The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London

The capital of the United Kingdom — London boasts some of the most brilliant and exciting street art scenes in the world, from stunning Banksy pieces to graffiti by emerging artists. Public street art in London is an absolutely dynamic, vibrant, and colourful culture. Find out below where in London can you discover the biggest and best creative collections of uncommissioned street art in the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions about London Street Art

Where can I find the best street art in London?

To discover the best street art in London, explore areas such as Brick Lane in East London, Leake Street Tunnel in South London, and Rivington Street in Shoreditch.

London, UK/Europe; 21/12/2019: Leake Street, underground tunnel with graffiti covered walls in London. Scene with pedestrians and graffiti artists.

What are some best places to see street art in London?

Some of the best places to see street art in London are Hanbury Street, Murales of Miller Street, and the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery.

Can I go on a street art tour in London?

Absolutely! Street art tours are popular in London, offering guided walks to explore the vibrant street art scene across the city.

London Street Art Tour: East London is home to some of London’s most vibrant neighborhoods, but it’s best to visit with a local guide. This 2-hour walking tour will introduce you to the historic sites, eclectic street art, and lively markets of the East End, including Spitalfields Markets, Brick Lane, and Shoreditch.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London

Shoreditch Street Art Tour: As well as great restaurants, bars, and boutiques—Shoreditch is well-known for its diverse street art scene, and this tour is your shortcut to finding hidden murals, stencils, and artwork that you might not uncover alone. Join a guide on a specialty street art-themed tour that starts at Old Spitalfields Market and visits Brick Lane and Shoreditch. Along the way, hear stories about local artists and learn how to interpret different pieces.

Are there any locations in London known for street art?

Yes, London is filled with locations where you can find stunning street art pieces, including the famous Leake Street Tunnel and Clare Street in North London.

What are some secret spots to find street art in London?

For secret street art gems, explore areas like Old Street and take a walking tour through London’s street art alleys.

Is East London known for its urban art?

East London is renowned for its thriving street art scene, including vibrant pieces along Brick Lane and Rivington Street.

What makes Camden a great place for London street art?

Camden, a district in North London, is renowned for its vibrant street art scene. Several factors contribute to making Camden a great place for street art. Camden is known for its eclectic and bohemian atmosphere, which fosters creativity and self-expression. The area’s diverse population and cultural richness create an environment where artists feel inspired and supported.Local businesses, residents, and institutions often support street art by providing spaces for murals and installations. Community initiatives and events celebrating street art further encourage artistic expression.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London

Where can I see Banksys’ work in London?

Banksy’s work can be found at various locations across London, though some pieces may have been altered, removed, or protected over time. Here are some notable locations where you might find Banksy’s art:

The Graffiti Tunnel at Leake Street (Waterloo)
This location, also known as the “Banksy Tunnel,” is an authorized graffiti area where Banksy organized the “Cans Festival” in 2008. While the original Banksy pieces may have been covered over, the tunnel remains a vibrant spot for street art.

Portobello Road, Notting Hill
Banksy’s “Flower Thrower” (also known as “Rage, Flower Thrower”) is a famous piece located on a private wall on Portobello Road. It’s a classic example of his work combining political commentary with artistic expression.

Cargo Nightclub, Rivington Street (Shoreditch):
There is a piece of Banksy’s work protected behind a plastic cover outside Cargo Nightclub. The artwork features a worker removing graffiti and has become an iconic image in Shoreditch.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London

Clipstone Street, Fitzrovia:
The “If Graffiti Changed Anything – It Would Be Illegal” piece is located on a wall in Clipstone Street. This piece showcases Banksy’s typical satirical style.

Bruton Lane, Mayfair:
The “Shop Till You Drop” artwork is located on the side of a building in Bruton Lane. It depicts a woman falling with a shopping cart, a critique on consumer culture.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London

Chrisp Street Market, Poplar:
Banksy’s “Yellow Line Flower Painter” piece can be found here, showing a worker painting a yellow line that turns into a flower.

Chiswell Street, Finsbury:

This location features a piece called “Rat with 3D Glasses,” another example of Banksy’s recurring rat motif used to convey various messages.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London

Best Places to See Street Art in London

Leake Street Tunnel

This 300-meter-long tunnel underneath Waterloo Station is completely dominated and covered by amazing street art. Leake Street Tunnel rose to fame when Banksy organized an exhibition here in 2008, the Cans Festival. Since then, it has become a space where you can paint graffiti using spray and stencils.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London
©Duncan Cumming CC Flickr

You’ll also find a wide range of art styles, none of which are identical. Though you may not be able to discover the same piece of art from one day to the next because it is constantly changing due to a large number of individuals spraying nonstop on the walls. This is where many street artists practice after all.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London
©Ethan Doyle White, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Hackney Wick

Formerly an industrial area, Hackney Wick has a high density of artists who live nearby. It is important to know where you’re going exactly as you just can’t wander aimlessly like in Brick Lane or Shoreditch. After getting off at Hackney Wick Station, there are two interesting choices for you. You can either go to Number 90 Bar, which is nestled on the canalside with plenty of street art or walk towards Wallis Road to see the exquisite mural painted by Martin Ron Murales.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London
©The wub, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Furthermore, drop by Fish Island if you want to see some masterpieces by Sweettooth. Explore Smeed Road, Bream Street, Dace Road, and Stour Road, all within the small Fish Island. If you are in London for a couple of days, look for accommodations close to the Hackney neighbourhood. Staying in the heart of the city will make it easier for you to explore the street art, with everything accessible and within walking distance.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London
©Julian Osley / Graffiti, Fish Island, Hackney Wick

Brick Lane

Treat the Brick Lane area as a treasure hunt since there is so much interesting street art to see as artists from all over the world come here to paint. Start your tour from Stolen Space Gallery and then head to the markets where you’ll see every street on both sides painted with breathtaking artwork.

You can see a unique graffiti portrait on Commercial Street at Toynbee Hall wherein the hair is made from real ivy leaves that crawl down the building. A short detour to the left of Brick Lane along this side street is recommended. Fashion Street and Star Yard are home to several major murals and paste-ups.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London

Another great street is Hanbury, where the famous ‘Big Rower’ wall is situated. Don’t forget to check out the stunning Bicicleta Sem Freio piece and the popular Corbet Place. You’ll find here D-Face, Banksy’s car, Giant, and a 3D ‘bow’ up on a wall. Lastly, pay a visit to Monty’s Bar for an intimate atmosphere to be one with art. Who knows, you may bump into one of the artists here while having a drink since it is one of their go-to places.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London
©Duncan Cumming CC Flickr

Street Art in Shoreditch

Though Shoreditch and Brick Lane merge into each other, both are known for their diverse street art. This is why it is highly advisable to visit and wander the area one street at a time. Pieces by popular names like Banksy, Ben Eine, Stinkfish, Cranio, and Rolla are abundant in Shoreditch, making it hard to miss.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London

Start your tour by exploring the pop-up mall made from shipping containers in Boxpark. Then, head towards Great Eastern Street and be in awe of the Shoreditch Art Wall. Make sure not to miss Ravey Street, where many hoardings around buildings attract graffiti artists like moths to a flame.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London


If you enjoy street art, a visit to Brixton is a must. Unlike other London graffiti hotspots such as Shoreditch or Hackney, where artists change frequently, Brixton boasts the largest collection of historical murals from the 1980s, as well as more recent works by Jimmy C and Dreph.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London

Just over the road from Brixton Station into Brixton Road, the street is home to David Bowie’s iconic orange mural that’s become a big cornerstone piece within the region since 2013. It represents the late icon’s picture adorning the cover of his 1973 record Aladdin Sane, and the spot was specially chosen given the singer’s long Brixton residency.


A tremendous array of vivid, original street art can be found all across Camden aside from being known for its contributions to fashion, music, and art. Otto Schade, Onesto, Pegasus, and Gnasher are just a few of the well-known, worldwide, and local street painters whose work can be found along the side streets off Camden High Street and Chalk Farm Road.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London

As you leave the Camden Town Station, you’ll come across a bright graffiti painting made by the street art organization AeroArts. Since Amy Winehouse’s rise to popularity and untimely death in 2011, there has been a lot of love for the singer in Camden Town, and various murals have appeared in her honour.

Bronze statue of late singer Amy Winehouse in Camden Town. It was unveiled on what would have been her 31st birthday, 3 years after her death.  Street Art in London


Dulwich is one of London’s most innovative street art initiatives, and the subject of the critically praised Street Art, Fine Art book. Artists from across the world flock to the Outdoor Gallery to be inspired by the permanent collection of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s 17th and 18th-century baroque artists.

The 7 Best Places to See Street Art in London
©Peter Faulkner, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Street artists replicate these paintings, and based on these inspirations they add their signature house style to make it their own. Conor Harrington, Stik, Mear One, and System are just a few of the well-known urban artists whose work can be found across the neighbourhood. Over 20 sculptures, ranging in size from microscopic to several stories high are installed throughout East Dulwich, Dulwich Village, and Herne Hill.

Have you ever been to one of these streets? What is your favourite street art in London?

Guest Post contributed by Auston. Auston runs the blog Two Bad Tourists and is also a freelance writer. His work has been featured in many publications including Attitude Magazine, Edge Media Network, The Houston Chronicle and ManAboutWorld Magazine. 

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  • Faith was born in Ireland raised in Canada and has lived in over 10 countries in Europe including England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Northern Ireland, Wales, along with Mexico, Antigua, the US and has slow travelled to over 40 countries around the world. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Women's Studies Faith is a student of history, culture, community and food and has written about these topics for over 40 years.

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