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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: 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
London’s Alleys: Ladbroke Mews, W11
London’s Alleys: Ladbroke Mews, W11

London’s Alleys: Ladbroke Mews, W11

This is a short mews in Holland Park a short walk from the tube station, and another architectural gem for the area, the Cosmic House.

Jun
13
2022
London’s Alleys: Hanover Place, WC2
London’s Alleys: Hanover Place, WC2

London’s Alleys: Hanover Place, WC2

This is an alley in Covent Garden that seems to have slipped through history barely leaving a mark, but it's also an alley that's had many names over its long life.

Jun
06
2022
London’s Alleys: Hyde Park Gardens Mews, W2
London’s Alleys: Hyde Park Gardens Mews, W2

London’s Alleys: Hyde Park Gardens Mews, W2

This is one a classic of the posh mews style prevalent in parts of London as former cheap stables near Hyde Park were turned into expensive homes.

May
30
2022
London’s Alleys: Crossrail Path, SE18
London’s Alleys: Crossrail Path, SE18

London’s Alleys: Crossrail Path, SE18

Not one of my usual dives into the history of an ancient alley as this is a brand new alley that only came into existence thanks to the arrival of the Elizabeth line station at Woolwich.

May
23
2022
London’s Alleys: Talbot Yard, SE1
London’s Alleys: Talbot Yard, SE1

London’s Alleys: Talbot Yard, SE1

This is a narrow alley leading off Borough High Street in Southwark with a link to one of England's most famous stories.

May
16
2022
London’s Alleys: Savoy Buildings, WC2
London’s Alleys: Savoy Buildings, WC2

London’s Alleys: Savoy Buildings, WC2

This is an alley that's owned by The Queen and comes with its own unique London Underground tube roundel.

May
09
2022
London’s Alleys: Lamont Road Passage, SW10
London’s Alleys: Lamont Road Passage, SW10

London’s Alleys: Lamont Road Passage, SW10

This is a posh-looking alley to be found in Chelsea's World's End that has a link with the brutalist architects that designed the Barbican estate.

May
02
2022
London’s Alleys: Bow Lane, EC4
London’s Alleys: Bow Lane, EC4

London’s Alleys: Bow Lane, EC4

This narrow lane in the City of London is famous for being lined with shops and cafes and is also one of the oldest surviving lanes in the City on its original layout.

Apr
25
2022
London’s Alleys: Durweston Mews, W1
London’s Alleys: Durweston Mews, W1

London’s Alleys: Durweston Mews, W1

This is a small back of flats courtyard mews that can be found just around the corner from Baker Street.

Apr
18
2022