After almost a full week in London, my trip was sadly coming to an end. I spent my last day in the city exploring East London, an edgy, gritty area filled character, culture, and great cafes and restaurants. East London is also famous for its street art, and I couldn’t think of a better way to get to know the area than to go on a street art walking tour. Booked through Mind the Gap Tours, the tour guide led us on a 3.5 hour walk through Shoreditch and Brick Lane.
Viewing street art in Shoreditch is like going on a scavenger hunt. There is art literally everywhere – on walls, garages, street signs, windows, telephone poles, and even on the ground. All different art mediums are used, and the artwork ranges from huge murals that take up the entire side of a building, to teeny tiny objects that you will completely miss if you blink. You have to keep your eyes peeled at all times, because you never know what you’ll discover!
I wish I had enough room to discuss each and every work of art I saw that day, but one blog post won’t even begin to cover it. Instead, I’ve chosen some of my favorites. I don’t know the name of every artist, but I will do my best.
I loved this work by Otto Schade, who quickly became one of my favorite street artists:
This work by Senna was adorable:
The rat is by the street artist Roa. If you look really closely, to the bottom right of the rat, you can see hands peeking out as if under a curtain, giving the middle finger:
Another beautiful Otto Schade work:
This artist is appropriately named Stik:
Here’s a great work by Discreet. The poem around the owl is beautiful:
One of my favorite parts of the tour was when the guide led us into an alley that was completely covered with art.
This work is by My Dog Sighs, a second favorite artist of mine:
Another Discreet owl:
This is a great example of the variety of artwork that can appear on a single building:
This artwork was magnificent, and the texture of the man’s face became even more pronounced when you took a picture of it:
Finally, a Banksy!
I loved the bright colors in this artwork:
Does this style look familiar? It’s by Thierry Noir, the artist who painted the Berlin Wall:
A great example of buildings covered from top to bottom in art:
Here’s a great example of the different types of street art. A large painting and then little works of art placed around the street sign:
I loved Alex Diaz’s Octophant:
These miniature figures by Pablo Delgado are placed on the bottom of the wall and floor. They are a great example of how you need to look up, down, and all around when viewing the street art in Shoreditch. I would have completely missed them if our tour guide hadn’t pointed them out to me!
I loved the bright green color of the bird:
Another wonderful My Dog Sighs work:
Another work by Stik, next to an Otto Schade piece:
Just look at the detail of this work. Amazing:
I love London, too:
A beautiful work by Amara Por Dios:
A funky work by Alo:
Who doesn’t love a Fresh Prince mural?!
I could have spent day after day wandering the streets of Shoreditch looking at street art. It was truly extraordinary and so different than anything I had seen before.