The Street Art Of Whitecross Street

Whitecross Street is an interesting little street, encompassing the borough of Islington and the City of London, running from Old Street in the north to Silk Street in the south. It is also home to one London’s oldest running markets having been in existence for over 150 years. But for the main purpose of our interests here we are focused on the Street Art in this little stretch, of which comprises some permanent residing pieces, covered here, and is home for one weekend a year to the Whitecross Street Party, of which several of the current remaining pieces are the legacy of previous events.

This years Whitecross Street Party takes place on Saturday July 18th and the Street Art produced will be on display for a further six weeks, we will certainly be in attendance to witness and document what is set to be an incredible day. In the meantime enjoy some of the works currently to be seen on Whitecross Street.

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The first of many Paul ‘Don’ Smith stencil works you will see along this short street.

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Shutter work from Pure Evil.

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The Godfather by Paul ‘Don’ Smith.

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Work from Gregos from his visit in 2014.

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Stencil work from DS Art.

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The streets feature piece, a large scale mural from Conor Harrington.

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The streets feature piece, a large scale mural from Conor Harrington.

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An entire wall of Paul ‘Don’ Smith works, well worth the visit to see.

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Depiction of Mo Farah, celebrating his success at the London Olympics 2012 by Paul ‘Don’ Smith.

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Stencil work from Teddy Baden.

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Stencil work from Teddy Baden on some hoardings..

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Work by Malarky on some hoardings.

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Work by Malarky on some hoardings.

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Delightful selection of Paul ‘Don’ Smith works just off of Whitecross Street.

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Tribute work to the late Rik Mayall, fittingly entitled ‘Royall Mayall’ and set to a postage stamp backing. 

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Depiction of Marilyn Monroe by Paul ‘Don’ Smith.

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Installation piece from Italian artists Urban Solid.

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Also be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a series of plaques placed up by the English Hedonists and signed ‘Mad In England’ along Whitecross Street. 

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Not Street Art but certainly worth checking out is this, the last surviving wood paving in London. Wood was introduced in the Victorian era as it was quieter under iron-rimmed wagon wheels as well as safer for horses to travel on than stone or tar. However, it was harder to keep clean, absorbed smells and needed considerable skill to lay, so never really took off as a more permanent means of paving. This can be found on Chequer Street, just off of Whitecross Street.

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