STREET ART in East London

Street Art, what is it?  Is it the graffiti that you see from the train? Probably not.  Is it council commissioned murals? Possibly.  Stencils spray-painted onto walls?  Yes, but that’s not all it is.  Venture east from Liverpool Street station and look around you: stickers, paintings, linocuts, sculptures and stencils all vie for your attention. Head towards Brick Lane via Brushfield and Fashion Streets.  Take a look at the lampposts; many are festooned with stickers that act as calling cards for visiting artists.  Don’t forget to look on top of the post as some are topped with sculpture; this bird is by Jonesy and can be seen on Princelet Street.

Jonesy, Shoreditch, London

Lots of the street signs on Brick Lane have spray-painted men on them transforming them into sources of witty amusement.  Keep an eye out for plaster heads affixed to walls, these are the work of French artist Gregos.  My favourite was this rather fine linoprint of a deer by Fusca.  As it is down at pavement level, chances are that it has been either changed or painted over by now.

Deer, Shoreditch, London

Wandering around and just looking is fine but taking a walking tour makes you realise the vast diversity of work on show.   Shoreditch Art Tours was the name that I picked at random.  Dave was an excellent guide and £15 a fair price.  Since my tour with him, I have been back with the Junior CW’s and friends for a more leisurely stroll.  Without Dave I would not have known to download the Gif-iti app onto my phone.  INSA (the artist) created this work that looks neat and accomplished but viewed via the app it comes alive and is amazing.

Cycle of Futility, INSA, Shoreditch, London

Curry is no longer the staple dish of Brick Lane.  There are all manner of coffee and chocolate shops that have popped up.  One was owned by the Granddaughter of a Café owner.  She put a picture of her with her Grandfather up in the café.  Street artist Jimmy C was inspired to paint Joe’s Kid in Fashion Street on the exterior wall.  Unfortunately the cafe is no longer there but the mural is. 

If it is Banksy you are looking for, check out my post about the Banksy Rat near the Barbican



  1. March 24, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    We went to Shoreditch last month, I loved all the street art around there and Hoxton we found a few Banksy style ones. Sarah #WhateverTheWeather

  2. March 27, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    I love the street art in East London. I’ve been a couple of times to this area and I think it really adds character and brings the area to life. These are such cool examples. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather xx

  3. March 29, 2016 / 12:13 am

    I’ve not seen a huge amount of street art (I live in a small town in Scotland!), but from the little I do see, my favourites are the large colourful designs, although some of the black and white ones are quite cool too. I imagine there’s a lot to see in London! Thanks for linking it up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  4. April 26, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    I like the bright, colourful ones!;) #city tripping

  5. Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
    April 26, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    I would love to go on a similar guided tour as I am very guilty of walking around being completely unaware of all the incredible street art on the walls. The examples you have selected really add character and a uniqueness to an area. Thanks for linking up to #CityTripping

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