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A street art tour of Shoreditch with many bloggers...

A street art tour of Shoreditch with many bloggers and Microsoft

Being a blogger is great sometimes. Sure there’s the whole working for free gambit, and the never eating a meal without taking several artfully composed shots of it (IT’S SALAD NOW EAT), and the endless HTML hell that comes with trying to make the fonts look pretty on your theme. But sometimes you get invited to a fun event and it makes all the stress and pressure worth it.

A load of bloggers were invited to take part in a street art tour of the gritty edgy hipster retreat that is Shoreditch to trial the Nokia Lumia 930. I’m not a massive art fan, preferring calligraphy to calligraffiti, but it sounded LOL so why not?

Now, being the free spirit I am, I loved hearing about the tag battles and such. However while the bigger pieces of urban art were being explained, a few smaller pieces caught my eye. Such as this cat love lock.

street art tour shoreditch

I adored these posters, which were dotted around the area. My new life motto.

street art tour shoreditch

We started at Shoreditch High Street station (after a quick meander to see what’s going on in Boxpark of course), winding through cobbled streets over to Hanbury St and Brick Lane. Snapping away, we were led through a few more streets, before finding the Angel of Sclater St…

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

It was raining cats and dogs by this point so we all walked through to Pizza East to enjoy some warm food, wine and catch up with blogger pals. I sat next to the lovely Karen from Style Sunrise – one of the most hilarious bloggers I’ve met – and finally met the lovely Uli of Found Some Paper, Sophie from As A Blonde, and Leanne of Broke in the Big Smoke, who somehow recognised me from the twitter picture!

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

After our bellies were full and we’d been given some super cool goodie bags with all manner of phone goodies, it was time for round two in the dark.

Passing The Albion and Dishoom, we wandered over to Redchurch Street (where Karen and I behaved like naughty children on a school trip and took the lovely selfies below, dashing, one might say!) and put our cameras to the test in low light, drizzy conditions.

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

Not bad huh? The phone was unfamiliar to me, and although it was a bit big for my personal preference, the camera was pretty impressive. All the photos below are as they were taken and haven’t been edited in any way. My first phone’s batter decided to jump from 30% charge to 9% after about half an hour so it seems to suffer the same fate as my iPhone after a photo sesh.

Props also to Karen who managed to somehow set up a Vine account and gain a follower or three in a matter of seconds.

It was a great night, thanks to Talented Talkers for the invite, and for all the lovely bloggers along the (graffitied) way.

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

street art tour shoreditch

 


I'm Laura. I write most of the stuff on six out of ten magazine, as well as other places all over the web and in printed words. I'm a fan of travel (clearly), good cocktails, and anything sweet.

  • Street art can certainly be stunning but there is nothing I hate more than vandalism and sometimes vandals see their work as “art”.

  • Robin Rue

    While some see it as art, I think most of us see it as an act of vandalism and disrespect.

    • Ah the area, Shoreditch, is one of the most gritty, trendy, urban parts of London. It’s pure art and tart so totally fitting for the area

  • Debbie Lamb

    I love street art. That is becoming very popular in our area. I think it is a great way to make a positive statement.

    • I agree. Some of the world’s most famous street artists have walked Shoreditch and left their mark. Will be a legacy in the decades to come!

  • Rebecca Bryant

    Wow how cool. I love street art it’s so free and unique.

  • We are always looking for unique street art so we can use it in photos 🙂
    Love the “no good reason” just speaks volumes to me this morning!

  • mail4rosey

    Ah goodie bags for the adults are always fun. 🙂 I like the street art, my daughter loves to come across it.

  • maria @ close to home

    What a unique place to visit. Looks like this was a fun event

  • Christine Luken

    Very cool street art! I love the lion.

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    How fun, I love this type of event. Looks like it was a ton of fun and the art… is just awesome. Very cool.

  • Debbie Denny

    That is so cool. Lots of sights.

  • Wow – how fun. I think I’d have to take my camera there and have fun with photos.

  • Love all of the art. This looks like a lot of fun.

  • Mama to 5 Blessings

    Sounds like you had a great time. I love all the different graphics, my favorite is the kola!

  • I love all of those different styles. It’s crazy how much personality each one of these has.

  • Lorane Rhoden

    This is beautiful. This is every Bloggers Dream with all the Art work and interesting backgrounds

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer

    Such a cool event. We have a lot of these outdoor art shows in Colorado.

  • Lois Alter Mark

    Your pictures are awesome! I love street art!

  • Janeane Davis

    One of the best things about being a blogger is getting the opportunity to visit interesting places with interesting people. I enjoyed seeing all the art you shared here.

  • Ave T

    Looks like you had a really great time! The street art is really amazing – so many different colours and styles. My husband has a Nokia Lumia 930 and it takes really great photos!

  • Karlyn Flores

    I love the street art, your pictures was really amazing

  • Debbie Lamb

    I love Street Art…I think it says so much adn brings life to the community

  • Dawn Nieves

    Such an interesting event. Loved all of the art.

  • NEPAMOM

    What a fun event, I love how graffiti can be beautiful too! Glad you had a great time!

  • anniestow

    What a great place to check out! Love the seflies!

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