"Alternative London was the first to showcase what is happening now in London's creative hotbed"
With the popularity of Banksy, London's street art is big business. What was previously known as graffitti is now becoming mainstream collectible art and also a serious must visit tour.
The majority of the "quality" street art can be found around Shoreditch just east of the City of London around Brick Lane.
The leading tour operator is Alternative London. They are currently rated in the top 5 Tripadvisor things to do in London and we are not suprised.
All tour guides have a passion for street art and a superb in depth knowledge. The walking tour lasts around 2 hours and takes in murals from more than 40 artists including the rapidly emerging Cranio.
This "pay what you want" tour changes as the art changes and no two tours are the same.
For the street art tour just turn up at the goat statue on the corner of Spital Square and Brushfield St, E1. Exit Liverpool St onto Bishopsgate, walk right then turn left onto Brushfield St (between RBS building and Pizza Express)
Tours are around 2 hours and start and finish near Spitalfields Market on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12p.m & 7p.m, Fridays at 12p.m. and Saturdays at 12p.m & 3p.m.
Tours need to be booked in advance as places are limited
See photo gallery: London Street art
New: Street Art 2 gallery
Alternative London: website
Our photographers comment:
Experience: I'm really glad you sent me there as I extremely enjoyed it. I'm an artist myself, so for me it was very inspiring and interesting.
The tour guides have a unbelievable knowledge about street art and history behind most of the artwork on the streets of London.
Most of them come from artistic backgrounds, for example my tour guide Josh finished his degree in Fine Art and he was interested in street art and graffiti sine he was 14.
Tour itself is really interesting and it doesn't feel like 2 hours of walking around London. I wish i wasn't taking as many pictures because I missed out on at least 50% of what he was saying but i think about taking this tour again sometime in April to actually take my time to study these artworks and ask him more questions.
I was lucky because as we walked towards Ebor Street, very famous artist Ben Eine (purple jacket) was doing his commissioned street art. Apparently he the only street artist who got his artwork exhibit in the White House.