The alley is named after the former parish of St Benet de Garscherche, later St Benet Gracechurch, a long since demolished City church.
This is an old alley route through the docks, with a name that’s both a WW2 legacy, and a recently built tower block.
This is a curving narrow lane that runs behind rows of houses and offices just to the north of the Barbican estate.
Keppel Row is a formerly dingy alley in Southwark that’s been recently refurbished.
This is a modern looking alley that runs off Holborn, but like many of the area can date its origins to medieval London.
This is of the many little alleys that lead off from Strand as a legacy of the times the area was first developed.
What looks like a short gap under some shops is an alley that used to be so much longer than it is today.
This is a quiet little space just a heartbeat from the bustling Covent Garden.
You’re looking at the picture below and thinking this alley is going to be all about the pretty pub, but no, it’s the boring snoring office block next door that’s the protagonist in this alley tale.
This narrow alley off Cornhill lined with a mix of old bricks opens to a court space, and was once home to the offices of Dicken’s Ebenezer Scrooge
This is an alley of mixed appearances, with a claimed link to the madness of King George III.
Rose Court is a rather unappealing alley that looks like it’s probably modern but is a relic of older times. It’s also sufficiently small as to rarely appear on any maps.
This is the greater of three turnstile alleys in the Holborn alley, although only greater in name not in stature.
This alley near the Guildhall seems to have been in existence since the 11th century.
This short alley next to Leicester Square is undeniably the underbelly of the glitzy lights of the West End. A dingy space of back doors and air conditioning units, or dubious smells and garish signs. It’s perfect.
This is one of those dirty alleys that that overflows with rubbish and mess, but it also has the moon in the midst of its grime and clutter.
Quality Court off Chancery Lane is most appropriately named, being an upmarket concealed courtyard space.
This vintage looking alley is probably named after the Ship and Mermaid public house which used to be at Snowsfields, and is today a curious curve around a corner, squeezed between social housing.
This rather dramatic and modern looking alley is a modern redevelopment of an alley that can trace it’s heritage back to the original developments along Chancery Lane.
A short side street next to a disused railway in Shoreditch has a complicated history.
An alley that can be traced all the way back to Tudor London, with a famously enigmatic stone plaque on one wall.
This slightly posh looking alley off Holborn is a recent redevelopment of a series of much older buildings, and the alley itself is ancient.
This short alley through a pub gateway is a pale shadow of its much larger past, where old warehouses and shops are now achingly expensive flats.
This is an ancient alley of legendary status and about which many myths have been written.
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