London is home to a number of world class galleries and plays host to numerous incredible art exhibitions but if it’s street art you want to see, it’s best to set course for the coolest neighbourhood in town; Shoreditch.
For many years Shoreditch has been known as an area where up and coming musicians kick start their career and show off their talents, and this is now the case for the burgeoning urban art scene too. There are lots of roads in Shoreditch where visitors can see graffiti-style artworks, many of which are a short distance from the M By Montcalm Shoreditch; it’s just a case of knowing where to look.
If you’re interested in this emerging facet of the art scene, here are some of the top places to visit to get a feel for street art in all its glory.
Rivington Street: Head to Rivington Street to feast your eyes on one of Banksy’s satirical pieces. This is a great starting point if you’re new to street art, with an intro courtesy of the format’s best-known star. There are a number of other pieces of art decking buildings the length and breadth of the street, adding pops of colour and urban expression in what would otherwise have been a standard city street.
Great Eastern Street: A top spot for street art in London. Here you’ll find a tribute to actor Bob Hoskins and two graffiti covered tube trains, both of which are iconic in the area.
Princelet Street: For those staying at M By Montcalm Shoreditch, take a wander out to Princelet Street. This is where you’ll find Stik’s graffiti shutter doors, created to represent the diversity of London. Stik, like Banksy, is a well-known artist whose work can be found around the city.
Shoreditch High Street: Take a walk along Shoreditch High Street and you’ll quickly see an array of interesting and impressive pieces of graffiti, all of which work together to create a cool artistic vibe.
Brick Lane: A tour of street art in London wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the famous Brick Lane. Brick Lane has long been known as an area of artistic fashion and vintage style, and this is heightened by the great art that’s now scattered around. Art can be found on doorways, down alleyways and on posters so keep your eyes peeled and your camera at the ready.
Seven Stars Yard: The Seven Stars Yard is one of the most popular graffiti walls in Shoreditch and it’s been established as a go-to place for street art for a number of years. The artwork here is always changing, so every visit will offer something different.
If you are interested in a more organised look at Shoreditch’s art, check out one of the walking tours on offer. There are a few different Shoreditch street art tours, all of which are perfect for those looking to get an overall introduction to London’s art scene.