A little hidden and not well indicated, Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel is also called “Banksy Tunnel” in homage to the world-famous British artist. It’s an area shielded from the crowd, hidden behind the Waterloo Station.
The area was first used by Banksy back in 2008 for an art display with the aim to “transform a dark forgotten filth pit” into “an oasis of beautiful art” during the Cans Festival. He kept the location a secret until the unveiling. Since then it’s been a canvas for anyone to come express their artistic talent. Even if his work has been completely covered over, it’s hard not to remember its curator when we visit this tunnel.
The tunnel is approximately 300 meters long and graffiti are authorized by the municipality. It allows the artists to devote their time entirely to their imagination and to their art. All the walls from the ground up are covered with paintings.
Ever since, street artists from all over the world have been drawn to this gallery of the streets, and each week new works are sprayed over the old and the tunnel’s brickwork becomes an ever-changing canvas that makes the Leake Street Tunnel one of the most fun tunnel you could ever walk through.
For fans of street art this monument is a definite must see as there are some great works to be experienced here. Like any good street art, the space is constantly changing and evolving on a daily basis – there’s always something new. Travelling street artists, this is the opportunity to leave your mark on London. No matter what time of day you walk through it (however, I still wouldn’t risk it in the dark), you are assured of the company of many other like-minded individuals who have also come in search of an unofficial London attraction at which colour, humour and idiosyncratic design are mingled with political statement and social awareness to create something that is totally unique.