In my humble opinion, Shoreditch has everything you could want in a London neighborhood: cozy pubs, outstanding Indian restaurants (see: Dishoom), ultra-hip bars (see: The Gibson), and centuries of turbulent, fascinating history.
But my favorite thing about Shoreditch is the street art; it's like a massive, grungy, outdoor art gallery. So on this visit, I decided to sign up for the Shoreditch Street Art Tour.
However I was sad to discover that a lot of my favorite pieces are now gone – including my beloved octophant by Alexis Diaz. (Isn't it magnificent?!) Alas – such is the ever-ephermal nature of street art.
Here are my favorite pieces of street art I saw in Shoreditch on my drizzly visit there last fall:
What's your favorite piece of Shoreditch street art? Have you visited Shoreditch before?
I visited Shoreditch with the Shoreditch Street Art Tour which costs £15 ($21) per person and lasts three and a half hours. I enjoyed it, but if you'd rather not pay for a ticket, there's also a free Shoreditch street art tour available that lasts two hours.