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Waterloo’s Secret Graffiti Tunnel

Getting off the train at Waterloo station in the heart of central London, it’s hard not to be in awe of the surroundings. From the London Eye to the South Bank view overlooking Big Ben and Parliament, it’s very much postcard stuff. Far less visible but also amazing is a hidden gem, located just 5 minutes from the station.

From the outside, Leake Street’s old abandoned tunnel looks a grim urban relic in the midst of the capital’s most glamorous tourist spots. In reality, while the authorised graffiti tunnel is not known around the world like the other attractions, it’s a wonderful and ever changing work of street art, full of colourful political and artistic messages.

First used by Bansky in 2008, it continuously transforms at the pace of local artists’ creative flow. Work I saw and assume to be recent include great murals of the late Muhammad Ali and David Bowie. Here are a few pictures.

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Check it out if you’re in town. Click to find out how to get there.

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