.

Jan
02
2023
London’s Alleys: Sicilian Avenue, WC1
London’s Alleys: Sicilian Avenue, WC1

London’s Alleys: Sicilian Avenue, WC1

This avenue in Holborn is a modern addition to the area - by London's standards that is, as it dates from 1910. Before that, the area was a conventional block of shops and houses having been developed by the 1670s.

Dec
19
2022
London’s Alleys: Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1
London’s Alleys: Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1

London’s Alleys: Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1

This is a cobbled yard in Holborn surrounded on most sides by old warehouse buildings and may have been named after an old pub, or a murder.

Dec
12
2022
London’s Alleys: Stanhope Mews East, SW7
London’s Alleys: Stanhope Mews East, SW7

London’s Alleys: Stanhope Mews East, SW7

This is a former stables mews that's now expensive homes a stones through from South Kensington's museums.

Dec
05
2022
London’s Alleys: Sedley Place, W1
London’s Alleys: Sedley Place, W1

London’s Alleys: Sedley Place, W1

This is a modern looking alley next to Oxford Street, that thanks to ancient debts, is owned by the City of London, but is also the site of possibly the most expensive clerical error in human history.

Nov
28
2022
London’s Alleys: Langthorn Court, EC2
London’s Alleys: Langthorn Court, EC2

London’s Alleys: Langthorn Court, EC2

This is a short alley hidden around the back of city offices that has a very confusing history over the roughly 400 years it has existed.

Nov
21
2022
London’s Alleys: Cloth Court, EC1
London’s Alleys: Cloth Court, EC1

London’s Alleys: Cloth Court, EC1

This is an ancient narrow alley that slips around the backs of buildings in Smithfield, and was for many years, a townhouse for Sir John Betjeman.

Nov
14
2022