Londonist's Back Passage

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By M@ Last edited 133 months ago
Londonist's Back Passage

A tribute to the capital’s alleys, ginnels and snickleways.

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15. Lazenby Court

Where?Short alley connecting Floral Street to Rose Street, Covent Garden. Please mind your head.

What?Perhaps one of the shortest short-cuts we've yet featured, this alleyway is nevertheless a relative heavyweight historically. The Court was constructed in 1688, becoming one of the first areas to be built upon in this area. It soon gained a reputation as an excellent place to catch cholera, syphillis, or an extreme case of death thanks to the overcrowding and squalor. One notable sampler of the area's unsavoury character was the writer John Dryden, who is said to have been mugged and almost murdered while walking down Lazenby Court. This is probably nonsense though.

Why Use?File this one under the burgeoning catagory of passages with good pubs down them. The Lamb and Flag, although usually too busy to contemplate, is an excellent place for a cheeky half. In darker times, the hostelry was known as the Bucket of Blood. You'd have thought Dryden would have got the hint.

Also Good for?Given the name...topical James Bond tie-ins (we can link anything on this site!).

Last Updated 16 November 2006

Martin

Just a footnote that M@ no doubt is already familliar with; the name 'bucket of blood' was a referrence to the cock fights that used to take place on the site. Quite how many cocks it takes to fill a bucket with blood is (happily) beyond me.