London never struck me as a huge city for street art. Apart from the famous Banksy artworks and the iconic Camden buildings, I couldn’t have told you anything about any other murals in the city, or famous street art alleys like you have in Melbourne and San Francisco.
But with the rise of the street art phenomenon, I knew London wouldn’t take long to cotton on.
Enter: Shoreditch. Because where else? Shoreditch has become a haven for creatives; a wonderland for the weird and absurd.
Which is obviously why it’s got things like this.
But on our recent visit, I was finding street art absolutely everywhere that I looked. Some of the best ones were down side streets or in hidden squares, but there was much in plain view. I could have quite happily spent a whole day just wandering!
And when I uploaded a whopping sixty photos for my off-beat London post, I realised that a lot of them were street art, and I had no idea how to narrow them down to a reasonably blog-post-sized amount.
So here’s a photo dump of the whole lot (or most of them, anyway!).
Some are somewhere between Old Street station and Shoreditch station; many are between Shoreditch and Brick Lane. But I’m not going to give away all the locations, because half the fun was wandering around and happening across them! (And I’m sure there are loads of fantastic ones that I’ve missed, too!)
This one is DOUGHNUT TIME!!!! Doughnut Time is an Australian phenomenon, and was one of my favourite places to check out when we lived in Brisbane; they have all sorts of fantastically named and decorated doughnuts of all shapes and sizes. I couldn’t believe it when I saw one in London!
They’re expensive, but please take a moment to appreciate some of these names: Bellatwix Lestrange, Snicki Minaj, Robert De N’oreo, Bueno Mars, Houston We Have Biscoff… need I go on?!?
And finally, a boob! We saw a couple of these; I think they were part of a breast cancer campaign. Still, nothing like a giant tit on a roof to catch your attention.
I can’t wait to go back and explore more of Shoreditch. The street art is popping up quicker than you can say “gentrified”.
Which one is your favourite?! I really love the Clockwork Orange one, and the one below that, too!
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