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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: 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
London’s Alleys: Gutter Lane, EC2
London’s Alleys: Gutter Lane, EC2

London’s Alleys: Gutter Lane, EC2

This is an alley in central London that's not named after the sort of gutter you're thinking about.

Nov
07
2022
London’s Alleys: Marion’s Way, SE1
London’s Alleys: Marion’s Way, SE1

London’s Alleys: Marion’s Way, SE1

This is a pedestrianised street close to Southwark tube station that was renamed a year ago as Marion's Way after the local resident and campaigner, Marion Marples, who died in 2019.

Oct
31
2022
London’s Alleys: Flitcroft Street, WC2
London’s Alleys: Flitcroft Street, WC2

London’s Alleys: Flitcroft Street, WC2

This may be called a street, but it's undeniably alley-like in appearance, snaking around the back of shops at the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street.

Oct
24
2022
London’s Alleys: Thomas More Walk, SW3
London’s Alleys: Thomas More Walk, SW3

London’s Alleys: Thomas More Walk, SW3

This is a fairly new alley that came into existence in late 2017 due to a large redevelopment of several sites in close proximity to each other.

Oct
17
2022
London’s Alleys: Little Turnstile, WC1
London’s Alleys: Little Turnstile, WC1

London’s Alleys: Little Turnstile, WC1

A narrow winding passage snakes behind the streets of High Holborn and is a relic of a time when the area was mostly fields.

Oct
10
2022
London’s Alleys: Little Green Street, NW5
London’s Alleys: Little Green Street, NW5

London’s Alleys: Little Green Street, NW5

This is a charming little passageway in north London that is famous for the row of Georgian houses that line it with their bow windows and cobbled street.

Oct
03
2022
London’s Alleys: Carey Lane, EC2
London’s Alleys: Carey Lane, EC2

London’s Alleys: Carey Lane, EC2

A short passageway close to St Paul's Cathedral which is dominated by offices on one side and a nearly 200-year old livery hall on the other.

Sep
26
2022
London’s Alleys: Archibald Mews, W1
London’s Alleys: Archibald Mews, W1

London’s Alleys: Archibald Mews, W1

This is a short mews in posh Mayfair with a posh pub and grand flats on the entrance and squalor behind.

Sep
19
2022
London’s Alleys: Ludgate Square, EC4
London’s Alleys: Ludgate Square, EC4

London’s Alleys: Ludgate Square, EC4

Despite its name, this is not a large square but a narrow passageway that leads off from Ludgate Hill in front of St Paul's Cathedral and winds around the back of buildings to a cluster of narrow streets.

Sep
12
2022
London’s Alleys: Penton Grove, N1
London’s Alleys: Penton Grove, N1

London’s Alleys: Penton Grove, N1

This is a tiny stump of an alley to be found in Islington that used to be much longer than it is today.

Sep
05
2022
London’s Alleys: George Yard, EC3
London’s Alleys: George Yard, EC3

London’s Alleys: George Yard, EC3

This is a former alley that's now a large courtyard space surrounded by City offices and a Wren-built church, and sits in the centre of a cluster of smaller surviving alleys.

Aug
29
2022
London’s Alleys: Clarges Mews, W1
London’s Alleys: Clarges Mews, W1

London’s Alleys: Clarges Mews, W1

This is a curiously mixed mews just to the north of Piccadilly that ranges from charmingly narrow and cobbled to wide open and yard-like spaces.

Aug
22
2022
London’s Alleys: Churchway, NW1
London’s Alleys: Churchway, NW1

London’s Alleys: Churchway, NW1

This is a short alley halfway between Euston and St Pancras station that offers a convenient link between two busy roads.

Aug
15
2022
London’s Alleys: Virgil Place, W1
London’s Alleys: Virgil Place, W1

London’s Alleys: Virgil Place, W1

This is a short alley in Marylebone that used to be a lot longer and lead to lots of terraced housing that no longer exists.

Aug
08
2022
London’s Alleys: Broad Street Avenue, EC2
London’s Alleys: Broad Street Avenue, EC2

London’s Alleys: Broad Street Avenue, EC2

This is a tiny dead-end alley just around the corner from Liverpool Street station with a broad name, but narrow countenance.

Aug
01
2022
London’s Alleys: Leigh Place, EC1
London’s Alleys: Leigh Place, EC1

London’s Alleys: Leigh Place, EC1

This is a modest alley that can be found in the back streets of Holborn, and is notable apart from the varied history for having one of the few remaining painted road signs in the City.

Jul
25
2022
London’s Alleys: Old Fish Street Hill, EC4
London’s Alleys: Old Fish Street Hill, EC4

London’s Alleys: Old Fish Street Hill, EC4

This short rather plain-looking passageway is actually a remnant of a longer alley that can be traced back at least to medieval London, at a time when there was a large fish market next to where the alley's northern end is today.

Jul
18
2022
London’s Alleys: Matrimony Place, SW4
London’s Alleys: Matrimony Place, SW4

London’s Alleys: Matrimony Place, SW4

Part of the busy Wandsworth Road sits at the bottom of a steep slope, and to get to the top, in one place is a steeply sloping alley, with the charming name of Matrimony Place that leads up to an old church.

Jul
11
2022
London’s Alleys: Oldbury Place, W1
London’s Alleys: Oldbury Place, W1

London’s Alleys: Oldbury Place, W1

This is a quiet set of low-rise mews houses and offices that can be found just off bustling Marylebone.

Jul
04
2022
London’s Alleys: Albany Court Yard, W1
London’s Alleys: Albany Court Yard, W1

London’s Alleys: Albany Court Yard, W1

This is a small courtyard leading off from busy Piccadilly, but one with an exceptional building at the end.

Jun
27
2022
London’s Alleys: Snow Hill Court, EC1
London’s Alleys: Snow Hill Court, EC1

London’s Alleys: Snow Hill Court, EC1

This tiny very well-hidden alley in Holborn has existed ever since the church it wraps around the back of was built in Norman times.

Jun
20
2022