A GUIDE TO LONDON STREET ART

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

MR CENZONE
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.
Instagram: @mrcenzone
Where: 31 Fashion St, E1 6PX (Shoreditch)

Untitled
Mr Cenzone

ANTCARVER
Two streets away, you’ll find a stunning portrait by Ant Carver – oil and spray painter allying street art and traditional techniques.
Instagram: @antcarver
Where: Hanbury Street, E1 London

Untitled (2020)
Ant Carver

Fanakapan
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.
Instagram: @fanakapan
Where: Pedley St, London E1 6RU

Gassing (2020)
Fanakapan

JOSHUA VIDES
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.
Instagram: @joshuavides
Where: 238-240 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AA

Nicce’s headquarters
Joshua Vides

BEN EINE
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).
Instagram: @einesigns
Where: Ebor St, London E1 6AW

STIK
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.
Instagram: @stikstudio
Where: Hoxton square, London N1 6NU

Holding Hands
Stik

DAVID SPEED
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.
Instagram: @davidspeeduk
Where: 104 Commercial St, E1 6LZ London

Untitled (2021)
David Speed

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.

Banksy
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.
Instagram: @banksy
Where: 25 Bruton Ln, Mayfair, London W1J 6JQ (Mayfair)

The Falling Shopper (2011)
Banksy

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

Create Escape (2021)
Banksy

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.
Instagram: @akajimmyc
Where: 472-488 Brixton Rd, London SW9 8EH

Bowie Wall (2013)
Jimmy C

Pegasus
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.
Instagram: @pegasusart
Where: 49 Parkway, London NW1 7PN (Camden)

Amy WinehouseFallen Angel (2011)
Pegasus

And while you walk around, make sure to spot all the invaders around!

INVADER
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.
Instagram: @invaderwashere
Where: Everywhere! (But this particular one is above The Bell pub on Brandon Road)

Flash Invader
Invader

By Stan Chalbos

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