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.

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.

London’s Alleys: Barbon Close, WC1

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

London’s Alleys: Adam’s Court, EC2

This is a surprisingly large open space right in the heart of the City that you would only discover by passing through covered arches.

London’s Alleys: Wilder Walk, W1

This is a new alley next to Piccadilly Circus caused by a recent redevelopment of the Regent Palace Hotel, and it’s not a restoration of an old alley, it’s entirely new.

London’s Alleys: Peto Place, NW1

This is a private looking cobbled* passage leading behind the grand frontages of the Regents Park buildings. The passage itself isn’t that notable, posh, clean and functional, but the buildings though, they tell a story.

London’s Alleys: Primrose Hill, EC4

This alley is a lingering remnant of a much longer passage that used to run all the way up to Fleet Street.

London’s Alleys: Brabant Court, EC3

This is a chaming litle cobbled courtyard next to the Walkie Talkie skyscraper, that contains one of the few surviving  Georgian buildings in the City of London.

London’s Alleys: Pinner’s Passage, EC2

This is a very modern looking, and very modern existing alley that can be found opposite the former NatWest Tower, now Tower 42.

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The UK’s largest reflector telescope can be found, surprisingly, in North London, and while the lockdown carries on, they’re starting a series of virtual tours of the observatory.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.,

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

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.