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4th May 2018

Back in May 2008, Banksy held an exhibition called The Cans Festival in Leake Street, which launched our humble tunnel to fame. Banksy of course, needs no introduction. The anonymous street artist who started out in Bristol, has contributed towards forming strong political and artistic narratives and become one of the most recognised names in the street art world (if not the art world as a whole). In 2010, his documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop (for which he received an Academy Award for Best Documentary) debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. If people hadn’t heard about Banksy before, they certainly had after […]
8th April 2018

Leake Street has become a popular location for dance video shoots and last month, we welcomed The London Spring Tour (LST) to film their finale video. LST is an invitation-only dance intensive for advanced dancers who want to learn about the commercial dance industry in London, UK. Running from 12th to 19th March, the tour included educational seminars, dance tuition, live shows, makeover and professional video shoot. Whilst the tour incorporated various styles of dance, the shoot on Leake Street primarily focused on street dance which inspired this latest blog post… B-boying, later known in mainstream media as break dancing, is an […]
14th March 2018

Having worked as an assistant to Banksy and set up her own gallery in Shoreditch, Graffiti Consultant, Steph Warren, is well placed to give an overview on the differences between the two art forms. “Most people assume that Street Art and Graffiti are the same thing. Both are seen on the commute to work, appear out of the blue and (sometimes) involve artistic talent in an urban setting. However to the people wielding the spray can they couldn’t be more different. Let me give you a brief summary of each and you will notice that the two are actually polarising […]
30th January 2018

Last week saw the launch of VAULT festival on Leake Street. London’s biggest arts festival, running from 24th January to 18th March, sees hundreds of new shows, events and performances explode across The Vaults Theatre and out into the nearby streets and venues of Waterloo. We spoke to Tim Wilson, Creative Producer of Heritage Arts Company and founder of VAULT and asked him to tell us how it all started and how it’s developed over the years…   “We want VAULT Festival to be the people’s festival. For eight weeks, join this carnival of experience, filled with entertainment and unexpected […]
8th January 2018

Imagine walking into your nearest coffee shop, ordering a flat white and beginning a debate with the other customers. This is a rather unnatural concept, particularly in Britain where we tend to keep ourselves to ourselves. However, this was how the Coffee Shop started its humble life here in Britain, not as coffee chains with free wifi and phone charging, or as places with beverages sparkling with crushed ice, sprinkles and a unicorn horn on top, but as Coffee Houses: places to read and debate. In the seventeenth century, Europeans returned from Arabia with a black drink purportedly giving its […]