In London, art is all around you. This is particularly true in the streets of East London’s trendy Shoreditch, where you can find some of the best street art all year round. The Shoreditch area in East London is world famous and rich in creativity when it comes to murals, stencils and styles. Brick Lane street art is the most famous, but you can also find interesting and fun art, further out too.
Even though many of the murals are always changing, here is my guide to the best places to find street art in East London and beyond. There is so, so much to see: Eine, Dscreet, Stik, James Cochran are only a few of the iconic names on the walls in this area of London…
Here is my DIY Shoreditch street art tour, all you have to do is use the map I have pulled together for you below and head off to explore London’s best graffiti.
Use the map below to find the best places. Grab your camera and come with me!
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Shoreditch is a gem in itself, based in East London and encompassing a large area of London including Hoxton, Spitalfields, Hackney, Old Street and Brick Lane. It is an arty area adjacent to the equally hip neighbourhood of Hoxton.
Young creatives and trendsetters fill the fashionable clubs and bars that surround Shoreditch High Street, Great Eastern Street and Old Street. Make sure you add this Shoreditch Street art tour to your list of things to do in London, and refer to my post free things to do in London for even more.
An eclectic dining scene features everything from trendy chain restaurants and smart gastropubs to artisan coffee shops and noodle bars. You can enjoy shopping at Box Park at Shoreditch High Street, enjoy Cereal Café on Brick Lane, head to the market at Spitalfields and find some gems, or grab a vintage denim jacket from one of the many vintage shops in the area.
Check out my Shoreditch street art tour…
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Shoreditch Street Art Tour
Located just around the corner from Columbia Road Flower Market, I’ve included this one as it’s one of my favourite walls to have photos at when I visit Shoreditch. On the external wall of Clutch Chicken café you will find an amazing black and white monochrome geometric wall, set against the café iconic bright yellow theme.
There are a few gems around Redchurch Street, although most of the road is now being taken over by luxury boutique shops, but you can find some pieces, including a house at the corner of Turville Street, a funky wallpaper at the bottom, mural and sculpture all in one! And an adorable addition to the mural is the mushroom on the top, which was planted by Christiaan Nagel.
Fournier Street has an array of pieces of street art to enjoy but I would say the best is on the front of a former shop, and other pieces such as Disney like birds by Neon Savage, a David Bowie mural by VOXX Romana and the iconic skull by Uberfubs. Most of these creations are done by an artist called the Street Jeweller, as he also goes on to adorn his artwork with sequins or pearls.
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One of the most iconic street art murals in London is here on Princelet Street: Stik’s mural. The artist who was once homeless, started painting simple but creating stick like figures and has since made a world-wide name for himself. Princelet Street features a couple holding hands.
This piece of art by British-born Ben Eine displays his typical circus-style typography resplendent in bright colours on a black background. The elaborate lettering conveys a simple message “Peace is Possible”.
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There are only a few pieces here on Cheshire Street but they are worth a visit. Here you can find Andrea Riot’s mix of calligraphy and street art, one of Fin Dac’s ethnic characters, ALO’s vibrant abstract artwork, and Margaux Carpe’s vibrant illustration playing as always with cheerful hues and geometry.
One of my most famous streets for murals is Hanbury Street. Here you can find a giant crane projected off the side of a red-brick building by Belgium-born street artist Roa. He paints mainly birds with his preferred mode of black and white and it’s a really cool piece of art to observe. His sophisticated style means he has since been commissioned by authorities and businesses to complete artwork for festivals and galleries. To the left of Roa, is Argentinian artist Martin Ron’s hand standing man, wearing a bearskin cap and at the gate of the courtyard features a colourful series of ethnic masks by Senzart 911, an African designer.
One of my favourite places in London, Brick Lane is the epicentre of Shoreditch with markets, curry houses, interesting buildings,vintage shops and more. Street art is synonymous in this area and holds a massive presence on the street and down adjoining alleyways. Street art comes in all sizes and places here, including The Space Invader and the giant Ear. I also found a cool wall, see below, for a quick snap, just near the street food vendors. Stop at 178 Brick Lane to see Dscreet’s signature owl, Zabou’s portrait and Georgie’s variant of Banksy’s famous Tesco can.
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On Grimsby Street you will find art piece by Stik, which is two people shouting at each other. It’s become a favourite selfie place for tourists and locals alike, with passers-by standing between the two characters. Here you can also find a mural by Sweet Toof right at the corner with Cheshire Street, which is worth a stop at.
There are tons of murals here, but they don’t tend to stay for long, so you may find something different when you visit. Make sure you look up street signs on Sclater Street, where artists such as street artist Jonesy has placed funky sculptures along the street. There is also a piece of art, which is often overlooked, on your way up to the Overground from Brick Lane, where a local lady has decorated a wall with anything she finds on her way to market e.g. necklaces, Christmas decorations, lace…
If you’re going to go anywhere for street art in London, it’s Chance Street. It’s my favourite street in London for street art, because of the amazing murals and stencils, that adorn the walls. They also make the perfect photoshoot background, as you can see below. The abstract, black and white one is Sue Webster and the colourful one was decorated by MADc. Since I last week, there has been some vandalism to the walls, and they are no longer looking great, but still worth a stop for that iconic Instagram photo.
Literally just around the corner from Chance Street, is a street which is often overlooked, because its so small. But it punches above it’s weight in art, with two of my favourite pieces of street art. Not only can you find another piece by Wallala, but also an array of striking works by James Cochran using his iconic use of repeated patterns.
Located in the yard of the Cargo Club, on Rivington Street, is a satirical masterpiece from none other than the world-famous graffiti artist Banksy. This whole area is known for Banksy murals and it’s a great way to see many of the iconic Banksy in a short period of time. You’ve only got to turn around to see another piece of art from the artist.
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St Matthew’s Row
A recent addition to St Matthews Row, just a few minutes walk from Brick Lane is the mural of David Attenborough. We first visited a few months ago the mural was like the one you see below, with David and a bird of paradise, much like you see in the TV programmes he does. When we returned last week, the mural had changed slightly and the bird was now a skeleton, presumably to represent climate change, species going extinct and environmental challenges. Worth a visit if you are near Brick Lane!
Taking a Guided Shoreditch Street Art Tour
There are plenty of guided tours of the graffiti in Shoreditch. Obviously you get a lot more background and information on a guided tour – particularly if you book onto a private tour. Check these ones out for starters.
How Long Does it Take to Follow This Shoreditch Street Art Trail?
About two hours. I’d allow three so you can take your time and don’t have to hurry. All of the spots are close together, so it’s not too bad distance-wise.
Shoreditch Street Art Map
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