I was so lucky to be invited along to a Street Art Tour by Vanessa from Secret London Runs (@secretlondonruns). We met at the Dorsett City Hotel (@dorsettcity) next to Aldgate tube station an easy find and a thoroughly pleasent venue to meet at. Vanessa is a bubbly warm character and after introductions from the group we were off around the East End to be enlightened about the diverse and stunning street art.
We start at Middlesex street or perhaps more aptly known Alphabet street from an
introduction to the work of Eine (@einesigns), Venessa’s knowledge and passion for the subject matters come to the fore very quickly and we’re hooked. The pace of the run is very social and stints are short but the stops are so engaging that the run element seems a distant priority, this is a way to engage in the rich history and culture of this Amazing captial city.
We take in the incredible work of ROA , Jimmy C (@akajimmyc) and Zabou (@zabouartist), all now firmly on my favourite artist list. Moving around the East End, down Brick Lane you feel a real energy and buzz, looking out as you go for space invaders and painted broccili or Mushrooms. The area is so profilic for high quality street art it could become over whelming without Vanessa there to point out the real Gems like a Stick original (@stikstudio).
As we learn about the artists and their style we all excited to look out for more works from those we have learned about. Towards the end of the tour we take in some works of the iconic Banksy (@banksy) I guess a street art tour of London couldn’t be complete without it. We head back to the Dorsett Hotel, after a cool and informative tour, and are well looked after by the team there.
I had a wonderful time and wouldn’t hesitate to join the team again on any of the other tours; I hear the Sex and Scandal tour is a hoot! Whether you are a local looking to see a differnt side of the city or are visiting London and want an experience that isn’t just run of the mill, you’d do worse than to chack these guys out.
For more information and to make bookings check out https://www.secretlondonruns.com/
*This tour was gifted
**All opinions are my own and genuine