Saved by the Selfie: The Best London Street Art To Visit With Teens
As our kids get older, it becomes harder and harder to find activities to do together.
Thankfully, London is an incredible city with a culture that can engage even the sulkiest teens, if you know the right spots.
While perusing parliament and Big Ben may work for some, ours definitely find their phones more interesting.
Watching our tweens take hundreds of selfies reminded us that London is a perfect backdrop for their Instagram pages, as the London street art scene here is one of the best in the world.
We’ve compiled our favourite London street art to take our teens to, serving as proof that we used to be cool.
Shoreditch is definitely a can’t-miss spot for London street art, as the most famous artists of all, Banksy, has tagged one of his masterpieces in the yard of Cargo Club.
All of Rivington Street features work from various artists and is definitely worth a stop.
Cremer Street includes an ode to the selfie, where French street artist Zabou has adorned the front of ‘Fiorella Shoes’ with her own artwork.
While Fashion Street includes imagery throughout, including Batman and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the colourful tableau.
As Camden continues to get redeveloped, it’s epic art scenes are beginning to disappear, so we suggest trying to hit this area sooner rather than later.
Hartland Road’s Grime Lords by Carleen de Sözer is a two-story masterpiece of graffiti, while the walls of Hawley Mews are filled with selfie-worthy backgrounds both abstract and realistic.
Camden High Street features a ‘Truffle Shuffle’ scene by JXC from the 80’s classic movie Goonies that any teen who has seen the throwback will definitely enjoy.
Considered the epicentre of the London street art scene, Brick Lane is definitely high on the list of must-see spots.
Housing the ‘street art quarter’ that is made up of Hanbury, Sclater, Heneage, Pedley, Grimsby, Bacon and Cheshire Streets, some of the best art in the world is found right in London’s East End.
Pedley Street’s bright colours serve as a stylish backdrop for tweens and teens, with colourful illustrations and a legendary Bart Simpson piece.
A moodier vibe can be found on Heneage’s black and white backdrop. Brick Lane’s galleries offer an indoor respite and more eclectic works.
Newly emerging as a hub, Hackney Wick’s industrial streets are filled with artists living in warehouse spaces.
They seem to have chosen the streets of Hackney Wick as their sketchpad.
Bream Street on Fish Island in particular features art from some of the most celebrated street artists, with a number of illustrations by the popular Sweettooth.
A trip to Wallis Street has a new gorgeous mural by Martin Ron Murales. While the towpath on Old Fort Lock is an easy stroll with a myriad of designs.
Leake Street Tunnel
This ‘secret’ 300-metre tunnel under the Waterloo Station is completely covered in street art.
Serving as one of the only authorised graffiti areas in London, there is almost always someone spraying there. Consequently, the walls are consistently changing with new art emerging daily.
The area was first developed by Banksy himself when he used it for his Festival of Cans in 2008.
It has since become one of London’s best-kept secrets, and any tween or teen visitor will marvel at the display of talent and creativity. Your coolness factor just doubled.
Where do you think has the best London street art?