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Leake Street Tunnel: The Graffiti Temple

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by Simone Ribeiro (subscribe)
I am a Brazilian journalist based in Birmingham, UK. Visit my blog at http://
Published September 10th 2012
The temple of graffiti in London

Also known as "Banksy Tunnel", Leake Street Tunnel, located in the south of London, more precisely under the Waterloo tube station, is the finest and a free place for expressing urban art in London.

Yes, at Leake Street the graffiti is allowed! With no prejudice, sexism or any sort of legal impediment.

In 2008, Banksy himself used the site to conduct "The Cans Festival" - one of his many outdoor displays - attended by graffiti worldwide writers and artists. Since then the tunnel, which is also commonly used as a thoroughfare for pedestrians and automobiles, is a kind of gallery for the anonymous (or not) to express their creativity.

From Invader, to lovers of King Robbo pieces to even some Brazilians who have left their mark on the local, Leake Street is one of those essential roadmaps for those who enjoy graffiti. It's worth paying a visit to the place to dig some hidden talent or who knows? You could be lucky enough to see a new piece of a famous graffiti artist.

It's likely the street art placed there nowadays is a bit different from the one presented by Banksy in 2008. But the legacy of a legal place to paint is still preserved and that's matter! Stickers, a huge variety of tags and of course, the constant smell of ink, are some real proof that at Leake Street there's creativity expressed every day.
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Where: Leake Street, Waterloo
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