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A disused petrol station has been given an arty makeover

Kyra Hanson

Usually, when you think of petrol stations, it’s that annoying midway point in a journey when you realise you have to change course and frantically drive to the nearest Tesco petrol pump and, well, the last thing that springs to mind is art. But when design duo Craig and Karl looked at this disused petrol station in White City, they didn’t see the drab, fume-heavy blot on London’s landscape that we see; instead, they saw a multi-coloured haven for trendy 20-somethings to congregate. 

In ode to the fuzzy rainbow-coloured hues of a television testing card, the makeover painted by Global Street Art references the petrol station’s location – smack bang in the middle of Television Centre, the BBC’s former headquarters, and White City Place, the former BBC Media Village. It’s also part of an £8 billion decade-long regeneration which will see new shops, restaurants, office space and 4,000 homes springing up in the area. But for now, there’s this funky meeting point, which will also host pop-ups (obvs). 

Head to Wood Lane in White City for your next selfie opportunity. 

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