One of London’s few ‘legal’ graffiti areas, The Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel is also known as ‘The Banksy Tunnel’ because that very same cloak and dagger chap got it its legal status when he chose it as the setting for his 2008 ‘Cans Festival’.
The sign reads:
AUTHORISED GRAFFITI AREA
No Sexism, No Racism, No Adverts
Please take empty cans and litter home
All painting on grey walls will be removed
You don’t have to be a gangster to paint here,
and please don’t act like one.
The street art here is different every time I visit it, so it’s definitely worth a look if you find yourself battling your way through a haze of tourists on the Southbank any time soon.
The art ranges from totally amazing to absolute crap, but you never know… you could discover a masterpiece.