Street art galleries in London

From Brick Lane and beyond, Time Out rounds up the capital's places to view and buy street art



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At first, as graffiti, it was hard to read. Then as spray painting, bombing or tagging or it became hard to love. Without warning and almost instantaneously it gained public acceptance and was relabelled as street art or (shudder) urban art and from then on it’s been hard to avoid.

London is one of the world’s undoubted hotspots for street art, but since the money markets tanked and city boys are no longer lining their halls with street art prints and aerosolled canvases, it’s also proving harder to sell. However, with one clearout of street art losers and poster-boy chancers out of the way, we can definitively say these are the ten best dedicated gallery spaces to discover this genre in the city. It’s still street art, only now mostly indoors and yours to browse and buy.

Black Rat Projects

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A Brick Lane railway arch turned gallery, Black Rat prides itself on championing the artists it represents. Expect an eclectic and engaging programme of activities. Past projects include launch events for cult street art mag VNA, a huge wall-like installation by Swoon, community workshops by Matt Small and group shows exploring how street artists use paper and printing techniques in their work.

  1. 15 Bateman Street, W1D 3AQ
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Best known as the man who brought us Banksy, street art entrepreneur Steve Lazarides has two London galleries, as well as one in Newcastle. Lazarides in Rathbone Place caters for the serious collector, with shows by big names such as Invader and Anthony Micallef, while The Outsiders, in Greel Street is a more laid back affair, specialising in exhibitions by up-and-coming talent and offering limited edition prints, studies and books at wallet friendly prices.

  1. 11 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HR
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Nelly Duff

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Even among the exceedingly pretty shop fronts of Colombia Road, Nelly Duff stands out thanks to its colourful ‘Day of the Triffids’ inspired exterior - a collaboration between Sweet Toof, Mr Wim and the Toaster. One of London’s first commercial street art galleries, Nelly Duff continues to show and sell prints by the likes of Eine and Pure Evil, alongside graphic design, illustration and tattoo art.

  1. 156 Columbia Rd, E2 7RG
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Pictures on Walls

In addition to running an exhibition programme Pictures on Walls sell signed and numbered editions and products by a whole host of street artists and like-minded individuals including Bast, Banksy, Cyclops, EVOL, Invader, Sweet Toof, Modern Toss, David Shrigley and others. They also offer a Banksy authentification service where you can upload images and documentation of any Banksys in your possession. if successful, on payment of a fee, you'll receive a certificate of authenticity.

  1. 46-48 Commericial St, E1 6LT
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Stolen Space

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Over the past few years Stolen Space has justifiably garnered a reputation for being one of the capital's prime street art destinations. Housed in the Truman Brewery, this artist-run space balances grit with flair, hosting ambitious, high profile shows by Word to Mother, D*Face and others.

  1. 17 Osborn Street, E1 6TD
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Village Underground

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You can't miss Village Underground thanks to the four brightly coloured, graffiti-covered tube carriages, now artists' studios, perched on its roof. The recycled Jubilee line carriages, and accompanying shipping containers, accommodate a community of artists, writers, designers, filmmakers and musicians. Their renovated Victorian warehouse space hosts exhibitions, concerts theatre, live art and club nights. Plans are underway to turn one of the exterior walls, a spot already popular with local street artists, into a permanent exhibition site.

  1. 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ
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