Street Art in Shoreditch, East London

ROA Hedgehog London Street Art

“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly.” – Banksy

The London East End is known for its great and diverse graffiti and street art scene. Well-known street artists like Banksy have made the area even more famous during the last years. Simply take a walk down Brick Lane and through the countless small side streets and you will surely see lots of amazing artwork.

Crane by ROA
Crane by ROA
Street art by Paul 'Don' Smith
by Paul ‚Don‘ Smith
Street art by Lily Mixe
by Lily Mixe

Just look at all those details. Amazing, right? Especially when you consider that the artist didn’t have much time to finish this artwork.

Tribute to Charlie Burns
Tribute to Charlie Burns

Street Art

Soul is cheap
Soul is cheap

If you want to get a real inside into the London street art scene, go on one of the Alternative London Tours. All of their tours are guided by street artists or people who know the street art scene very well and you will see things that you would probably walk past on your own, like for e.g. this mini sculpture by Jonesy.

Jonesy 2013

SAKI&Bitches Street Art London
Street Art by SAKI&Bitches

London Street Art Head

Street Art Heart

Moreover, when joining one of these tours you will get a lot of interesting background information on the history of the neighbourhood, different street artists, the philosophy or motivation behind street art and the problems that go along with it. After all, painting on public walls and houses is still considered vandalism and therefore illegal. Even works by famous street artists usually get painted over after a while.

Huggy Bear by Paul Don Smith
Huggy Bear by Paul Don Smith
Street Art by David Hollier
Street Art by David Hollier
Another extremely detailed work
Another extremely detailed work

Banksy once said: “Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.”

So what’s your opinion on street art? Art or vandalism?

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5 thoughts on “Street Art in Shoreditch, East London

  1. Wow, I really like these street arts. It is difficult to tell if it is art or vanadalism.
    The arts are beautiful and some make the place good looking as well, but they had no permission for it I think. Maybe some inhabitants don’t like them and felt annoyed by that.
    I think the arts are both, art and vandalism.

    1. No, usually, street artists don’t have a permission to paint where they paint, that’s why most artworks are removed after a while. I agree with you that it’s probably both, art and vandalism at the same time (and I guess that’s what makes it so interesting, too).

  2. Oh ich vermisse London immer so sehr, wenn ich so einen Post sehe. Shoreditch hat mir mit am besten gefallen. Und Notting Hill, also eigentlich zwei totale Gegensätze.
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine

    1. Notting Hill hat mir auch total gut gefallen!! Und ja, es ist wirklich das komplette Gegenteil zu Shoreditch, aber ich finde, beide Stadtteile haben ihre ganz eigene, besondere Atmosphäre. Das ist etwas, das mir generell so gut an London gefällt, kein Stadtteil ist wie der andere, jede Ecke von London hat irgendwie ihren eigenen Flair.

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