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London’s Alleys: Tyler’s Court, W1

This barely noticeable crack in the tall buildings on Wardour Street is Tyler’s Court, home to werewolves and vampires. The name of the alley probably derives from the use given to the land in the area at times, namely excavating


London’s Alleys: White Horse Alley, EC1

This short little alley certainly brings home the bacon, as conceals a vast modern courtyard, which was until recently the old Danish Bacon warehouse.


London’s Alleys: Lovat Lane, EC3

A ancient winding path down a slope lined with cobbles in the City with a "famous wren church" in the middle, what's not to love about Lovat Lane?


London’s Alleys: Herbal Hill, EC1

A fairly steep little passageway that's wide enough to be a road, was originally an extension of Saffron Hill to the south.


London’s Alleys: Hat and Mitre Court, EC1

One of the joys of London are the alleys with wonderful names, and this is perfect example of one that can be found near Clerkenwell.


London’s Alleys: Greenhill Rents, EC1

A sanitized road that was once much less posh and an awful lot longer.


London’s Alleys: Passing Alley, EC1

When all around Clerkenwell was fields and churches, a path ran through the cornflowers. Today where all is built up, that ancient path still carves a narrow path through the buildings. This is Passing Alley, although it no longer exactly


London’s Alleys: Bull Inn Court, WC2

This is the story of an alley called Bull Inn Court which is today most famous for containing a pub, which is not called the Bull Inn.


London’s Alleys: Gwynne Place, WC1

This might not look like much, but this little place and set of steps are rich in history, and deep in subsidence.


London’s Alleys: Warwick Passage, EC4

A covered alley that runs underneath the Old Bailey court rooms with a concealed entrance for the public to go inside, this is Warwick Passage.


London’s Alleys: St Augustine’s Path

A narrow alley that provides a convenient link between two parallel roads, and which as far as I can tell, has never been used by St Augustine.


London’s Alleys: Amoy Place, E14

If this alley sounds vaguely Chinese, then it's no surprise as it's part of the old Limehouse Chinatown before Chinatown migrated to Soho.


London’s Alleys: Hen and Chicken Court, EC4

This modest and in its own way pleasant little back alley is notable not just for its curious name, but for being associated with the infamous Demon Barber, Sweeney Todd.


London’s Alleys: Castle Court, EC3

This is one of those seemingly ancient alleys that the City of London is so rich in, yet almost impossible to find anything about.


London’s Alleys: Harringay Passage, N4

At just under a mile in length, this is the longest alley in London, and predates the area which is today known as the Harringay Ladder due to the way the street layout looks like a ladder.