Londonist's Back Passage

By M@ Last edited 129 months ago
Londonist's Back Passage

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


34. West End Lane to Dresden Close

Where? Off the beaten track this week, to the railway hinterland beside the O2 Centre, NW6.

What? Could this be London's grimmest passage? The tiled chute - last seen in the finalé to Star Wars - has purpose built kinks to conceal knifey hood-yoofs. Each brick is artfully decorated with the tag of some local scally. To the south lies the Silverlink tracks. To the west, a Travis Perkins service yard. And at the eastern end, the evocatively named Dresden Close and its housing estate. What wonders lie to the north, we can only speculate thanks to the coils of razor-wire.

Why use? Only if you're a Londonist writer seeking the most godforsaken alleyway in the capital. Competition: if you think you know a worse shortcut, let us know and we'll take our £300 camera there to see what happens.

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Last Updated 03 May 2007


I was going to tell you about this one at some point as it was one of my favourites. Not convinced it went anywhere useful but it was cobbled and pretty and had a victoriana feel about it but sadly the building to its left is no more and it's now more of a hem to some flat land.

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