A group of us booked a private tour and workshop through Alternative London tours where we were able to have a street art tour followed by a hands-on workshop. Having been in the neighbourhood previously, I was familiar with the area’s street art. I learned so much from my street art tour of Shoreditch, however, that I have a new-found appreciation for it.
The Shoreditch area has become synonymous with young creatives in London. Located in East London, the area was taken over by people priced out of rapidly rising costs in more traditional areas of west London. These newcomers, of course, priced out the locals who lived in the area – the working class and Bangladeshi immigrant communities. Along with the young trend setters, you got the boutique hotels, hip bars, art galleries and great restaurants. All this gentrification provides plenty of wall space and hoarding to put up street art.
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