Brick Lane in East London oozes character. Just a short walk from Liverpool Street station, the area should be added to any visitor’s itinerary. Once one of London’s poorest and locations, it is now a hub of galleries, bars and restaurants. And perhaps the best place in the capital to see street art. Because of its urban feel Brick Lane has featured in many music videos including “All These Thing’s That I’ve Done” by the Killers. When I visited a couple of days ago a film crew were on location producing a new BBC drama.
Today Brick Lane is the heart of the Bangladeshi community of East London. Amongst the many restaurants are the ethnic Balti Houses. In its own website Brick Lane is referred to as a microcosm of London’s shifting ethnic patterns. It is close to some of the financial institutions of the City of London. For this reason the area continues to move up market and once low housing costs are a thing of the past.
I visit Brick Lane regularly. Its the street art that draws me in. What fascinates me is how it changes so quickly. One day a wall is adorned by one mural. The next day it might be another. Its always fun to chat to the artists as they lay paint. For those of us not familiar with this culture there is always plenty to learn.
I am featuring five images capturing the different wall art seen at one moment in time during 2014. I hope they tempt you to pay a visit. I’m sure I will be back, so look out future posts featuring the street art of Brick Lane.