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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: Bennett’s Yard, SW1
London’s Alleys: Bennett’s Yard, SW1

London’s Alleys: Bennett’s Yard, SW1

This is a short well-used alley to the south of Westminster Abbey that has been home to spies and politicians in its long life.

Apr
11
2022
London’s Alleys: Bath Court, EC1
London’s Alleys: Bath Court, EC1

London’s Alleys: Bath Court, EC1

This is a Clerkenwell alley that has survived many attempts to remove it and today snakes between a posh hotel and into a private car park.

Apr
04
2022
London’s Alleys: Lombard Court, EC3
London’s Alleys: Lombard Court, EC3

London’s Alleys: Lombard Court, EC3

This is a slightly winding passage that has been around for a few centuries and yet left little history in its wake.

Mar
28
2022
London’s Alleys: Green’s Court, W1
London’s Alleys: Green’s Court, W1

London’s Alleys: Green’s Court, W1

This is one of those notorious Soho alleys for the ladies of the night, although in recent years, as with the rest of the area, it's more cafes than carnalities these days.

Mar
21
2022
London’s Alleys: Peary Place, E2
London’s Alleys: Peary Place, E2

London’s Alleys: Peary Place, E2

This is a cobbled passage just off Roman Road in East London that's recently seen run down workshops being converted into loft-apartment style flats.

Mar
14
2022
London’s Alleys: Hunt’s Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Hunt’s Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Hunt’s Court, WC2

This is a short grim dank smelly alley behind Leicester Square more notable for the rubbish bins pilled up inside it, and yet, it has a long and sometimes unexpected history.

Mar
07
2022
London’s Alleys: Counter Court, SE1
London’s Alleys: Counter Court, SE1

London’s Alleys: Counter Court, SE1

This very shabby dirt ridden little alley near London Bridge is a legacy of judicial power, being named after an early prison on the same location.

Feb
28
2022
London’s Alleys: The Watford Way subway, NW7
London’s Alleys: The Watford Way subway, NW7

London’s Alleys: The Watford Way subway, NW7

This is a subway under a busy road in Mill Hill Broadway that has two claims to fame, and the most obvious is that it's decorated with images of the solar system.

Feb
21
2022
London’s Alleys: Bear Gardens, SE1
London’s Alleys: Bear Gardens, SE1

London’s Alleys: Bear Gardens, SE1

This is an alley in Bankside that's charmingly cobbled, but has a bloody history.

Feb
14
2022
London’s Alleys: St Dunstan’s Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: St Dunstan’s Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: St Dunstan’s Court, EC4

This is a small alley and courtyard off Fleet Street probably more noticed today for the game of Space Invaders in the pavement.

Feb
07
2022
London’s Alleys: May’s Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: May’s Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: May’s Court, WC2

This is a wide alley just to the north of Trafalgar Square and sits between the St Martins Lane Hotel to the north and the London Coliseum to the south.

Jan
31
2022
London’s Alleys: Arthur Street, EC4
London’s Alleys: Arthur Street, EC4

London’s Alleys: Arthur Street, EC4

This is a Roman era alley in the City that was discovered during the soon to be completed Bank tube station upgrade project.

Jan
24
2022
London’s Alleys: Graces Alley, E1
London’s Alleys: Graces Alley, E1

London’s Alleys: Graces Alley, E1

This is a short alley leading to a former public square lined with nice houses, but the alley is now much more famous than the public square.

Jan
17
2022
London’s Alleys: Sans Walk, EC1
London’s Alleys: Sans Walk, EC1

London’s Alleys: Sans Walk, EC1

This is a winding narrow passageway through Clerkenwell that borders a notorious prison and site of a terrorist attack.

Jan
10
2022
London’s Alleys: Saracen’s Head Yard, EC3
London’s Alleys: Saracen’s Head Yard, EC3

London’s Alleys: Saracen’s Head Yard, EC3

This is a modern yard in Aldgate named after a long-standing, and not standing anymore, pub of the same name, and had been a coaching inn of some sort ever since Tudor times.

Jan
03
2022
London’s Alleys: Rising Sun Court, EC1
London’s Alleys: Rising Sun Court, EC1

London’s Alleys: Rising Sun Court, EC1

This is a small side alley in Smithfield that's famous for the pub that dominates the corner opposite Great St Bart's church.

Dec
27
2021
London’s Alleys: Sherlock Mews, W1
London’s Alleys: Sherlock Mews, W1

London’s Alleys: Sherlock Mews, W1

Just off Baker Street, home of a famous detective can be found a small cobbled street, Sherlock Mews, but which came first, the man or the mews?

Dec
20
2021
London’s Alleys: Medici Courtyard, W1
London’s Alleys: Medici Courtyard, W1

London’s Alleys: Medici Courtyard, W1

A polished and modern space, this alley links Bond Street with Hanover Square, and was built as part of the Crossrail project.

Dec
13
2021
London’s Alleys: Reston Place, SW7
London’s Alleys: Reston Place, SW7

London’s Alleys: Reston Place, SW7

Walking up Palace Gate road in Kensington, just short of the main Kensington Road you might spy a sign for a Pedestrian Right of Way leading to Kensington Road, and be intrigued.

Dec
06
2021
London’s Alleys: Portsea Mews, W2
London’s Alleys: Portsea Mews, W2

London’s Alleys: Portsea Mews, W2

This delightfully unmodernised mews, owned by the Church of England is just to the north of Hyde Park and is one of the last such mews left in London.

Nov
29
2021
London’s Alleys: Haunch of Venison Yard, W1
London’s Alleys: Haunch of Venison Yard, W1

London’s Alleys: Haunch of Venison Yard, W1

A side alley off posh Bond Street that is a back entrance to an auction house but is more notable for the distinctive name of the yard.

Nov
22
2021
London’s Alleys: Shafto Mews, SW1
London’s Alleys: Shafto Mews, SW1

London’s Alleys: Shafto Mews, SW1

This is a row of former stables that backed onto expensive houses in Chelsea, and are now themselves expensive mews homes.

Nov
15
2021
London’s Alleys: Mills Court, EC3
London’s Alleys: Mills Court, EC3

London’s Alleys: Mills Court, EC3

This is one of those industrial alleys that Shoreditch is cleaning up into decorative residential areas, but still has plenty of character left to it.

Nov
08
2021
London’s Alleys: Bridle Lane, W1
London’s Alleys: Bridle Lane, W1

London’s Alleys: Bridle Lane, W1

A long narrow passageway in Soho that owes its origins to the era of horse-drawn carriage and the grand houses on the other side of the lane.

Nov
01
2021