Leake Street, London, Zipcode: SE1 7NN
Moving to London a few years ago was one of the most transformative experiences for me. The city is truly a melting pot of cultures, food, and especially art. During the initial days, whenever I felt homesick, I would make my way to the graffiti tunnel. Being an art lover, I found solace in the place and now over the years, it has become a part of my life. Just five minutes away from Waterloo Station from where I board the tube to my office in Holborn, it has become my go-to place in the evenings while returning home from work.
Bustling with bars and restaurants, Leake Street has a vibe of its own, but it’s the graffiti that stands out for me. It isn’t just the blast of colours that attracts me, but the story behind it.
Till about 2008, it was a grim tunnel but things changed when the British street artist Banksy held Cans Festival in the tunnel and invited the biggest names in the international street art scene, and in no time, it became a place where artists showcased their work. With more artists coming in and out of the tunnel, the art keeps moving, and every other day a new one pops up.
For me, it’s a tale of acceptance that we as immigrants often seek in a new country, and gives one hope and warmth during harsh days.
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