Graffiti, now a widely acknowledged art form, has blossomed on city walls around the world. On this London walking tour you’ll see the work of famous artists such as Banksy and Mr. Brainwash. Begin in Shoreditch and continue on to other parts of the city.
What to Expect
The origin of graffiti is unknown, although it has existed for thousands of years, with the earliest known cave paintings dating back 40,000 years! Graffiti on Roman ruins served as early advertisements for prostitution.
Still considered a punishable crime in most parts of the world, graffiti today is an expression of underlying social and political themes, especially dissent and rebellion against the status quo.
The hipsters' haven of Shoreditch is where you'll find some of the most notable works of graffiti in London. On this 2.5-hour guided walk you’ll take a dive into the graffiti art world and see some truly stunning works by a number of artists.
Banksy: Pioneering England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter, Banksy’s satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique.
Shepard Fairey: From humble beginnings as a defiant, skateboard-obsessed art student pasting up homemade stickers, Shepard Fairey has developed into one of the current day’s most influential street artists.
Space Invader: Invader is a French urban artist who pastes up characters from and inspired by the 1978 arcade game.
Christian Guémy aka C215: This French street artist hails from Paris and has been described as France's answer to Banksy.
Ben Eine Flynn aka Eine: This street artist made it to the White House.
Stik: Stik paints stick figure people as street art.
ROA: This Belgian street artist has created works on the streets of cities around the world.
Os Gêmeos (Portuguese for The Twins): These identical twin brothers hail from São Paulo, Brazil.
Conor Harrington: The Irishman's work is an incredibly successful collusion between fine art and street techniques.
There’s plenty more artistic inspiration for you to experience on this unique tour.
In front of Shoreditch High Street station (main entrance), Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3NT
Know Before You Go
This is a walking tour, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. The tour operates rain or shine.