Sugar Bakers Court, EC3 – IanVisits

This rather small dead-end of an alley is in an area of London that is surprisingly rich in ancient history, but also offers an amazing view of a modern landmark.The area around Sugar Bakers Court is likely to have been [Read entire story]

Church Entry, EC4 – IanVisits

This short alley, and indeed most of the surrounding land lies within the late 13th century Blackfriars friary, which in it’s time was one of the largest single sites within the old City of London.Within the friary was a [Read entire story]

Shepherdess Place, N1 – IanVisits

This alley is notable for appearing in a very famous song, of which most of us know just one line – Pop! goes the weasel.Situated just to the north of Old Street is Shepherdess Place, with a distinctive pub on the [Read entire story]

Pedley Street Arch, E1 – IanVisits

Alleys are often ancient cracks in the streetscape allowing people to slip between buildings to escape otherwise onerous routes around streets. A modern counterpart is the footbridge that leaps across otherwise [Read entire story]

Hartshorn Alley, EC3 – IanVisits

This is both delightful, in a 1980s sort of way, and yet somewhat perplexing alley in the City of London.The puzzle is why it’s still here – being barely a moment from the end of the road, so anyone using it as a short [Read entire story]

Mason’s Yard, SW1 – London News and Events Guide

This is a space that will be very familiar to art fans, and a mystery to many, for this hidden square in posh St James is also home to a very famous art gallery.There are two entrances, a narrow alley from the East which [Read entire story]

Crown Passage, SW1 – IanVisits

A picturesque alley that’s lined with ancient shops and inns, and within staggering distance of royal palaces and posh clubs.Crown Passage appears to have been built sometime before 1673, when King Street to the north [Read entire story]

Rose Alley, EC2 – IanVisits

This easily overlooked gap in a row of shabby shops opposite Liverpool Street station is one of my favourite London alleys, because it’s awful.It’s almost everything I love about the hidden delights of nooks and crannies [Read entire story]

London’s Alleys – Doby Court, EC4 – IanVisits

This is a peculiar little thing, being two alleys separated by an ancient City of London street. Doby Court lies in a little warren of medival London streets near Cannon Street in an area that was home to a number of [Read entire story]

London’s Alleys – Mile End Place, E1 – IanVisits

Hidden in a side street off busy Mile End road is a tiny enclave of cute cottages, surrounded by death. This is Mile End Place, and is exceptionally easy to miss as the road leading to it is probably the least inviting [Read entire story]