O is for Odd balls, Old Street and Street Art #atozchallenge

Today is intended to be very visual. If you’ve followed me for any length of time you will know I really – as in REALLY – enjoy street art. We have a fair selection in my corner of South London around Dulwich and Peckham, the result of a festival sponsored by the Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2013. But for real aficionados, you have to head for the trendy, eastern edge of the city around Shoreditch and Hoxton where the artists compete to be recognised. Street Art is ephemeral so I hope, if some of these inspire you and you visit, you’ll go looking (only the examples below may have been painted over).  If you do, my suggestion is to sign up for a Street Art tour – they currently cost between £12 and £15 and are really good value for money (PS I am not sponsored or have any connection, other than as a client – they were just great).

So, rather than drivel on, here are some images from our tours. First Dulwich and then around Old Street.


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Old Street and Shoreditch

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If you are interested in the Street Art of Dulwich and the reasons behind each picture click here, here and here.

For more on Shoreditch and Old Street click here and here

This is part of the 2016 A to Z Blogging challenge. Please click here to find your way to other participants.

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About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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31 Responses to O is for Odd balls, Old Street and Street Art #atozchallenge

  1. Mick Canning says:

    Bash Street? My life is complete!

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  2. This artwork is amazing!


  3. ellenbest24 says:

    Where were the kid’s? the Bash St kid’s . I love street art and living in Somerset means access to Bristol… The city of artists in competition. Thanks for sharing.

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    • TanGental says:

      My daughter is at uni there ( indeed so was I) and when we visited on a rainy day a while back I had a fun old time clicking away at some of the stuff around the Horsefair, Christmas Steps and Baldwin Street. Never ceases to inspire

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  4. Sue Vincent says:

    I love good graffiti 🙂

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  5. Judy Martin says:

    Wow! The talent of these artists is amazing, Geoff. I love it! 🙂

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  6. You’ve mentioned street art before but this is amazing.

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  7. Kit Dunsmore says:

    Street art! Awesome! What a wonderful mix of styles, materials, and content.

    I’ve also been on some amazing walking tours. They are a great way to get to know the hidden wonders of a city.


  8. Ritu says:

    These are fantastic!!!!!!

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  9. Lori Carlson says:

    Amazing street art! I would love to have some of these artists work on my house or place of business! Wow!
    Many Blessings,

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  10. Allie P. says:

    The portrait that appears scraped out of the brickwork near the end is particularly striking. I’m not a huge fan of graffiti that consists of only name or gang tags, but those images are definitely art.


  11. M. L. Kappa says:

    My best is number 4. Very Edward Gorey-ish


  12. It’s great to see there is some real talent at work here and some clever humour too.

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  13. Anabel Marsh says:

    Enjoyed the murals, but particularly liked the mushroom growing out of the wall.

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  14. Lata Sunil says:

    absolutely glorious.

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  15. I’m always amazed by the street art. These people are so talented. Great to see my hero, Alfred Hitchcock, amongst the art.

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  16. davidprosser says:

    Some amazing art out there Geoff.


  17. Sacha Black says:

    wow wow wow wow wow. LOVED this post. Some of those pieces of art are to die for. awesome compilation. Once again I am convinced you have walked and photographed every inch of london


  18. Ruth says:

    Wow! Great post. I’ll have to explore this part of London next time!

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