When I’m not off galavanting round the world, I regularly slip off to the East End of London to shoot Street Art. As someone who couldn’t draw a straight line it amazes me how these extremely talented guys & gals can transfer their ideas from a scrap of A4 paper to pieces that are literally the size of a house. To find Street Art in London you need to head to Shoreditch High street, when exiting the station turn left onto Sclater street and head for Brick Lane where you’ll find the majority of the street art on Brick Lane and off hidden away on the side roads.
If your heading out for the first time I would highly recommend you join a tour, so you can note the routes and where’s the best places to spot new pieces and then you can come back again & again. I recommend http://www.streetartlondon.co.uk for the authentic street art experience , led by guides who really know their stuff and are passionate about the art.
unfortunately the street art around Brick Lane can be here today, gone in the next hour , the turnover is sometimes that quick on some walls pieces don’t last the night. Here’s a selection of a few of my latest favourite pieces of street art
If your really lucky you might even stumble upon a street artist mid flow, the best time to see artists at work is usually early mornings on weekends, when the street are deserted and they can work in peace. Street art is still considered vandalism in the UK, unless the artist has the wall owners permission.
Street art spotting is hard work so if you get peckish, sure to pop into the world famous Beigel Bake the oldest bagel shop in London, that’s open 24-hour bakery a day and produces 7,000 bagels every day, Its menu is focused on bagels baked in the traditional Jewish style with fillings such as hot salt beef with mustard, chopped herring, and cream cheese. Be warned queues can get long during the day, but the salt beef and mustard beigel is worth the wait.