Enjoy London’s Street Art and Culture – for Free!

Make the most of your trip to London by immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of the hip-and-trendy Shoreditch. You can still be cultural and save your pennies by taking a stroll down the famous down Brick Lane to experience the melting pot of cultures and eclectic mix of art galleries it has to offer. Thanks to a new, interactive London street art graffiti map (link below) from The Stage; you don’t even have to be a local to know your Banksy from your Falkos.

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Core246 + Kaes – Mimikaki

London Street Art Graffiti and Culture

Core246 and Kaes

Start at Old Street Station and walk towards the junction between Rivington and Great Eastern Street. It’s hard to miss the mural which watches over the busy intersection. This piece is a collaboration between two street artists called Core246 and Kaes. It was inspired by the performance artist Ayakamay during her 2016 residency at The Red Gallery, which you’ll see directly below the street art. The piece includes many floating ‘mimikaki’ – which are ear cleaning tools – a popular spa treatment in Japan! The Red Gallery, offers plenty of free exhibitions too, just check their website to see if your visit coincides with the next one!

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Bambi – Don’t shoot

Banksy and Bambi

Follow Rivington street towards the Cargo Club, a place which hosts many famous Banksy pieces behind perspex (safe from being taken off the walls or tagged over). This is the perfect place to grab a few photos early in the morning before the bar opens from midday. Another interesting piece outside Cargo is a piece by the ‘female Banksy’, Bambi, who is also rumoured to be British singer, Paloma Faith! A stone’s throw from here you will find the long-established Autograph Gallery. Founded in 1988, this not-for-profit works with international photographers to produce many free exhibitions.

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Jim Vision – House Mural

Jimmy C and Jim Vision

Exiting Rivington Street you will find yourself on Kingsland Road; turn right and cross over the road, your first right will be Redchurch street. Your second right on this street will take you down Chance street. Follow Whitby Street to see three massive pieces by local artists Jimmy C and Jim Vision. Jimmy C paints portraits or urban landscapes in the pointillism style by spraying close to the wall and letting the paint drip. Jim Vision is a large-scale aerosol painter whose 80’s inspired comic book style pieces can be seen all over London.

Tracing your steps back to Chance street, continue to Bethnal Green road until you see Brick Lane. Along this road you will be spoilt for choice with both street art and food. From the oldest Bagel shop in London, with hard to beat prices and mouth-watering choices, to the rows of curry houses run by families who settled into this area in the 20th century.

To see more London Street Art Graffiti locations refer to this map, as mentioned earlier. As street art is subject to change and at the time of publishing most of these pieces still grace the streets. However, regular repainting and tagging means that some pieces are gone in a matter of days; so we invite anyone who knows of more recent pieces to submit them to us. Just click the ‘Add a Gallery/ London Street Art Location’ button in the bottom right-hand corner of the map.

About Heather McKay

Website: http://www.thestageshoreditch.com/

Heather has worked with the digital team at The Stage since 2015, a residential and commercial development on Curtain Road, Shoreditch. She has a background in marketing and journalism and has lead projects for the development on culture in the area, food and drink and now technology and startups.

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