This is a dingy back alley filled with rubbish bins, but also a fishmonger and oh so many extractor chimneys for the many Chinese restaurants that fill this part of London.
This is a wide and tall alley that passes through a modern building, and while the alley looks new, it follows a path that’s nearly 600 years old.
This is a short little passageway between a couple of the posh shops that line a similarly named lane just off Bond Street.
This is a mix of a narrow passage opening into a wide road in Shoreditch which was recently partially paved with the smallest garden to walk past you’ve probably seen.
This is a recently cleaned up alley that links two busy shopping streets in Covent Garden.
This is an entirely new alley for London, but owes some of its existence to a Tudor prison and a Victorian charity.
This is a very short covered alley that leads from a busy market street into a post-war clearance park near the Barbican.
This is another of the posh mews that were once shabby stables, and it can be found just around the corner from South Kensington tube station.
This alley just behind the Bank of England starts off with a narrow covered entrance but opens up to a wide passageway.
This charming cobbled* and sloped passageway looks like it’s been here for centuries, but in fact, may be barely 30 years old.
A covered alley running off Cornhill in the city that was once the home to the King’s official weights.
This alley off Chancery Lane is a mix of Victorian and 1990s offices, and a modern pub curving around a large office block.
A charming mews running riot with plants and old former housing for horses and servants just around the corner from the Charles Dickens Museum.
This is a narrow alley right next to Oxford Circus that is soon to vanish, replaced by a new property development.
This is covered passage next to a beautifully restored Georgian house opposite Great Ormond Street hospital.
This is a surprisingly large open space right in the heart of the City that you would only discover by passing through covered arches.
This is a new alley next to Piccadilly Circus caused by a recent redevelopment of the Regent Palace Hotel, and it’s not a restoration of an old alley, it’s entirely new.
This is a private looking cobbled* passage leading behind the grand frontages of the Regents Park buildings. The passage itself isn’t that notable, posh, clean and functional, but the buildings though, they tell a story.
This alley is a lingering remnant of a much longer passage that used to run all the way up to Fleet Street.
This is a chaming litle cobbled courtyard next to the Walkie Talkie skyscraper, that contains one of the few surviving Georgian buildings in the City of London.
This is a very modern looking, and very modern existing alley that can be found opposite the former NatWest Tower, now Tower 42.
A narrow lane near Cannon Street that’s the site of a church destroyed in the Great Fire of London.
This concealed yard next to the British Museum looks as if it’s been here for centuries, but in fact, Pied Bull Yard is barely 40 years old, or if you prefer, several hundred years old.
This is an alley that many people pass walking to and from Farringdon station with an alluringly ornate ironwork grill and gate.
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