Street Art Tour of Brick Lane, London

Hookedblog Street Art Tour of Brick Lane, London

Over the last 10 years or so, London and more specifically East London has become known as the epicenter of the UK’s street art scene. Street artists from across the globe and the UK travel to paint the neighborhood walls, making it a must-visit destination. Don’t miss the key street art hotspots with our guide and Brick Lane Street art map.

We often get asked where are the best places to find street art in London? Be the question via email or on Twitter we will more often than not suggest people take one of the many Brick Lane street art tours that are on offer in the neighborhood if they want to know a little more about the history of the area and the story behind Brick Lane's street art and the street artists who create the vibrant ever-changing works.

Our recommendations for those of you wanting to take this kind of tour would be Shoreditch Street Art Tours or Alternative London, both of whom have been awarded certificates of excellence by Trip Advisor. We have been friends with the teams who run these tours and take it from us they both have tour guides that are exceptionally knowledgable on the subject of Street art around Brick Lane and the surrounding neighborhoods of Shoreditch and Hackney.

For those of you who might not want to commit to a 2-hour tour with a large tour group, and maybe want to go it alone we have compiled a short Hookedblog Street Art Tour of Brick Lane. This guide includes some key locations and a google map you can download to your own mobile device to help you track down some of the best street art highlights in the neighborhood. Let’s jump in and look at where you can find the best Brick Lane street art.

Hookedblog Brick Lane Street Art Tour 

Our walking tour starts at Aldgate East Underground station ( District and Hammersmith and City trains stop at this station), taking you from one end of Brick Lane to other with our tour finishing up at Shoreditch Overground Station.

On exit of the Aldgate East Underground station turn right on to Whitechapel High Street walking toward Osborn Street. Turn down onto Osborn Street which continues onto Brick Lane.

01. Osborn Street

The first location is the Stolen Space gallery to the left as you head down Osborn Street. The space is an artist-run gallery owned by London street artist D*face. The gallery regularly hosts exhibitions and it is always worth a visit for those who have an interest in street and urban art.

In addition to the exhibitions, the gallery has a small shop area to the front of the space with a selection of street art books for sale along with a selection of other artist merchandise from pin badges, stickers, teeshirts and screen prints.

Continue down Osborn Street and the first spot on our Brick Lane Street Art map is a piece by insert name pictures below.

There are a number of street artworks that are located on some of the side streets off Brick Lane and we have included a number in our list below as they are worth the short detour.

Brick Lane Street Art Tour - Jimmy C Mural

London based Australian street artist Jimmy C, aka James Cochran's mural on Fashion Street, London.

02. Fashion Street

A short detour to the left of Brick Lane down this side street is a must, there is a number of large pieces to be seen on Fashion Street including mural works from street artists Jimmy C, Dreph, Mr. Cenz, and HNRX. 

This is also a large wall of stickers and paste-ups that is frequently changing and features multiple artists both international and local. Street artists such as Donk London, Aida, Zombiesqueege aka Ben Rider to name a few. 

Double back down Fashion Street onto Brick Lane and our next stop is another must, head down Heneage Street which is adjacent to Fashion Street.


One of a number of large-scale hand-painted paste-ups on Fashion Street, London. Pictured above is the work of American street artist Pyramid Oracle.

03. Heneage Street

Continue past the Pride Of Spitalfields pub ( great characterful old east end boozer) and head toward the outdoor kids play area towards the end of the street, turn back and you will see on the gable end of the buildings a large piece by London based Street Artist Phlegm. The black and white artwork features some of the artist signature characters which work really well on this wall. 

Hookedblog's Brick Lane Street Art Tour - Phlegm Mural

Directly opposite this Phlegm mural, you will see small access passageway pictured below, cross into space and tucked away on the back wall is a large scale mural by London street artist Fanakapan with an impressive 3D helium balloon style piece featuring the lead character from the Pixar / Disney movie ‘UP’.

Other works on the street include an almost invisible piece by NY based artist Dan Witz, a shutter by Malarko (only visible when the business next to the Pride pub is closed), US street artist Never and artists Hunto and Mr. Wany.

Hyper-realistic 'Up Yours'  helium balloon Mural by London graffiti artist Fanakapan

London street artist Fanakapan's "UP" mural outside the 5thBase Gallery off Heneage Street, London.

03. Seven Star Yard 
Back on Brick Lane and next location on our walking tour is the Star Yard, another small side access road to the left of Brick Lane. With a number of semi-legal walls to the back of the venue and a semi-derelict pub, artists have over the years decorated the walls in the car park and this has now spilled over onto the walls of the building itself.

As to be expected with any hotspot the walls of the  Seven Star Yard frequently changes and the images we featured below may differ to what you will see when you visit. 

Layers and layers of posters and stickers have built upon the venue over the years and there is nearly always something interesting to photograph, you might even be lucky and catch an artist at work on one of the walls to the back.

Sweet Toof, Shoreditch Street Art Mural off Brick Lane London

London Street artist Sweet Toof's mural in the Seven Star Yard.

04. Princelet Street
Continue down Brick Lane turn left onto Princelet Street where another pocket of street art has been slowing taking over some of the walls along this street. Here you will find some smaller paste-ups from both international and local street artists such as Barcelona based street artist Pez, French street artist Ardif

You will also find some smaller street murals include the much-photographed piece by London street artist Stik featuring two of his signature stick figures holding hands.

French street artist Ardif's Ornate Mechanimals in London. Photo ©Hookedblog / Mark Rigney

One of French Street artist Ardif's paste-ups on Princelet Street.

05. Hanbury Street

Leaving Princelet Street continue down Brick Lane until you reach Hanbury Street. The street intersects Brick Lane and you want to head down to the right rather than left, the large scale black and white crane painted by Belgian street artist ROA is hard to miss.

The much loved multi-story mural was painted by Belgian street artist ROA and is one of the few long-standing street art pieces in the area. Alongside the artists work is another large work by Argentinian street artist Martin Ron with his nod to London with a larger than life Queens Guard break dancing.

The street is jam-packed with works to photograph, from the large works mentioned to smaller pieces on shop front roller shutters and a number of ever-changing smaller walls. Right to the end of Henage Street is a number of smaller walls with works from Columbian street artist Stinkfish and others.

Hookedblog's Brick Lane Street Art Tour - ROA Mural

Pictured above is the work of artists Dale Grimshaw, Belgian street artist ROA and nex to the ROA crane is the work of Martin Ron.

Hookedblog's Brick Lane Street Art Tour - Mr.Cenz Mural

One of a number of pieces by London based artist Mr. Cenz, pictured above is his piece on Hanbury Street, London.

Hookedblog's Brick Lane Street Art Tour - Stinkfish Mural

Close-up detail of the mural located at the end of Hanbury Street, painted by street artist Stinkfish.

06. Pedley Street

Further along Brick Lane, you will find Pedley Street a small alleyway that leads to the Allen Gardens park. The walls leading too and surround the park are popular spots with both street and graffiti artists with works frequently changing and no two visits will be the same in term of what you will see. Should you visit over the weekend you are highly like to see some artist at work painting something new.

From Allen Gardens you can head under the rail bridge where you will find the Nomadic Community Gardens. A temporary community-built project on a plot of disused land that has was earmarked for development but the gardens have been growing and evolving over the number of years. Community allotments, a cafe plus a mixture of sculptures and buildings constructed found and salvages materials. 

The gardens have also acted as the hub for the London edition of the Meetings Of Styles, a graffiti festival which sees graffiti writers descend on the location to paint over a weekend each year. As such the walls along the train line are covered with an ever-changing selection of graffiti.

Shoreditch Street Art Mural by Artist Dan Kitchener aka DANK

Close-up detail of the Pedley Street mural painted by London artist Dan Kitchener.

07. Grimsby Street
After exploring the Allen Gardens and the Nomadic Gardens we suggest heading back to Brick Lane and continuing onto Grimsby Street where you will find another large wall of ever-changing street art from small to large scale paste-ups and stickers and stencils. 

Be sure to look up and not miss the upside elephants painted by New York based artist Cernesto. Follow Grimsby street to the end where you will see another piece by London artist Stik. 

At the end of Grimsby turn left back down Cheshire street towards Brick Lane. There are some smaller pieces along Cheshire Street including the long-running piece by Irish artist FinDac.

Hookedblog's Brick Lane Street Art Tour - Cernesto Elephant Mural

Hookedblog's Brick Lane Street Art Tour - Stik Mural

Towards the end of Grimsby Street, you will find this long-running piece by London street artist Stik.

08. Bacon Street

Back on Brick Lane continue until you reach Bacon Street on the left, but before turning onto Bacon Street be sure to check out the first building to the right featuring some stencil work from French street artist C215 and a large work by Brazilian artist Mateus Bailon

Cross over Brick Lane onto Bacon Street where we will find another long-running piece by Belgian Street Artist Roa.

You will also find a tribute wall to local legend Charlie Burns who is often referred to as the King of Brick Lane. Multiple artists have painted his portraits over the years and the current portrait features the work of Canadian street artist Kevin Ledo.

  Hookedblog's Brick Lane Street Art Tour - C215 Stencil work

Vibrant stencil work by French street artist C215.

Shoreditch Street Art Mural by Kevin Ledo in London. Photo@Hookedblog

Portrait of Charlie Burns by Canadain artist Kevin Ledo on Bacon Street, London.

09. Sclater Street

Continue along Bacon Street turning right onto Sclater Street where we will find a number of painted walls along the last leg of our tour to Shoreditch Overground Station.

Expect to see work from British street artists D*Face / Himbad / Jonesy /Edwin and a number of others as some of the walls frequently change as international artists pass through the city.

If you are in need of a coffee after that walk we suggest stopping into Rebels Alliance on Sclater Street, a cafe /bike/clothing shop co-owned by street artist D*Face who serve an excellent cup of coffee.

From here it's only a short walk to the Shoreditch Overground Station next to Box Park ( the shipping container food and retail space) where our street art tour of Brick Lane concludes.

Hookedblog Street Art Tour of Brick Lane Map 
We have created a Brick Lane street art map below with all the key street art locations mentioned above with the artworks highlighted on the map, along with some other points of interest for food and drinks.

Feel free to download the map and save it to your mobile device for easy navigation. Should you want a more extensive tour that also takes in Shoreditch again we suggestion getting in touch with one of the two Brick Lane Street Art tours we recommended at the start of the blog post.

Our map will guide you to some of the area's hotspots where you are always guaranteed to see some of the street art classics featured in this post as well as fresh new works.

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