Close-up street art painting of a human eye painted by UK street artist MyDogSighs

Over the last 15 years, or so, London, and more specifically East London's Brick Lane has become known as the epicenter of the UK’s street art and graffiti art scene and one of the street art capitals of Europe. 

Internationally renowned street artists from across the globe and the UK, travel to paint the neighborhood's famous walls, making it a must-visit London street art destination.

Join us as we take a look at the key London street art hotspots you don't want to miss with our walking tour guide to the best Brick Lane street art locations, complete with a map. Explore Brick Lane Street Art Now!"

Brick Lane is the best gallery - various pieces of street art on a wall on Buxton Street in London

Where to discover the best street art in London?

We often get asked where are the best places to find London street art, murals, and graffiti art? Be the question via email or through social media, we will more often than not suggest people take one of the many London street art tours that are on offer covering the neighborhoods of Shoreditch and Brick Lane.

A London street art tour is a good idea if you 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.

Brick Lane street art paste-up artwork featuring a photograph of Mary Poppins by Brighton street artists the Postman

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 both of the teams who run these London street art tours and take it from us they both have tour guides who are exceptionally knowledgeable on the subject of London street art around Brick Lane and the surrounding neighborhoods of Shoreditch and Hackney.

Should you want to get hands-on and have a go at some street art yourself, Alternative London also runs street art workshops in London where you can learn about some of the street art techniques used by street artists.

Hookedblog's Brick Lane Street Art Walking Tour

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 London street art walking tour with a focus on just the Brick Lane area.

Our guide includes some key Brick Lane locations plus a Google location map you can save or download to your own mobile device to help you track down some of the best street art and graffiti art highlights in the area. 

Let’s jump in and take a look at where you can find the best Brick Lane street art. 
Vibrant London Street Art mural painted on Fashion Street by artist Mr. Cenz

The work of  London graffiti artist Mr.Cenz, spray-painted on a wall located on Fashion Street, London.

Unforgettable Brick Lane Street Art Walking Tour

The Brick Lane walking tour can be completed in about an hour depending on how long you spend at each location, but with street art and graffiti to be found at every turn you might find yourself spending two or even three hours taking in all the vibrant street art around Brick Lane. 

And who knows you might be lucky and find a street artist in action at work on a new mural and stop to take in the work in progress.

Our self-guided Brick Lane 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 the other, taking in Osborn Street, Fashion Street, Heneage Street with our tour finishing up at the Shoreditch Overground Station.

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

01. Street Art on Osborn Street, London

The first location on our tour is the Stolen Space gallery to the left as you head down Osborn Street. The gallery 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 art, graffiti, 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 other artist merchandise from pin badges, artist vinyl sticker packs, tee shirts, and a large selection of screen printed artist editions.

Leaving Stolen Space, continue down Osborn Street, and the first spot on our Brick Lane Street Art map is a piece by Australian street Artist Jimmy C aka James Cochran pictured below. Painted in the artist's signature pointillist/drip-style on the side of the former Joe's Kid Cafe, the mural features a portrait of cafe owner Danni when she was three years old along with her grandfather Joe, a cafe owner himself in the 1930s in East London.

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.

Jimmy C aka James Cochran - Brick Lane Street Art on Fashion Street, London featuring a painting of a father and their child in his arms

London-based  Australian street artist Jimmy C, aka James Cochran's mural on Fashion Street, London. Joe's Kid cafe is now closed but the mural painted by Jimmy C is still visible.

02. Street Art on Fashion Street, London

A short detour to the left of Brick Lane down this side street is a must, there are some larger mural pieces to be seen on Fashion Street including mural works from Australian street artists Jimmy C, London artist Dreph, London graffiti artist Mr. Cenz, and Austrian street artist HNRX.

Fashion Street also has its own hot spot wall of street art stickers, posters, and paste-up art of all sizes that frequently changes with multiple street artists both international and local adding their works to the building exterior. Street artists such as Donk London, Aida, Zombiesqueege aka Ben Rider, Neon Savage, City Kitty to name a few whose works can frequently be seen on this street.

Double back down Fashion Street onto Brick Lane and our next stop is another must, with a right turn down on Heneage Street which is adjacent to Fashion Street.

Large-scale black and white hand-painted paste-ups on Fashion Street featuring an elderly bearded man

One of a number of large-scale black and white hand-painted paste-ups on Fashion Street, London. Pictured above is the work of American street artist Pyramid Oracle. This wall is everchanging and no two visits to the location are ever the same.

03. Street Art on Heneage Street, London

As you walk down Heneage Street, continue past the Pride Of Spitalfields pub ( great characterful old east-end boozer) and head toward the outdoor kid's play area towards the end of the street, turn back and you will see on the gable end of the buildings a large mural piece by London-based street artist Phlegm

The black and white mural artwork features some of the street artist's signature characters which work really well on this wall. 

Black and white street art mural by UK artist Phlegm

Directly opposite this Phlegm mural, you will see a 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 graffiti piece featuring the lead character from the animated 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 of Spitalfields pub is closed), US street artist Never, and Italian artists Hunto and Mr. Wany.

Street-Art-Tour-Brick-Lane Heneage Street

Directly opposite the Phlegm mural, you will see this short passageway where you will find the Fanakapan 3D Balloon graffiti mural pictured below.

Hyper-realistic helium balloon Mural by Street Artist Fanakapan

London street artist Fanakapan's 3D Balloon graffiti "UP" mural painted on a wall outside the 5thBase Gallery off Heneage Street, London.

03. Seven Stars Yard, London street art by artist Dreph

The striking mural work of British artist Dreph was painted on one of the ever-changing walls in the Seven Stars Yard car park located just off Brick Lane. ( As the work in this yard is ever-changing, this Dreph portrait mural has since been painted over but expect to see something new when you visit)

04. Street Art in Seven Stars Yard, London

Back on Brick Lane, the next location on our walking tour is the Seven Stars Yard, another small side access road to the left of Brick Lane. 

With many semi-legal paint walls to the back of the former Seven Stars pub a now semi-derelict space, street artists have over the years decorated the walls of 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 Stars Yard frequently change and the images we featured here may differ from what you will see when you visit.

Layers and layers of paste-up posters and stickers have built upon the venue over the years and there is nearly always something interesting to photograph, and with the yard to the back scheduled from the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane, there are often artists to be found working on these walls.

Sweet Toof -  Brick Lane Mural Seven Star Yard featuring a skull with pink teeth

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

The best places to see London street art on Brick Lane

The black and white animal mural is the work of London-based artist Thisone and covers the entire back wall of the disused Seven Stars Pub located just off Brick Lane, London.

The best places to see London street art on Brick Lane

Layers and layers of street art paste-ups and stickers line this wall this ever-changing mural on Princelet Street as street artists frequently add new work to the wall.

05. Street Art on Princelet Street, London

Continue down Brick Lane and turn left onto Princelet Street where another pocket of London street art has been slowly 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 including the much-photographed piece by London street artist Stik featuring two of his signature stick figures holding hands.

French street artist Ardif's street art paste-ups on Princelet Street

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

Best places to see street art in London's Brick Lane

Vibrant colours in the mural pictured above located toward the end of Hanbury Street painted by London-based artist Jim Vision. These larger walls in the area tend to change frequently with new works going up every other month.

06. Street Art on Hanbury Street, London

Leaving Princelet Street to 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 several ever-changing smaller walls. 

Right to the end of Henage Street are some smaller walls with works from Columbian street artist Stinkfish and others.

Brick Lane Street Art Tour - London artist Dale Grimshaw - Hanbury Street

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

This wall pictured with Dale Grimshaw's mural work is a popular location and the work frequently changes on this wall it's possible you will see a different artwork on this wall when you visit, such is nature ephemeral nature of street art.

Mr.Cenz - Shoreditch Graffiti on Hanbury Street

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

The pictured Mr.Cenz mural was painted opposite the Dale Grimshaw mural above and again this is another wall that frequently changes. 

Both of these works have been painted over since we published this post with several other street artists having painted their works on these walls since. 

Street Art Tour of Brick Lane, London - Stinkfish

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

07. Street Art on Pedley Street, London

Further along Brick Lane, you will find Pedley Street a small alleyway that leads to Allen Gardens Park. The walls leading to and surrounding the park are popular spots with both street and graffiti artists with works frequently changing and no two visits will be the same in terms of what you will see. Should you visit over the weekend you are highly like to see some artists 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 been 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 from found and salvaged materials. 

The gardens have also acted as the hub for the London edition of the Meetings Of Styles, a graffiti art festival that 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.

London Street art on Brick Lane by street artist Zabou

UPDATE: The Nomadic Community Gardens has sadly now closed but there is still plenty of graffiti and street art to be seen along the walls that line the Allen Gardens.

This location has quickly become one of the new outdoor legal London graffiti and street art painting locations and the work on the walls frequently changes, sometimes almost daily! So always something new to be seen here on each visit.

Dan Kitchener aka DANK - Shoreditch Graffiti on Pedley Street

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

08. Street Art on Grimsby Street, London

After exploring the Allen Gardens and the Nomadic Community 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 flying Elephants Mural

Two elephants high above street level, the work of NY-based artist Cernesto.

Stik - Shoreditch Street Art on Grimsby Street

Towards the end of Grimsby Street, you will find this long-running mural by London street artist Stik. The artist frequently revisits the Brick Lane mural, repainting areas that might have been tagged over by other artists and prolonging the life of the artwork.

09. Street Art on Bacon Street, London

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 whose black and white animal murals can be found in cities across the globe.

On this street, you will also find a tribute wall to local East End 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 Portrait

Vibrant stencil work by regular London visitors, French street artist C215, pictured is just one of the artists' many pieces in London.

Shoreditch Mural by Canadian street artist Kevin Ledo on Bacon Street

Portrait of Brick Lane legend Charlie Burns painted by Canadian artist Kevin Ledo on Bacon Street, London. Unfortunately, this wonderful mural by Kevin Ledo was heavily tagged over and it was not possible to repair the mural. 

A new portrait mural of Charlie Burns has replaced the damaged work. Since Kevin Ledo's mural of Charlie, there have been many additional murals featuring Burns at this location, most recently by London-based artist Jim Vision.

10. Street Art on Sclater Street, London

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

Expect to see work from artists Himbad / Jonesy / Edwin / Mighty Mo / Helch / The Rolling People / Dr. D and some others as some of the walls frequently change as international artists pass through the city.

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.

Remember, the beauty of Brick Lane Street street art lies in its constant evolution. So, whether you explore it virtually from the comfort of your own home or in person, keep an eye out for new creations and hidden treasures that add to the ever-changing canvas of this iconic neighborhood.

London street artist D*face's Shoreditch Street Art Mural painted on Sclater Street, London

Pictured above is London street artist D*Face's mural on Sclater Street just off Brick Lane. The mural is painted on the outside of the artist Rebels Alliance coffee space ( Update: The Rebels Alliance coffee shop has since closed and this mural is no longer visible having been replaced by the work of other artists).

Hookedblog Brick Lane Street Art Map

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

Feel free to download this street art London 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 suggest getting in touch with one of the two Brick Lane Street Art tour companies we recommended at the start of the blog post.

A self-guided Brick Lane street art map that users can download or print and discover some breathtaking street art, murals and graffiti in East London.

Click the London Street Art Tour of Brick Lane image above for the interactive Google Map. The map opens in a new browser window. Map Data ©Google 2024.

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

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Brick Lane murals and street art on film

Here is a short video clip we filmed one afternoon while exploring some of the vibrant London street art, murals, and graffiti art spray-painted on the walls of East London's Shoreditch and Brick Lane neighborhoods.

It gives you an idea of what you can expect to see when you visit this London street art hotspot.

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