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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: Great St Thomas Apostle, EC4
London’s Alleys: Great St Thomas Apostle, EC4

London’s Alleys: Great St Thomas Apostle, EC4

A narrow lane near Cannon Street that's the site of a church destroyed in the Great Fire of London.

Nov
16
2020
London’s Alleys: Pied Bull Yard, WC1
London’s Alleys: Pied Bull Yard, WC1

London’s Alleys: Pied Bull Yard, WC1

This concealed yard next to the British Museum looks as if it's been here for centuries, but in fact, Pied Bull Yard is barely 40 years old, or if you prefer, several hundred years old.

Nov
09
2020
Faulkner’s Alley, EC1 – London’s Alleys and Passages
Faulkner’s Alley, EC1 – London’s Alleys and Passages

Faulkner’s Alley, EC1 – London’s Alleys and Passages

This is an alley that many people pass walking to and from Farringdon station with an alluringly ornate ironwork grill and gate.

Nov
02
2020
London’s Alleys: Alderman’s Walk, EC2
London’s Alleys: Alderman’s Walk, EC2

London’s Alleys: Alderman’s Walk, EC2

This is an alley close to Liverpool Street station, and can be found next to St Botolph's without Bishopsgate church, and while dating to roughly when the church was built, its notable history only starts in the 17th century.

Oct
26
2020
London’s Alleys: Austin Friars Passage, EC2
London’s Alleys: Austin Friars Passage, EC2

London’s Alleys: Austin Friars Passage, EC2

This delightfully narrow alley with a Victorian tiled and arched entrance and a rare surviving ancient wall can be found in a quiet cluster of streets just moments from busy London Wall.

Oct
19
2020
London’s Alleys: Clerks Place, EC3
London’s Alleys: Clerks Place, EC3

London’s Alleys: Clerks Place, EC3

This could be considered one of London's newest, and widest alleys, as there's never been an alley on this location, but in fact, there was a small alley of the same name nearby, underneath the very new large office block that destroyed it.,

Oct
12
2020
London’s Alleys: Duke’s Mews, W1
London’s Alleys: Duke’s Mews, W1

London’s Alleys: Duke’s Mews, W1

This is a classic mews style alley that can be found just to the north of Oxford Street. The mews sits within an area of London known as the Portman Estate, which started being developed as housing soon after Henry

Oct
05
2020
London’s Alleys: Bloomfield Place, W1
London’s Alleys: Bloomfield Place, W1

London’s Alleys: Bloomfield Place, W1

A short clean alley that's notable for the being the site of one of London's earliest electricity supplies, for the Grosvenor Gallery, and the substation site is still in use today.

Sep
28
2020
London’s Alleys: Corbet Court, EC3
London’s Alleys: Corbet Court, EC3

London’s Alleys: Corbet Court, EC3

This alley has changed a fair bit over the centuries, but the heart of it, a courtyard has been there ever since it was created. It's also lead a fairly uneventful life, busy, but never notorious.

Sep
21
2020
London’s Alleys: Cleveland Place, SW1
London’s Alleys: Cleveland Place, SW1

London’s Alleys: Cleveland Place, SW1

This alley in posh St James, originally known as Cleveland Yard was probably laid out as soon as the area started being developed, in the 1670s

Sep
14
2020
London’s Alleys: Seaforth Place, SW1
London’s Alleys: Seaforth Place, SW1

London’s Alleys: Seaforth Place, SW1

This is a narrow passage now surrounded by offices and hotels that follows an ancient path through fields when all around here was more grass than glass.

Sep
07
2020
London’s Alleys: Greystoke Place, EC4
London’s Alleys: Greystoke Place, EC4

London’s Alleys: Greystoke Place, EC4

This is a convenient passage that links Fetter Lane and Chancery Lane in the city, and is likely to date from the early urban development of the area.

Aug
31
2020
London’s Alleys: Laurence Pountney Hill, EC4
London’s Alleys: Laurence Pountney Hill, EC4

London’s Alleys: Laurence Pountney Hill, EC4

This is a side alley that includes an old church, a Roman palace, and enough stucco carving to fill a small mansion house.

Aug
24
2020
London’s Alleys: Stationers Hall Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: Stationers Hall Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: Stationers Hall Court, EC4

This is a narrow alley off Ludgate Hill that dates back to the Great Fire of London, and leads to one of London's livery halls.

Aug
17
2020
London’s Alleys: Brydges Place, WC2
London’s Alleys: Brydges Place, WC2

London’s Alleys: Brydges Place, WC2

This is the alley near Trafalgar Square that isn't the narrowest in London, although it is often claimed to be. It's also less famous for Queens, of both sorts.

Aug
10
2020
London’s Alleys: Bedford Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Bedford Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Bedford Court, WC2

This is an alley that leads off from busy Covent Garden through to a much quieter patch of residential housing.

Aug
03
2020
London’s Alleys: Shoulder of Mutton Alley, E14
London’s Alleys: Shoulder of Mutton Alley, E14

London’s Alleys: Shoulder of Mutton Alley, E14

This is a Limehouse street which crops up regularly on lists of odd street names in London, but it had a more interesting history than that.

Jul
27
2020
London’s Alleys: Plough Court, EC3
London’s Alleys: Plough Court, EC3

London’s Alleys: Plough Court, EC3

This is today a wide-open alley covered at both ends leading off the banking heart of Lombard Street.

Jul
20
2020
London’s Alleys: Ball Court, EC3
London’s Alleys: Ball Court, EC3

London’s Alleys: Ball Court, EC3

This is an exceptionally busy alley, thanks in part to being part of a cluster of narrow passages, but also because one of its occupants is the legendary Simpsons Tavern.

Jul
13
2020
London’s Alleys: Lime Street Passage, EC3
London’s Alleys: Lime Street Passage, EC3

London’s Alleys: Lime Street Passage, EC3

This alley looks as if it’s part of the next door Leadenhall Market, with the same style buildings, but no roof over head.

Jul
06
2020
London’s Alleys: Rupert Court, W1
London’s Alleys: Rupert Court, W1

London’s Alleys: Rupert Court, W1

This is a narrow alley in Soho with a famous pub at one end, and -- if you know the significance -- a famous pizza outlet at the other.

Jun
29
2020
London’s Alleys: Poppin’s Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: Poppin’s Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: Poppin’s Court, EC4

This is an ancient lane that used to be much longer but was cut in half thanks to the rebuilding of Farringdon Street next door.

Jun
22
2020
London’s Alleys: Lazenby Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Lazenby Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Lazenby Court, WC2

This is the alley that's famous for squeezing in a narrow gap underneath an old pub in Covent Garden, and bare-knuckle fights.

Jun
15
2020
London’s Alleys: Conduit Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Conduit Court, WC2

London’s Alleys: Conduit Court, WC2

This is the most popular of all the alleys to be found in Covent Garden, thanks to a recent addition - an "infinity chamber" of mirrors that lines half the passage.

Jun
08
2020