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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: 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
London’s Alleys: Percy Passage, W1
London’s Alleys: Percy Passage, W1

London’s Alleys: Percy Passage, W1

This alley just to the north of Oxford Street in the heart of Fitzrovia is a convenient shortcut through a block of shops and offices and is original from when the area was first laid out.

Oct
25
2021
London’s Alleys: Dean’s Mews, W1
London’s Alleys: Dean’s Mews, W1

London’s Alleys: Dean’s Mews, W1

This is a cobbled mews that sits between two grand linked buildings with a very impressive sculpture of the Madonna and Child hanging above the entrance.

Oct
18
2021
London’s Alleys: Van Gogh Walk, SW9
London’s Alleys: Van Gogh Walk, SW9

London’s Alleys: Van Gogh Walk, SW9

This verdant walkway near Kennington was until a few years ago a rather non-descript residential road, but in 2013 it was pedestrianised and renamed.

Oct
11
2021
London’s Alleys: St George’s Lane, EC3
London’s Alleys: St George’s Lane, EC3

London’s Alleys: St George’s Lane, EC3

This narrow alley sits next to Pudding Lane, famed for the Great Fire of London, and can trace its origins to the very first buildings erected here in Tudor London.

Oct
04
2021
London’s Alleys: Voss Street, E2
London’s Alleys: Voss Street, E2

London’s Alleys: Voss Street, E2

This is an alley in all but name squashed behind shops in Bethnal Green, but in recent years some exceptional architecture has appeared down here.

Sep
27
2021
London’s Alleys: Trinity Walk, NW3
London’s Alleys: Trinity Walk, NW3

London’s Alleys: Trinity Walk, NW3

This is a very steep alley up the slopes that face Finchley Road in South Hampstead.

Sep
20
2021
London’s Alleys: Model Cottages, SW14
London’s Alleys: Model Cottages, SW14

London’s Alleys: Model Cottages, SW14

This is an alleyway in East Sheen that runs down an avenue of delightful 19th-century cottages, the model cottages.

Sep
13
2021
London’s Alleys: Heathcock Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Heathcock Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Heathcock Court, WC2

This is a short narrow passage on Strand that used to be somewhere else.

Sep
06
2021
London’s Alleys: Down Street Mews, W1
London’s Alleys: Down Street Mews, W1

London’s Alleys: Down Street Mews, W1

This is a secluded mews that can be found around the back of a disused tube station near Hyde Park.

Aug
30
2021
London’s Alleys: Canning Passage, W8
London’s Alleys: Canning Passage, W8

London’s Alleys: Canning Passage, W8

This narrow back lane in Kensington looks like a back passage for the houses that back onto it, but in fact, it predates the main roads around it.

Aug
23
2021
London’s Alleys: Newport Place, WC2
London’s Alleys: Newport Place, WC2

London’s Alleys: Newport Place, WC2

A large plaza in the heart of London's Chinatown that has undergone many changes in its long life.

Aug
16
2021
London’s Alleys: Man in Moon Passage, W1
London’s Alleys: Man in Moon Passage, W1

London’s Alleys: Man in Moon Passage, W1

Probably one of the better-named alleys in London, this short pedestrian passage can be found on Regent Street and is named after a stoned man.

Aug
02
2021
London’s Alleys: Dereham Place, EC2
London’s Alleys: Dereham Place, EC2

London’s Alleys: Dereham Place, EC2

This is a passage that winds its way around the backs of Shoreditch with a mix of 1950s factory buildings and modern flats.

Jul
26
2021
London’s Alleys: Silver Place, W1
London’s Alleys: Silver Place, W1

London’s Alleys: Silver Place, W1

A short wide alley in Soho lined with Georgian and Victorian buildings, but also a link to one of the 19th-centuries worst terrorist attacks.

Jul
19
2021
London’s Alleys: Princes Place, SW1
London’s Alleys: Princes Place, SW1

London’s Alleys: Princes Place, SW1

This is a short shabby alley that leads off from some of the most expensive properties in central London.

Jul
12
2021
London’s Alleys: Lancashire Court, W1
London’s Alleys: Lancashire Court, W1

London’s Alleys: Lancashire Court, W1

This is a cluster of alleys just off Bond Street that all share the same name, but were once totally separate alleys entirely.

Jul
05
2021
London’s Alleys: Charterhouse Mews, EC1
London’s Alleys: Charterhouse Mews, EC1

London’s Alleys: Charterhouse Mews, EC1

This is a short covered passage that can be found next to The Charterhouse, a relatively hidden cluster of Tudor buildings that only recently opened to the public with a new museum.

Jun
28
2021
London’s Alleys: Carmarthen Place, SE1
London’s Alleys: Carmarthen Place, SE1

London’s Alleys: Carmarthen Place, SE1

This is a pretty little cobbled alleyway to be found in Bermondsey.

Jun
21
2021