Free Street Art Tour of Shoreditch

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Registered on April 21, 2021

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

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  • 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.

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).

Tour opinions

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Sara 03 Feb 2023
Manchester

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Travelled alone - Feb 2023
Exploring the art scene of Shoreditch (one of my favourite parts of London) with Becky was an absolute pleasure. She's not just professional and knowledgeable, she's also entertaining and clearly passionate about what the street art represents for Shoreditch. She also gave us a lot of insights, things you'll never get to know if you weren't told by a local. Two hours flew by! I would definitely recommend this tour!
Bern... 25 Jan 2023
Sydney

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Travelled in group - Jan 2023
Nathan was a terrific guide. Full of enthusiasm and knowledge of Shoreditch street art. Despite a freezing day the tour was worth it!
DANIEL 22 Jan 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2023
The tour with Ben was interesting, funny and intelligent thanks
Alex... 22 Jan 2023
Athens

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
Excellent tour!!!
Hannah 21 Jan 2023
London

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Travelled in group - Jan 2023
Such an interesting tour you learn so much thank you!
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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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