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Free Street Art Tour of Shoreditch

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on January 17, 2023

London with a Local was created in 2018 out of a desire to bring something different to those visiting (or living in) this wonderful, hectic, ever-changing City. We wanted to provide the best quality tours at a price that works for everyone. London is expensive – believe us, we know. Our aim was to provide at least one part of your time here where you feel like you are truly getting your money's worth. London With A Local is made up of a mix of born and bred Londoners, who can give you a picture of how it feels to grow up in the midst of the chaos, and those who decided to become Londoners after visiting as a tourist and falling in love. They combine a knowledge of the secrets that have been passed down through generations, with the hunger and excitement that comes with embracing a new place as your home. Our tours, of course, visit the iconic architectural structures that London the most recognisable city on Earth, but also allow a peak behind the curtain, away from the glitz and glamour of the West End, to give you the opportunity to see the “real” London, far from the tourist trap souvenir shops, to where the true treats and treasures, so often hidden away from tourists, reside. In short, we want everyone who gets the opportunity to join us on a tour, to feel like they are getting to know the essence of this great city. As well as experience in guiding and a knowledge of the history and politics of Britain, our expert guides all come from a performance background. We are actors. We are musicians. We are comedians. We are dancers and directors. Above all, we are storytellers and our aim is not just to reel off a load of dates that will be forgotten in a split second, but to paint you a picture of the people and events that built the foundations that we tread upon.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Street Art has been described as the most important artistic movement of the 21st Century, but it actually dates back to thousands of years ago. If you're a lover of art and culture then, yes, go to the National Gallery, go to the Tate Modern, and see the masterpieces created by the most famous artists over the last 400 years, but then join us on a Street Art tour and see what is happening at the grassroots level today. The work is beautiful, ever-changing and thought provoking.

 

But Street Art is not just pretty pictures, it is challenging and political and tells the story of the struggles of the working classes in Britain over the last hundred years.

 

You'll step back in time, and see how immigration into Brick Lane and the surrounding area has transformed Shoreditch from the poorest part of London, home to Jack the Ripper’s victims, to becoming one of the must see boroughs of the capital, home to pop up bars and shops, and more vintage clothes stores than you’ll believe.

Tour Highlights include:

  • Street Art (Obviously!)
  • A mix of spray paint, sculptures, stickers and stencils
  • Banksy
  • Mr Cenz
  • Zabo
  • Dreph
  • Fanakapan
  • Otto Schade
  • Roa
  • Shepherd Fairey
  • Dale Grimshaw​​
  • History of Brick Lane
  • Spitalfields Market
  • Old Truman Brewery
  • Battle of Cable Street
  • Gentrification of Shoreditch


The tour finishes at Truman Brewery, not far from Shoreditch High Street Station.

Please note, groups larger than 6 and any educational groups will need to get in touch to arrange a private tour, as they will not be able to join the public tour

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Highlights

What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Shoreditch High Street, Braithwaite S...
    Shoreditch High Street, Braithwaite St, London E1 6GJ, UK
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    The tour will begin outside of Shoreditch High Street Overground Station on Braithwaite Street. The guide will be holding a red umbrella.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Shoreditch
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Brick Lane
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Old Truman Brewery
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Banksy Pink Car
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Connectivity Matters Mural

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Pınar 15 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Beck war ein klasse Guru. Es hat unheimlich viel Spaß mit ihr gemacht. Sie hat uns entertained. Sie war sehr motiviert und lebhaft. Die tour war super interessant. Gerne wieder mit ihr
Adam 10 Jun 2024
Kefar Sava

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Very enjoyable 2 hours. Jamie was highly professional and knowledgeable, making sure all the group is alright and sharing his extensive knowledge and passion for the subject. In addition, he shared quite a few personal stories in relation to the area which added a lot to the experience. Highly recommend and if you end up with jamie, even better.
sari 06 Jun 2024
Afula

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Very Good tour
Utpala 05 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Enjoyed the entire experience of learning about street art, seeing it and knowing about the movement of public space art. James did an excellent job over two hours and kept the interest alive. Recommending this tour to all!
Alan 31 May 2024
San Francisco

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Becky is a great guide! We really enjoyed her Shoreditch Street Art tour. Becky is warm, welcoming, professional, highly knowledgeable and passionate about her subject. The only recommendation I would make is to prohibit children or adults from using a scooter on the tour as it is distracting, unsafe and quite honestly, obnoxious. Thanks!
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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