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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
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Published July 7th 2011

So - why write about a shortcut? Well, if you knew the history of it, plus the fact that not many people know it's there - well you can see the point.

Newman Passage is a taste of what London used to look like - it is small, cramped and narrow - but also remarkably atmospheric. Also it serves as a fantastic shortcut off the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street - linking straight from Soho to Fitzrovia without having to battle the hoards along London's busiest pedestrian thoroughfare.

The history of the passage is even more amazing than it's practicality - having been around for a few years shy of 300, you can imagine that history seeps from the walls around this small, cobblestone alleyway. It is because of this that movie and TV programme makers have been lured to this small inlet of Ye Olde London. One of the most popular programmes of the early '80s, Minder, had an opening scene filmed here.

Follow the passageway through to the end and you'll come out at the Newman Arms - another key place to both the passageway, and as a place to visit in its own right. Peeping Tom, a famous British movie from the '60s featured a grizzly murder scene near the pub - though now it is probably better known for its pies.

So next time you fancy a little shortcut, why not take yourself for a little trip through time and experience the London you thought no longer existed?

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Why? To see history while taking a shortcut
When: Whenever you want (though take care at night)
Where: Newman Passage W1T
Cost: Nothing
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