Painting London


“Oh, I love London society! It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what society should be.”

– Oscar Wilde

London is iconic for many things – Big Ben, high tea, Bridget Jones – and rapidly, it’s street art. 

In 2018, tags on train carriages live in the same world of Banksy – a man (or woman) who recently had the last laugh on high society after shredding his own AU$2 million dollar piece. 

The beauty of street art, is that it’s fleeting. In theory, there is nothing stopping it from being removed or painted over. The art is the experience – it’s fleeting. 

Say you find yourself in London – where would your first stop be in the pursuit of this guerilla craft?

Shoreditch

“Little Australia” has experienced rapid gentrification in the past twenty years, and is now home to a number of expats, brew pubs and cafes. Be sure to stop in at Brewdog for a pint if you’re in the area. 

Camden Town

Home to the famous London institute that is Camden Lock Market, this borough on the canals was once the industrial heartland of the city. These days it is a homage to underground and alternative culture, with a thriving music scene. 

Brick Lane 

Famous for its many curry houses and the local Bengali community, Brick Lane is also home to an array of graffiti and 3D street art captures within the walls of the borough – with the mighty Banksy himself even making a cameo. Check out the Sunday market for a wonderland of art deco collectables. 

Honourable Mentions

  • Brixton
  • South Bank
  • Hackey 

Have I missed any? Let me know!

© All text and images by Angela Wallace

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