Whitechapel Street Art

I’ve written before about my Jack The Ripper Tours in Whitechapel, London and even posted a few photos too. Today I arrived there with an hour to spare so decided to have a little look around as I often do in this area.

Whitechapel is of course famous for its poverty and crime problems. In our version of Monopoly, it is the cheapest priced street in London. These days it is one of the most vibrant districts of this huge city with boutique shops, markets and incredible clothing stores that you won’t find anywhere else.

The reason for its vibrancy is that it is transitioning from the poverty that was gripping the area long before Jack The Ripper and characterised the area until the begging of the millennia.  In fact, you only have to stray a few minutes away from the popular streets before you risk finding some old style Whitechapel and at night many areas have what is politely called a Gritty Feeling or unsafe to the rest of us.

I do feel very comfortable here in the day time and love the mix of history, cultures and hipster quality of the place. You don’t even have to venture inside the markets, pop up restaurants or vintage stores, a lot of it is easy to see if you know where to look.

Below is just some of the art I photographed today on my trust iPad. Some of the big names in street art live locally and it’s hard to deny that artists like Banksy,Roa, Invader, Ronzo, Conor Harrigton, Don Smith and C215 don’t add huge splashes of colour to what would be quite grim looking areas.

  

    

The scale of some of the art such as the above is astonishing.
    
    
    
  

I’m not sure I would leave my car in this spot. No-one else had ventured down here when I arrived but when people saw me taking photos, 5 or 6 more came to have a look!  
    
   

Let’s hope that as the area continues its gentrification, there I still room for this type of culture to flourish. For the moment though East London must be a contender for being the number 1 location for street art in the world.

If you’d like to visit these places or indeed go on my unique day time Jack The Ripper Tour then visit Jack The Ripper Day Time Tour

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About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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9 Responses to Whitechapel Street Art

  1. Amy Reese says:

    A very colorful place. Great photos, Stephen.

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  2. Seyi sandra says:

    Agreed with Amy, great pics!

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  3. Boyer Writes says:

    Very interesting…and some very talented artists. Hopefully they are translating some of this into other things to sell…as posters, cards. T-shirts etc for tourists etc. It could be a great economic upturn for someone living in a poorer area. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thank-you Nancy. Many of the markets feature some incredible artwork on T-shirts and posters so I do think it is helping the wider community and hopefully all the tourists (mainly Londoners) visiting the small local establishments are helping jobs too.

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  4. Wonderful artwork. Thanks.

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  5. Trail Tara says:

    I must visit Whitechapel again, the street art looks amazing.

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