The graffiti legal tunnel on lake street has become a popular tourist spot since the Cans festival of street art initiated by Banksy in 2008. Banksy held a graffiti and street art festival in the tunnel (300 meters) and invited all his friends, talented street artists from Britain and the world, to come and bring color to what was previously a gloomy, threatening, and neglected tunnel. After the festival, the Lake street tunnel was no longer a dank and dirty cult, but a bold, colorful and alternative place where artists could showcase their work and take pride in it.
The tunnel that hides under Waterloo Station now allows unique and free artistic access to a huge variety of graffiti and street artworks that change frequently. Since Leake Street Arches is a legal place to create street art, it is very popular with artists from different fields who come to the tunnel to experiment, create, meet, learn, and more. However, the meaning of popularity Isthat most of the works are short-lived and will not last long, and the visit to the tunnel offers a different and unique art experience on each visit. Some evenings of the week there are spontaneous parties of breakdance, hip hop, graffiti, DJ in the tunnel… And a strong smell of weed wafted through the air😊.
The sheer number of artists working tunnel means there's always something new to see. While it can be difficult to say goodbye to old pieces we've loved, the positive side is that we will be rewarded with a new series of works performed by leading artists from all over the world in return.
London holds some of the largest and best collections of graffiti and street art in the whole world. Local and international artists have decorated London streets with an incredible set of creative pieces, raging from miniature paper sculptures to murals several stories tall.
Areas such as Shoreditch, Camden, Brick Lane, and Leak Street are well-known in London for their illuminated murals, the alternative atmosphere they create, the variety of artistic techniques, and the mutual respect between leading international artists and emerging street and graffiti artists.
Can anyone graffiti on Leake Street?
This 300-meter-long tunnel is London's largest legal graffiti wall and has been a stronghold of the city's street art scene since its inception in 2008. Today, the tunnel walls are completely covered with hundreds of small and huge works by emerging artists, alongside works by leading international artists. The activities at Leake street arches are based on the bylaws from which I have chosen to translate a few sentences: "We are excited to support the creative community operating in the tunnel and to ensure that other people in the area continue to value the contribution that the activities in theRiver Bringing to the neighborhood. Graffiti and street art are allowed, and actively encouraged, on the walls and ceilings of Leake street arches, graffiti outside the licensed area will be removed."
Aside from graffiti and street art, Leake Street Arches has a variety of other attractions such as restaurants, bars, cafes, a space for live events, and more. The London Eye is also within a few minutes walk.
Graffiti and street art are a changing and dynamic – the appearance of an art work on the map, does not prove that the work still exists, and has not been disrupted/removed/deleted.
The maps contain about 50% of the art works in those neighborhoods – so you always have more to discover by yourself…
This post is part of a dedicated series of posts on street art and graffiti in London
Among the artists in posts about London:
ROA, Stik, Zabou, Nerone, Banksy, Alice Pasquini, Soker Uno, Gary Stanger, Irony, Dan Kitchener, Voydor, Fanakapan, DRT, Sr.X, Decolife, JXC, Marija Tiurina, Woskerski, Luke Smile, Nerone , MadC, Rosie Woods, Camille Walala, David Shillinglaw, Clifton Street,
Dale Grimshaw, Busk One, Stik, Bambi, C215, Phlegm, Pegasus, Space Invader, Jonesy, Frankie Strand, Sweet Toof, Amara Por Dios, Fanakapan, Eine, Jimmy C