Museums have been closed in the UK for a while and aren’t opening back in the coming weeks, but that does not mean you’re not able to see art. Here’s a short street art tour guide to start you off and introduce you to some of the best artists in London.
A walk around Shoreditch
Let’s start in the heart of London’s street art scene: Shoreditch! Head to Fashion Street to see Mr. Cenzone’s long-standing wall, located right next to Istituto Marangoni.
Where: 31 Fashion St, E1 6PX (Shoreditch)
Two streets away, you’ll find a stunning portrait by Ant Carver – oil and spray painter allying street art and traditional techniques.
Where: Hanbury Street, E1 London
A three-minute walk heading North-West will take you to Fanakapan’s latest mural, “Gassing”. Finished just a week ago, this hyperrealistic painting is worth seeing in person to appreciate the artist’s unique technique.
Where: Pedley St, London E1 6RU
Head East on Bethnal Green Road to see Joshua Vides’ work for fashion brand Nicce’s HQ. You may know the artist from his custom Air Force 1s or his collaboration with Fendi: here’s your chance to enjoy his art in person.
Where: 238-240 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AA
Retrace your steps and go towards Ebor St where Ben Eine painted his latest work “I Don’t Like This Anymore”, collaborating with artist Leon Sessix (@dotmasters).
Where: Ebor St, London E1 6AW
Grab a bagel and head to Hoxton Square for a quick break. You’ll be able to enjoy your lunch in front of Stik’s work for the city council, “Holding Hands”. You may catch his paintings around Brick Lane, but the sculpture is a must-see.
Where: Hoxton square, London N1 6NU
Finish your tour by going towards Spitalfields Market to enjoy this neon painting by David Speed. You may spot other artworks of his around the area considering how recognizable his style is. A nice making-off video is available on his Instagram if you are interested in the process.
Where: 104 Commercial St, E1 6LZ London
Street art is not ALL Shoreditch in London – even though it’s the fastest way to come across numerous artworks in a short amount of time. If you’re willing to go the extra mile, here are a couple walls you should check out.
Go around Mayfair to have a chance to see one of the few Banksy’s that haven’t been altered over time. Painted about 7 meters above floor level,” The Falling Shopper” is perfectly intact.
Where: 25 Bruton Ln, Mayfair, London W1J 6JQ (Mayfair)
The artist painted a new piece a couple weeks ago on one of the walls of the former prison in Reading. It’s not that close to London, but dedicated fans might still give it a go.
Where: Forbury Rd, Reading RG1 3HY
AKA JIMMY C
All the way down to Brixton is Jimmy C’s gorgeous tribute to David Bowie. AKA Jimmy C is one of the first artists who implemented pointillism in street art, and uses this technique for most of his works. He painted this mural of Bowie back in 2013, which became a real place of adoration for the rockstar’s fans after his passing in 2016.
Where: 472-488 Brixton Rd, London SW9 8EH
Pegasus work is very prized in the street art world. Her most famous series is a tribute to Amy Winehouse, the late pop-star who passed away in 2011. Although most of these pieces aren’t visible anymore, you can still find a few – that one is in Camden.
Where: 49 Parkway, London NW1 7PN (Camden)
And while you walk around, make sure to spot all the invaders around!
Invader is a French artist working with ceramic tile mosaics. You can actually download his App on your smartphone and try to collect his invaders; by taking a picture of one, you get attributed points, the goal is to find them all. There is a total of almost four thousand invaders across the world, and 150 are to be found in London.
Where: Everywhere! (But this particular one is above The Bell pub on Brandon Road)
By Stan Chalbos