Street art has become one of the greatest visual movements of our time, and provides artists with the perfect outlet to express their own political concerns, thoughts and emotions. This magnificent form of expression has gained a huge amount of followers over the years which is especially the case in London, as today the city boasts a central art hub attracting both street art followers and artists from all over the world.
East London in particular is well-known for its countless pieces of street art, and many boring, grey walls in the area have been brought to life with artwork thanks to this visual movement. Banksy and other renowned artists have paved the way for London’s street art movement, and have contributed to the growth of visitors interested in seeing their work.
But apart from East London, there are many other neighbourhoods which display some of the most amazing street art pieces in the world which some visitors to London may or may not know about:
This neighbourhood (located in East London) is one of the greatest street art hubs in the city, and attracts many artists and locals who come to see these everchanging and evolving art pieces throughout the neighbourhood.
Although much of Banksy’s artwork has been erased, distorted or even stolen over time, there are still some pieces to discover around London. In Shoreditch, you can find two of his satirical pieces: “Guard Dog” and “His Masters Voice,” which are located on Irvington Street. To see one of the most popular and endearing art pieces made by the famous artist Stik (which is said to represent London’s cultural diversity) head to Princelet Street.
Another interesting spot would be none other than Fashion Street, which displays some of the most amazing imageries in East London. Take a look to the stunning mural located on Chance Street, which is a part of ROA ́s collection inspired by animals: A huge eccentric hedgehog!
Suggestion: Take a walk along Brick Lane (which is essentially the epicentre of where the street art movement first began in London) and then work your way around the extended, bordering areas.
This area of East London has brought together many recognisable artists. Hackney Wick has been declared by many people as “the new Shoreditch,” and its canals and stunning pieces of art truly make this area special. Walk around the train station, Fish Island or the Hertford Union Canal, amongst other spots, to find masterpieces made by Louis Masai, Bailon or Stik.
To discover even more street art charm, walk along Hackney Road and admire many astonishing graffitis to see how many renowned artists have turned boring walls into colourful works of art.
Camden Town is a a popular northern London area that never loses its artistic character. Apart from its countless vintage shops, food markets and bars, you will also find amazing pieces of street art, some of which honour the late singer Amy Winehouse who once called Camden her home.
The most amazing graffitis are located on Camden Road, Hawley Street, Camden Lock, Castlehaven Road, Kentish Town Road or Jamestown Road, where a flashy portrait of John Lennon will delight many fans.
Waterloo Station hides an amazing street art tunnel known as Leake Street, which is a legal graffiti area where many artists (not necessary renowned), communicate their emotions and thoughts through this amazing form of self-expression. If you are around Southbank or staring at the beauty of the London Eye or Big Ben, take the time to discover this colourful tunnel.
Banksy discovered this spot in 2008 and filled its walls up with his own personal graffitis. When his original secret treasure “came to light,” it turned into a kind of canvas for anyone who wanted to display their art pieces. Since then, many artists have used this spot, with the many graffitis and art pieces changing and evolving over time. A very interesting and must-see place for street art, to say the least!
This vibrant neighbourhood located in South London has become an emerging street art hub, and because of this more and more street art festivals are choosing this location to showcase the work of many artists.
As soon as you exit the metro station you can start admiring some extraordinary art pieces, with the most popular being the Jimmy C painting in honour of David Bowie, who was born in Brixton and is commonly referred to as “Brixton’s Boy.” As a matter of fact, this tribute is considered such a treasure among locals, officials even installed a transparent cover in order to preserve and protect it!
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