Londonist's Back Passage

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Londonist's Back Passage

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


33. Newman Passage

Where? In the heart of Fitzrovia, linking Newman and Rathbone streets.

What? A tripartite affair, with a short cobbled road forming the western and southern stretches, and an alley leading east beneath the Newman Arms' pie room. Newman Passage forms part of the Berners Estate, and dates from 1746. The road stops abruptly to the south, thanks to the post office depot, which altered the street plan in these parts.

Newman Passage is perhaps most famous for its starring role in the film Peeping Tom. In the opening scene, a prostitute picks up a customer in the passage before, being murdered above the pub.

In the late 19th Century Bloomsbury crawled with anarchists, radicals and other political types. Newman Passage housed a co-operative kitchen for communist refugees. Today, the fare is less revolutionary. Above the tiny bar, the Newman Arms restaurant serves naught but pies, in a homely old British way.

Why use? Just smell those pies.

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Last Updated 25 April 2007

Mark Walley

I use this all the time coming home. It doesn't make the journey any quicker, but it's pleasanter. Also one night while walking back from a gig I heard the ghostly sound of horse hooves on the cobbles. It turned out to be a drunk woman in high heels with her mate, but still. Ghostly I tell you.

Mark Walley

Speaking of above event, I took a photograph just afterwards looking in from the other end of the alley to this photograph. It's on Flickr.

Simon Willison

The pies are absolutely fantastic, and the puddings are even better. They do a syrup sponge that can put you out of action for the entire afternoon.


hey - quite obviously Newman Passage is most famous for its appearance in the closing credits of Minder - the bent lamp post...