When did I first come across street art? Maybe during uni days when we studied New York graffiti and youth cultures as part of my BA in human geography (randomly cool I know!) I know the experts say there is a big difference between graffiti and street art. Then Mr H used to plan date days out for us around London to show me street art gems.We also had fun exploring street art in Berlin and New York; definitely two of my top places. Staying closer to home, Shoreditch is a street art treasure chest. There’s a true international feel when you find out many artists have come from far to display their creative skills.
It was a fun evening this time last year when I planned a street art tour night out for the team at work. We all loved it! Our office is just around the corner from Shoreditch and so the evening gave us a chance to hear about some of the artists as well as spot new finds.
Street art never stays still so whenever I can, I stroll around the same Shoreditch streets to check out what’s new.Glad I capture street art shots as it’s forever changing…
When the weather has been ok, I’ve been lucky to mooch around Shoreditch with the buggy where Baby Munch has been busy gazing at the colours from her wheels. Recently we had a fun time exploring street art with Baby Munch in the buggy, our toddler pal Lil’ C on his microscooter and his mummy A.So here’s my street art buggy* stroll tour from October 2015 where grown-ups,toddlers and children can also enjoy some art and animal spotting (*buggy or little people obviously not essential!). If you work nearby, this walk also makes a good lunch break stroll.If I know of the talent behind the street art, I’ve mentioned them below.
1.Start off by checking out Ben Eine‘s typography work on Ebor Street. His bold colourful letters also make bold statements. Ben Eine’s work is dotted around this area. You can also find one of his amazing muriels on Middlesex Street, off Bishopsgate.Here’s one of his letters for you (also happen to be my two favourite colours for a little girl’s bedroom).Hoping you get to take in the full muriel if you can pop down.
2.Then head over to Chance Street off Shoreditch High Street to catch more muriels. There is Australia’s Reka‘s work called Keep Calm and Carry On.
Here’s Belgium’s ROA‘s hedgehog (you can’t miss it). The hedgehog has been a local resident on the massive wall for a few years now.
I also love the only way is up arrows on the corner of one of the buildings.
4.We then turned onto Bethnal Green Road and I came across this lovely message. Too right.That’s the funny thing about street art, it really is everywhere, up on the walls, on the rooftops and down on the pavement. It can be images or words.
5.Cross Shoreditch High Street and walk over to Holywell Lane. On the corner of this street you’ll see some of Paris-born Theirry Noir‘s work. His work is also a common-find around Shoreditch. His work also appeared on the Berlin Wall.
If you’re heading out with the buggy, arrive at Liverpool Street or Shoreditch High Street station as there are some escalator-free platforms. There are also lots of roomy cafes in Shoreditch in you need a pit-stop to refuel or feed the little ones. It’s best avoiding the typical lunch hour for a more leisurely adventure. Thanks to the incredible street artists who make our cities so colourful.
The November street art stroll is appearing on Lucky Things soon…
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