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Unique London Tours | Writings on The Walls: Shoreditch Street Art Tour.

September 23, 2016
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Street art, what do I know about it? It’s nothing but the works of people who are bored and have no other outlet of their boredom but to make confusing, indecipherable, random letters and drawings on empty walls. The result of which is the whole area being downgraded as a place one should dare not go.

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So I ask again. What do I know about street art? After taking this tour, apparently I know nothing about it. Having an opinion as I stated above about street art without really knowing what it is makes me a judgmental idiot. That’s probably the most important lesson I’ve learned after taking this tour, I was quick to judge something when there is so much more into it than what my eyes can see.

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I took the Shoreditch Street Art Tour because of Katy of Untold Morsels who, being a Melbournian, is into streetart. When she told me about the tour, I hesitated and thought that it’s probably just going to be a waste of my time and money. However, since it meant that I get to explore this city which I’m just getting know – I agreed without any intention of liking nor enjoying it.

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We were met by our guide at 10am in Old Street Underground Station. We were 6 people in total joining the tour, a small group which is what I like. I was surprised that our group consisted of people from mixed generations, I thought only the millennials would enjoy this kind of tour. (As I said, I know nothing about street art.)

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The first street art that was showed to us was nothing like what I expected a street art should be. It’s a green yarn tied on a fence to form letters which only our tour guide can understand easily. “It’s called yarn bomb.” our tour guide said, which apparently is just one of the many mediums street artists use these days. Call it a cliche but I seriously was hooked from that first piece that he showed us.

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I found it interesting right from the start. I thought that all I will ever see from this tour would be graffiti that I won’t be able to read or huge cartoon-like paintings on the wall. I was not expecting to see street arts in the form of tiles, mushrooms made from polyurethane and specially paintings on a gum. Yes, a chewing gum.

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Everytime our tour guide would stop, all of us would instantly look for some sort of art around us and just when we thought that we found what he’s going to show us, he would turn the other way and show us something else. It was really quite interesting as you never really know what you will see next which I think is the very essence of street art.

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Street artists are not doing what they’re doing to change the meaning of what art is like. They’re not rebels as what I thought they were. They simply are challenging art itself through radical forms and putting it in places which aren’t deemed fit to be a space for art. The pieces they create are most of the time socially relevant which is what they aspire to communicate.

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The social activism is quite strong in the street art culture and they deliver their message through subtle forms of art. Most of the time, I’d look at a piece thinking that it’s just something random however when I try to really look into it, I’d see some sort of political or social expression through it.

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The Shoreditch Street Art tour was really an eye opener for me. After this tour, I won’t be looking at street art in the same way again. I guess I was reformed by it and I can now see the importance of this underground culture now more than ever.

There are so many other street art tours that you can take here in London. Another example is this tour which starts from Liverpool St and ends in Rivington Street.

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Shoreditch Street Art Tour
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Cost: GBP12  per person on weekdays and GBP15 per person on weekends

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26 Comments

  • Reply Katy Clarke October 14, 2016 at 13:50

    So glad you enjoyed yourself and may have converted you a little Noemi. I am all about challenging myself and I recognise the kindred spirit in you. What adventures will we have next?!
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  • Reply June September 28, 2016 at 09:01

    Thanks for sharing. I think this is a great tour that not many people would realise they could do, me included. It’s an alternative to all the traditional tourist attractions in the city.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:30

      Yes, I was quite surprised that there were actually a lot of street art tours here in London. Never really thought that it could be a part of a tour. :p

  • Reply Danielle Des September 28, 2016 at 04:29

    There are so many powerful messages in these street art. Especially the one where a soldier is firing a gun but it’s really a water for the child. Or how creepy is the one with the monster’s hands coming from the vent! I haven’t formally gone on a street art tour, but something I would consider doing in London!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:31

      It definitely is interesting, gives you a different light of London. 🙂

  • Reply Vyjay September 28, 2016 at 03:33

    Always love street art. They have a soul of their own and bring out the colour and culture of a place in vivid perspective. These are lovely examples of the creativity and imagination of unknown people. It is heartening to note that tours are being organized with Street Art in mind.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 3, 2016 at 15:33

      I was never a fan of it, until I took this tour. I think it’s important that people do try to see something they don’t like from a different perspective. I think after this tour, I’d be more inclined to do the others street art tours here. 🙂

  • Reply Kevin Wagar September 27, 2016 at 19:02

    There are some beautiful pieces of art on display here. I always find that street art speaks deeply to the soul of the city. Except the fingers in the grate. Those are just freaky 🙂

  • Reply Anne September 26, 2016 at 19:43

    I probably would have had the same impression but some of that stuff is so cool. How much does the tour cost?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 27, 2016 at 12:05

      I was quite impressed really. The tour was GBP12 per person.

  • Reply Cori September 26, 2016 at 19:22

    Kudos for signing up for something so outside what you thought you’d like. I think that’s why I enjoy CouchSurfing so much — I try new things out of politeness and end of discovering new obsessions.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High September 27, 2016 at 12:06

      I’m always up for anything outside my comfort zone which I think is important specially while traveling. 🙂

  • Reply Allison September 26, 2016 at 10:22

    I love street art and you have found some amazing examples. I will be sure to check this out if I get back to London. I found the art on the gum a little strange though!
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  • Reply PINAYSKATTEBASSE September 26, 2016 at 09:46

    wow vandals. 🙂

  • Reply Danielle - GeekGirlGoes September 25, 2016 at 13:45

    I actually saw this tour the other day when I looking for things to do in London! I think I’m definitely gonna have to book onto it now. There’s one in Manchesters Northern Quarter too which I’m dying to try out!
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  • Reply Maja | Mexatia September 25, 2016 at 13:06

    Street art on a chewing gum, how cool is that?! Sadly, street art is still associated with danger and vandals… I work in a hotel surrounded by beautiful art, but some of the guests are still scared of it. I am happy to see the tour changed your mind!
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  • Reply Lisa September 25, 2016 at 11:37

    After reading your first paragraph I thought “man you really need to get to Melbourne”, street art is wonderfully celebrated there! I think what impresses me the most is the massive scale involved in a lot of pieces. I’m glad you were able to see some of the talent that goes beyond simple tagging and graffiti. I bet London has some amazing work!
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  • Reply Arzo Travels September 25, 2016 at 10:03

    Though I do not always pay attention I love street art. As always I prefer the “beautiful” paintings rather than the “artists” side (which I most often never understand). The one with the chicken legs is scary though and would freak me out 🙂
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  • Reply Caitlin September 25, 2016 at 09:25

    As a Melbournian, I am allllll about the street art, and these photos look amazing. I’ve never been on a tour, but they sound like a fascinating way to see more pieces of art, and to get a better understanding about what the artist might be trying to say. I might just have to look into doing a tour myself one day!

  • Reply Cassie @ Cass Travels September 25, 2016 at 08:20

    Glad to see that you’re settling into London! These sorts of tours are such a great way to experience a new place and London is filled with amazing street art – and not just in the usual places you’d suspect, though Shoreditch is definitely a perfect spot for this tour. There’s a a great on in Camden as well!
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  • Reply Punita Malhotra September 25, 2016 at 05:19

    Wow…this is a great collection of wall art. The most fun part street art is that you just stumble upon it unexpectedly 🙂

  • Reply Naomi September 24, 2016 at 15:31

    I love that the tour blew you away! Sometimes we think something is not for us or we have little expectations and then it turns out to be a great time. I really enjoyed your pictures which shows some of the art, but not everything! This tour is on my list if I make it to London

  • Reply melbtravel September 24, 2016 at 09:19

    I have never really taken much notice of Street Art in London and I did not know that they do tours on it. Glad you have pointed it out, as your pictures make me want to go along. m

  • Reply Leslie September 24, 2016 at 09:11

    I really liked this. I’m so happy that proper street art tours are being organized. It brings a new dimension to tourism and gets people away from the more international (read: homogenous) sections of cities. Thanks for this!

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