London's Alleys And Passages - Archive Articles


London’s Alleys – Great Bell Alley, EC2

An alleyway exists just off Moorgate that has almost no redeeming features about it, other than it’s bland existence is fortunately, a very short one.

London’s Alleys – Shepherdess Walk, N1

There is a delightfully cute little alley that has been in this part of Hoxton ever since it was all fields, and yet its history is a total mystery.

London’s Alleys – Gunthorpe Street, E1

This little Whitechapel alleyway is notorious, for it is one of the murder sites of the infamous Jack the Ripper.

London’s Alleys – Three Cranes Walk, EC4

If you are taking a picturesque walk along the Thames, right in the heart of the City’s office world can be found this very industrial section of pathway.

London’s Alleys – Catherine Wheel Alley, E1

A narrow gap in the wall of shops opposite Liverpool Street Station leads into one of London’s narrowest and most curiously named alleys.

Pickering Place, SW1 – London’s Alleys and Passages

This is one of London’s oldest and more famous alleys, with a foreign embassy, the occasional duel, brothels, famous authors and gambling all packed into a tiny space.

London’s Alleys – Honey Lane, EC2

The Cheapside area of London is replete with names of former trades, and Honey Lane shouldn’t need any explanation, yet it does.

London’s Alley’s – Cotton’s Gardens, E2

This probably shouldn’t be in the list, as it’s a bit too wide for an alley, but it has a former alley at the end, and a very nice bit of heritage in the road.

London’s Alleys – Steelyard Passage, EC4

This Victorian era brick arch underneath Cannon Street station looks mundane, but rich in hidden history.

London’s Alleys – Whitechurch Passage, E1

This is a short alley with a curious habit of changing its name, having had at least three in its recorded existence.

London’s Alleys – Fleur de Lis Street

Although called a street, this is in fact an alleyway, or at least, enough of it is to qualify.

London’s Alleys – Parliament Court

A very narrow little alley offers a mix of rubbish, polite flats, graffiti and the back door to a historic synagogue.

London’s Alleys – Golden Fleece Court

Dare you go on a quest for the Golden Fleece? For in Aldgate it is to be found, in an alley dark and treacherous.

London’s Alleys – Fruiterers Passage

One of the smartest looking alleys in London is a passage underneath the northern side of Southwark Bridge, with ornate tiling, decorative panels and delightful lighting.

London’s Alleys – Coleman Street Buildings

This alley is structurally modern, but has the air of an old church undercroft in its design, and lies on the site of a much older alley.

London’s Alleys – St Stephen’s Row

The majestic imposing bulk of Mansion House conceals a charming alley hidden behind its walls, and splitting the secular home of the Lord Mayor of London from the ancient church behind.

London Alleys – Essex Street Steps

This is probably the grandest entrance that has ever been constructed to what is just a short set of steps between two roads.

London Alleys – The Nameless Alley

There is a nameless alley in London. It wont appear on any maps. It appears and vanishes seemingly randomly, moving without moving.