To each big city its street art style. In London, it’s refined, creative, using an incredible variety if media. Bristol not only is Banksy’s home town: it hosts Upfest in the summer, the largest graffiti and street art festival in Europe, meaning full building size compositions. Brighton too loves murals, often sponsored by the town hall at festival times. Spray cans rule here, and work brilliantly against bricks, corrugated iron, chipped walls even. It keeps this wonderful authentic, spontaneous feel the original tags have, uses a wide range of vibrant colours. It blinds you with cheerfulness.
Where can you find it? Mainly in the North Laines. From the station, walk down Trafalgar Street and you’ll soon find Banksy’s Kissing Policemen. But look up – the wall is also a fantastic tribute to musical legends with no less than 24 portraits painted by Reg and SinnaOne. From there, simply explore the neighbourhood: Trafalgar Lane, Sydney Street, Robert Street, Regent Street, Orange Row… You will find pieces by Mr Cen, Anon, Aroe, Minty, Snub 23 and many more. Even yarnbombing! Click on the map at the end of the page to see where the main streets are.
How to get there? From Victoria station in London, it only takes an hour if you jump on an express train. Good news: you can now book your flights, hotels and train tickets via Expedia.co.uk. To celebrate this new option, Visit Britain and Expedia have come up with a calendar of inspiring events all around the country. Check it out!