You’d be forgiven to think that the big smoke is all shades of grey – London is actually bursting with colour, you just need to know where to find it!
Bloom & Wild have got you covered if you’re feeling weary of the big city pace and find yourself in need of a bright boost. Using social listening data and local know-how, Bloom & Wild have created the shades of London tube map that plots the most colourful and interesting things you’ll find waiting for you on the streets of London.
It’s time to grab your Oyster card and check out the city’s coolest pieces of street art, most vibrant neighbourhoods and green spaces!
Image 1. The shades of London tube map highlighting the best places to see street art in London
1. Get modern, edgy and provocative in SHOREDITCH Image 2. Shoreditch Street Art by Steve Powers (aka ESPO)
Arguably the place to go to find London’s trendiest shops, eateries, art, and people. Stroll through the neighbourhood and admire street art created by the worlds most exciting talents, including Steve Powers (aka ESPO), Paul Don Smith, Screet, ELNO, and, of course, the legendary Banksy.
2. Visit music icons and a fabulous food market in CAMDEN TOWN Image 3. Camden Lock
No cultural map of London would be complete without a mention of Camden Town, which has a reputation for a buzzing live music scene and remarkable works of street art. Hop off the tube at Camden Town or Chalk Farm station and pay a visit. The iconic John Lennon piece by Gnasher is located on Jamestown and you can also visit a Camden Town legend by paying tribute to Amy Winehouse (by artist Bambi) on Camden. Beyond street art, there’s plenty of colour in and around Camden – visit the Camden Market food market to experience a rainbow of flavours, take in the vibrancy of colourful streets like Harland Road and Chalcot Crescent, and walk a little further to embrace natural beauty in Primrose Hill Park, where you also get an amazing view of London’s skyline or visit Regents Park for extra greenery.
3. Admire art and then stop to smell the flowers in HACKNEY Image 4. Columbia Road Flower Market
In the true spirit of East London’s edgy-meets-eccentric atittude, experimental artwork contrasts with pretty bouquets in Hackey. A stone’s throw away from Shoreditch, you can also explore Down’s Road and Clare street, and reveal in the genius street art pieces by some of the world’s freshest creators, including Giacomo Bufarini (RUN), Trust Icon, 0707, just to name a few!
When you’ve thoroughly indulged in street art, take a moment to let a bit of organic colour seep into your East London experience with a visit to the famous Columbia Road Flower Market on a Sunday to see a flower lover’s paradise come rain or shine. When you’ve bought enough blooms to fill your house, visit the cute independent shops, cafes, galleries and antique dealers behind the flower stalls.
Please follow the map for more authentic London colour!