One of my favourite things to do (and see) in London is its street art. London has amazing street artists and a great artistic vibe. If you’re looking for a great experience and you want to go off the beaten track, make sure to include street art in your London schedule.
We took two great street art tours in London:
- London Alternative Tour: We took the walking tour (in English) and had a great guide. The tour lasted about two hours and took us to all the highlights.
- London Street Art Tour: We also opted for the English walking tour. This tour ended after about four hours (including a lunch break). The pace was a bit slower, we saw all the same highlights as in the London Alternative Tour and some other streets we hadn’t visited yet.
Both tours are a great option, depending on how much time you have to spare.
Not into tours? All tours booked up? Want to explore on your own?
Although we had so much fun during our tours, we saw the most amazing things when we went to explore to city on our own. Are you planning a visit to London? Visit Shoreditch / Hackney Wick to make the most of your visit. Make sure these streets are on your list:
- Brick Lane
- Redchurch Street
- Hackney Road
- Fashion Street
- Rivington Street
Want to get to know some of the most famous street artists you can spot in London? Here are some of my favs:
- ROA: Belgium’s first, graffiti artist from Ghent. Can be spotted in Hanbury Street, Chance street,…
- Mobstr: Always funny or thoughtful. Can be spotted in Hanbury Street, Tabernacle street,…
- Ben Wilson: Genius who turns chewing gum into little pieces of art. Can be spotted on Millenium Bridge and throughout London.
- C215: France’s answer to Bansky. Can be spotted in Brick Lane, Blackall Street,…
- CityZen Kane: 3D pieces which can be spotted in Brick Lane, Redchurch Street,…
- Eine: His iconic font can be found in Middlesex Street, Old Street,…
- Jimmy C: Make sure to spot his iconic pieces in Whitby Street.
- Obey: Nowadays known as a clothing designer but also a great street artist. Can be spotted in Batemans Row.
- Borondo: True art. Can be found alongside Regent’s Canal.
- Phlegm: So pretty. Can be found in Rivington Street.
- Pure Evil: Can be found throughout London and has his own gallery in Leonard Street.
- Space Invaders: 80s back, in Brick Lane, City Road,…
- Stik: KISS, Whitecross Street, Redchurch Street,…
- and lots more
If you want to spot a Banksy, you can track his work on Google Maps. It tells you in which condition his street art is. Some of his work is preserved behind plexi glass, such as two pieces in a beer garden in Rivington Street. Always a save shot.
Interested in free (street) art galleries?
- Pure Evil Gallery, Leonard Street
- The Brick Lane Gallery, Brick Lane
- Pictures on Walls, Brick Lane
- Village Underground, Spitalfields
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