Liverpool Street underground station, London (Bishopsgate west exit, top of the escalator)
Short read:Bombing with Banksy & Co.
Long read:“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish… but that’s only if it’s done properly” – Banksy. There’s no other London Walk like this one. It’s intense on the senses. It’s a corkscrew of a route that pops cork after cork of east London’s vibrant, heady, dynamic street art scene. It gets up close and personal with Banksy and Ben Eine and Shepherd Fairey and Invader and Co. It decodes them. Like a great jazz musician it improvs (because this outdoor gallery – aka Shoreditch and Spitalfields – gets “rehung”* every few months). *Six months is the average lifespan of street art in east London. So the walk – true to the scene – changes all the time. Makes for a unique buzz. Okay, Banksy, here we come.
THE STREET ART TOUR – THE PRACTICALS
The Street Art Walk takes place everySunday at 1.45 pm. Meet David D., Leo, Laura, Jackie or Fabrizio just outside the Bishopsgate West Exit of Liverpool Street Tube. Meet at the top of the escalator. N.B. the Street Art Walk ends in Shoreditch High Street, a short walk from Old Street Station and Liverpool Street Station.
N.B., David D., Leo, Laura, Jackie and Fabrizio are all experienced, top-flight, professionally qualified (Blue Badge) guides – top-flight Blue Badge guides with a speciality in the East London street art scene. “If I’m going to have my brain operated on I want a neurosurgeon, not some schlubber with a scalpel and a copy of Gray’s Anatomy.”
LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS
If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Mountain Building & Meteorites in the City of Londonwalks it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the The Street Art Tour walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.
GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS
A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.