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.
Named after an inn and a dark period of history, this rather posh passage and charming steps can be found just around the corner from Parliament.
A picturesque alley that's lined with ancient shops and inns, and within staggering distance of royal palaces and posh clubs.
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.
On a side street in posh Mayfair is a work of art in remembrance of an architect who is a significant figure in the architecture of Imperial New Delhi.
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.
The exterior may look suitably anonymous to the average passer-by, but inside number 74 St James lurks not only an impressive interior, but also hosts an important aspect of the history of the modern Tory Party. The building was the…