The street of Brick Lane is famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, and Shoreditch is the district known to be the most hype of London. Originally, it was a den of “debauchery” where it was common to find Puritans in search of frivolity or Shakespeare’s troupe. In the 16th century Shoreditch welcomed numerous theaters: the district being quite far from the rest of the city (east of London), it escaped the control of any religious order and was given a nefarious reputation of a den of iniquity, where brothels are next to squats, etc.
The popularity of Shoreditch such as it is known today is recent, it’s development only starting during the second half of the 90s. Lots of artists lived there and more and more innovative start-ups launched their businesses there.
The artists use painting, stickers, posters, anything according to their inspirations to deliver a message regarding current events, sometimes political or simply looking for graphical innovation. These works of art are often short-lived, giving them more value.
Considered a “Temple of the cool”, it is a district where it’s essential to go have a walk at least once during a London visit! If you like street art and/or photography, you will find a fascinating mixture of architectures and colors there.
The magic of Shoreditch is how it mixes gigantic works which cover whole sections of wall with smaller, more discreet works for which it is necessary to look to the ground or high up in the air, near drain water pipes or on doorsteps.
Regarding Brick Lane, it’s one of the most famous streets in the English capital, a very lively street full of markets and lively with colors all year long. Winding through fields, the street was initially Whitechapel Lane and derives its current name from the brick and tile manufacturing which started around the area during the 15th century. Brick Lane has had many incarnations and seen many communities come and go, each able to call it home.
Over recent years Brick Lane has grown to become a hub of street art in London.
This is what I was able to capture: