London is home to many artists, influencers, musicians, and just about anyone else from other creative walks of life. London is also a very big city and with that comes lots of opportunities for people to show all their artistic skills and talents throughout the different venues around the city. Street art and graffiti culture are just one of the things that let people express themselves creatively while also showing off their work to the rest of the city. If you’re looking for an interesting way to pass the time in London why not look for some of the city’s most iconic works of street art. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting street art spots around London.
1. Southbank centre / The Undercroft
Southbank Centre is a place where a lot of London artists have been featured in both exhibition galleries as well as through events. One of the most popular street art spots around here is the underground skate park which has been pretty much constantly tagged with new art since it was built. But nearby at Waterloo station is where you’ll find a long tunnel also decorated with graffiti and was also once the site of a painting event hosted by the legendary Banksy.
Address: 337-338 Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XT, UK
2. Camden Market
Camden Market is located in the historic Camden Town area of London and was once home to the legendary singer Amy Winehouse. All around the area you’ll find artistic depictions of the singer in all sorts of different styles, colors and designs. Camden is a very artistic and vibrant neighbourhood where you’ll be pretty hard pressed to not find some beautiful street art. From the Camden Locks to Kentish Town Road you’ll be able to find tons of street art.
Address: Camden Road, Camden Town, London
3. Fashion Street
Fashion Street in East London is home to the hip and trendy Shoreditch neighborhood. Shoreditch is a popular spot amongst the city’s hipsters so you’ll be sure to find lots of pieces from unknowns artists to icons like Banksy. Just walk through the neighborhood and you’ll be sure to find tons of pieces but if you’re pressed for time head to the yard of the Cargo Club on Rivington Street and check out the satirical piece from Banksy which is also adjacent to another one of his works.
Address: 83 Rivington St, London EC2A 3AY, UK
Hoxton was once located next to a forest in a wealthy area of London. When the railways came, the rich moved out and it became a working-class area. Now the area is home to tons of graffiti and murals that stretch all the way to Shoreditch. Hop on the tube and walk towards Hoxton and take in some really down to earth art from local artists or even stop by a few galleries along the way.
Address: Hoxton St. London UK
5. St George’s Walk
In St George’s Walk in Croydon, there are 64 areas that are designated as a “canvas” for street art. With all that space you can be sure that there are some beautiful works of art around here. There are also some great pieces along the high street and a few murals on Surrey Road. Vibrant works adorn the streets along many of Croydon’s brutalist buildings giving the area color and beauty.
St. George's Walk.
Address: St George’s Walk, Croydon UK
6. Turnpike Lane
When thinking about places in London to see some street art, you might head towards Shoreditch or Camden but Turnpike Lane has its fair share of iconic works. Turnpike Lane has tons of street artworks that are perhaps, best of all within a minute or two walks of each other. Shephard Fairey’s “Envision Peace” is here, painted over an old Victorian Billboard and a rat by Banksy is located just down the road.
Address: Turnpike Lane, London UK
7. Leake Street Tunnel
The Leake Street Tunnel is one of Londons largest legal street art areas and as such, there is a ton of beautiful works in here. The site is popular with tourists and locals alike and now is also a small venue for events. Thanks to Banksy, the site was host to his “Cans” festival in 2008 where 30 artists decorated the tunnel and has since had professional lighting installed.
Leake Street Tunnel
Address: Leake St, Lambeth, London SE1 7NN, UK
8. Brixton skate park
Skateboarding and graffiti go together like bacon and eggs so where you’ll find skateboarders, you’ll find some top-notch graffiti. The Brixton skate park is nearby the legendary music venue; the Brixton Academy and is an open-air skatepark. Also known as the Stockwell Sands and Brixton Beach, it was once the site of a church. Now some beautiful works of graffiti are tagged all throughout the park making it really nice and unique.
Brixton skate park
Address: 143 Stockwell Road, London UK
If you’re going to explore London’s vibrant street art scene, you can’t miss out on Shoreditch. Street art and graffiti are so iconic to the neighborhood that there are tours available bringing people around to see some pieces by legendary artists like Banksy, Sweet Toof, Stik, and Zabou. Just walking along the streets and you’ll be greeted by tons of murals, stencils and colorful works.
Address: Shoreditch London N1 6BY, UK
10. Brick Lane
Brick Lane is one of London’s most prolific street art neighborhoods, so much so that artists from around the world come here to paint and have their work admired by the masses of Brick Lane. But heading down some side streets like Heneage street and Seven Sisters Yard you’ll be greeted by some off-the-beaten-track works of art.
Address: Brick Lane, London UK
London art scene
There are tons and tons of street art around London to check out that you can’t possibly see it all in a day! But if you got some time to spend in London and are looking for something alternative to do, then definitely check out these amazing places to see the best of London’s street art scene.
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