It is no secret that the best place to see street art in London is Shoreditch. For those of you who are less familiar with the city, Shoreditch is a trendy, artsy neighborhood at the east of London. Shoreditch is a pretty industrial area with a raw, hipster vibe to it. Though I am a big fan of the more classical architecture in London, such as the Gregorian, Victorian, Edwardian (etc) buildings, I also love extreme urbanity, and East London has a magnificent display of just that.
I walked around shoreditch a couple of times. As I was carried away by all the lovely sights, it is quite hard for me to track my exact steps, but I will try to give you a general idea of my route. I started at the neighboring Clerckenwell and walked east on Old street (one of Shoreditch’s main streets). I then took a right on High street, and from there I just strolled randomly through smaller streets and mews, letting myself drift off, and just follow the most colorful sites.
I finally ended up at Old Spitalfields Market, and made my way north to Brick Lane market. At the back of the old vintage market, I found a very nice display of street art, with some graffiti, as well as 3D art. I then kept going north on Brick Lane, and took a right after the food halls (at Buxton street). Once on Buxton I kept walking till the Spitalfields city farm, where I took a left. This led to an amazing view of grass as far as the eye could see, along with numerous murals and graffiti.
I kept walking straight till the train tracks, and found the Communal Nomadic Garden, which is one of the most colorful, artsy and relaxing places in the city. This is a must, if you are a fan of nomadic culture or of street art!
All in all, I really recommend visiting this part of the city, following graffiti, enjoying the Brick Lane market (if it happens to be a Sunday), and enjoying the great cafes in the area. More on that next time!