London has one of the most vibrant and exciting street art scenes in the world.
Artists come from far and wide in order to paint its walls. Visitors come from miles to see the street art in London.
The East End of London in particular has a renowned reputation. There are however other fantastic spots with some great art scenes in their own right.
It’s always changing, of course, but we will reveal here the best 3 places that mean street art in London.
So, let’s begin:
Brixton is growing and has seen a number of street festivals starting to take place with live street art at it’s core. Wander round the streets close to the station and you’ll see works from Louis Masai, Jimmy C and Sweet Toof amongst others.
Other spots include the Duke of Edinburgh pub, the Brixton Jamm and the Stockwell Hall of Fame. It’s a growing area and it’s only going to get better.
Leake Street Tunnel
A 300-metre tunnel underneath Waterloo Station, this place is completely and utterly covered in street art. It was made famous by Banksy seven years ago when he held a Festival of Cans there and since then it’s become a legal place to spray – street art, stencil, graffiti; you’ll find all different styles under the one roof.
A lot of people go there to practice so it’s almost guaranteed that you will see people spraying there.
And you won’t see the same art there from one day to the next. It changes that quickly. Literally, someone will be spraying in the morning and someone will be spraying over it in the evening.
It’s not the most obvious place but Penge broke into this list in 2019. The town in South London has a huge density of street art. Curated by our friends at London Calling Blog.
They’ve been working to build up the scene over the past few years. Street Art has started to expand the area and now murals can be found in every part of Penge.
It’s quite an impressive achievement with works from some of the best London based talent. To have a look at some of the art of Penge. Have a look at these posts from 2018 and 2019.
Shoreditch and Brick Lane merge into each other, but there is so much art here I recommend doing it separately. Starting at Boxpark, the pop up mall made from shipping containers, head up Great Eastern Street where you’ll see the Shoreditch Art Wall on the left hand side.
Generally you see graffiti street art here but sometimes there is paid advertising done in a street art fashion. Currently it’s got a beautiful Amara por Dios piece, sponsored by Sony, done in UV paint.
Like Brick Lane, there is art on most of the streets. On Holywell Lane, Village Underground have a big wall that changes over every few months.
Up on Leonard Street check out the Pure Evil gallery, then head into Ravey Street, where there’s more hoardings around building work as well as in between Blackall and Willow Street. A lot of people practice on the Blackall side and you’ll see a lot of letters on the back end of the street.