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London’s Alleys – Blue Ball Yard, SW1

There are two entrances to this posh alley in St James, one for carriages, and one for pedestrians. The pedestrians get the better deal, with a reasonably grand entrance porch, and some of London's last remaining gas lamps.


London’s Alleys – Groveland Court, EC4

This charming little alley is notable for the main feature that dominates the entire of one side, an old pub, which holds the oldest excise license in the City.


London’s Alleys – Little Somerset Street, E1

This is a seemingly rather uninteresting passage, but is one that's steeped in a bloody history.


London’s Alleys – Wardrobe Place, EC4

A delightful little courtyard can be found hidden away in the small maze of streets just to the south side of St Paul's Cathedral.


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.


London’s Alleys – Pickering Place, SW1

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.