Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Shoreditch

I spent the day in London this week. A long wander which took me from Liverpool Street station to Farringdon via Brick Lane, Shoreditch and London Wall. 

I had no clear reason, no objective. I wanted to immerse myself in the streets and let London guide me. I'm becoming an urban wanderer. I don't need maps or signposts as such. I like to simply be lost and find things along the way.

Once navigating myself east, I approached Brick Lane and decided the observe the community. However, I soon became overwhelmed by the street art and graffiti on every flat surface. Shoreditch is a place of expression on an urban level. 

The creativity is very high however not every image is to a good standard. I love this piece, found at Pedley Street, towards Allen Gardens. 

However, many of the artwork is either badly copied, defaced or simply full of tags. There are also some bold structures around Shoreditch; remnants of the old high walls, run down shops and workers yards. These are peppered with swanky new housing developments and boutique shops.

I look forward to wandering around here again in another few years.