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

London’s Alleys: Martlett Court, WC2

This is a pleasingly wide alley straddling commercial and residential in Covent Garden, but was once in a different place and much less visible.

Jun
14
2021
London’s Alleys: Barley Mow Passage, EC1
London’s Alleys: Barley Mow Passage, EC1

London’s Alleys: Barley Mow Passage, EC1

This is a short alley in Smithfield that has been on this site ever since the area was first developed and sits in an area with a cluster of small alleys to explore.

Jun
07
2021
London’s Alleys: Fairthorne Road, SE7
London’s Alleys: Fairthorne Road, SE7

London’s Alleys: Fairthorne Road, SE7

This is an alley in southeast London that has a unique feature in the middle, but is soon to be closed to the public.

May
31
2021
London’s Alleys: Queen’s Passage, SW1A
London’s Alleys: Queen’s Passage, SW1A

London’s Alleys: Queen’s Passage, SW1A

An all to easy to walk past without noticing is a narrow subterranean passage that runs underneath the posh houses next to Green Park giving access to the quiet streets behind.

May
24
2021
London’s Alleys: Greek Court, W1
London’s Alleys: Greek Court, W1

London’s Alleys: Greek Court, W1

This is an alley on Old Compton Street that's still technically public, but also legitimately sealed off from the public.

May
17
2021
London’s Alleys: Lamb’s Conduit Passage, WC1
London’s Alleys: Lamb’s Conduit Passage, WC1

London’s Alleys: Lamb’s Conduit Passage, WC1

This is a well-used passageway in Holborn leading to Red Lion Square that's a lingering echo of a path through long lost fields.

May
10
2021
London’s Alleys: Falcon Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: Falcon Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: Falcon Court, EC4

The court can be found just off Fleet Stree and is named after a medieval inn, The Falcon that used to be roughly where the courtyard is today.

May
03
2021
London’s Alleys: The Outer Temple, WC2
London’s Alleys: The Outer Temple, WC2

London’s Alleys: The Outer Temple, WC2

Opposite the Royal Courts of Justice is what looks like a normal set of office doors that lead one of London's best-hidden alleys.

Apr
26
2021
London’s Alleys: Dansey Place, W1
London’s Alleys: Dansey Place, W1

London’s Alleys: Dansey Place, W1

This is a dingy back alley filled with rubbish bins, but also a fishmonger and oh so many extractor chimneys for the many Chinese restaurants that fill this part of London.

Apr
19
2021
London’s Alleys: Hogarth Court, EC3
London’s Alleys: Hogarth Court, EC3

London’s Alleys: Hogarth Court, EC3

This is a wide and tall alley that passes through a modern building, and while the alley looks new, it follows a path that's nearly 600 years old.

Apr
12
2021
London’s Alleys: South Molton Passage, W1
London’s Alleys: South Molton Passage, W1

London’s Alleys: South Molton Passage, W1

This is a short little passageway between a couple of the posh shops that line a similarly named lane just off Bond Street.

Apr
05
2021
London’s Alleys: Garden Walk, EC2
London’s Alleys: Garden Walk, EC2

London’s Alleys: Garden Walk, EC2

This is a mix of a narrow passage opening into a wide road in Shoreditch which was recently partially paved with the smallest garden to walk past you've probably seen.

Mar
29
2021
London’s Alleys: New North Place, EC2
London’s Alleys: New North Place, EC2

London’s Alleys: New North Place, EC2

This is a narrow passage in Shoreditch that slips between a brand new office block and a cluster of older offices, that was once homes and warehouses.

Mar
22
2021
London’s Alleys: Banbury Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Banbury Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Banbury Court, WC2

This is a recently cleaned up alley that links two busy shopping streets in Covent Garden.

Mar
15
2021
London’s Alleys: Compter Passage, EC2
London’s Alleys: Compter Passage, EC2

London’s Alleys: Compter Passage, EC2

This is an entirely new alley for London, but owes some of its existence to a Tudor prison and a Victorian charity.

Mar
08
2021
London’s Alleys: Shrewsbury Court, EC1
London’s Alleys: Shrewsbury Court, EC1

London’s Alleys: Shrewsbury Court, EC1

This is a very short covered alley that leads from a busy market street into a post-war clearance park near the Barbican.

Mar
01
2021
London’s Alleys: Cromwell Mews, SW7
London’s Alleys: Cromwell Mews, SW7

London’s Alleys: Cromwell Mews, SW7

This is another of the posh mews that were once shabby stables, and it can be found just around the corner from South Kensington tube station.

Feb
22
2021
London’s Alleys: Angel Court, EC2
London’s Alleys: Angel Court, EC2

London’s Alleys: Angel Court, EC2

This alley just behind the Bank of England starts off with a narrow covered entrance but opens up to a wide passageway.

Feb
15
2021
London’s Alleys: South Yard, EC2
London’s Alleys: South Yard, EC2

London’s Alleys: South Yard, EC2

This charming cobbled* and sloped passageway looks like it's been here for centuries, but in fact, may be barely 30 years old.

Feb
08
2021
London’s Alleys: Sun Court, EC2
London’s Alleys: Sun Court, EC2

London’s Alleys: Sun Court, EC2

A covered alley running off Cornhill in the city that was once the home to the King's official weights.

Feb
01
2021
London’s Alleys: Rolls Passage, EC4
London’s Alleys: Rolls Passage, EC4

London’s Alleys: Rolls Passage, EC4

This alley off Chancery Lane is a mix of Victorian and 1990s offices, and a modern pub curving around a large office block.

Jan
25
2021
London’s Alleys: Doughty Mews, WC1
London’s Alleys: Doughty Mews, WC1

London’s Alleys: Doughty Mews, WC1

A charming mews running riot with plants and old former housing for horses and servants just around the corner from the Charles Dickens Museum.

Jan
18
2021
London’s Alleys: Swallow Passage, W1
London’s Alleys: Swallow Passage, W1

London’s Alleys: Swallow Passage, W1

This is a narrow alley right next to Oxford Circus that is soon to vanish, replaced by a new property development.

Jan
11
2021
London’s Alleys: Barbon Close, WC1
London’s Alleys: Barbon Close, WC1

London’s Alleys: Barbon Close, WC1

This is covered passage next to a beautifully restored Georgian house opposite Great Ormond Street hospital.

Jan
04
2021