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15th August 2017

Minutes from Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament, our South Bank neighbourhood is London’s cultural and creative district. Nestled along the river Thames, it is an area of incredible history, architecture, culture and regeneration. Home to great national centres for art and culture, a vibrant and growing community and some of London’s finest achievements in architecture, such as the National Theatre, Southbank Centre and London Eye, the South Bank offers something for everyone. Here we highlight attractions in the local area that we recommend checking out as part of your visit to Leake Street Arches. HOUSE OF […]
15th August 2017

Dictionary Definition: “Writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place.” Graffiti; a beautiful word for something traditionally associated with illegal urban activity. As the plural of the Italian archaeological term Graffito, its original context, meant a deliberate mark made by scratching or engraving on a large surface such as a wall. Whilst the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians may have first coined the term, the definition and origins of modern day graffiti continue to be debated. When and where it first started causes much controversy, especially amongst the graffiti community, but […]
15th August 2017

Night or day, rain or shine; the South Bank remains a constant hub of activity throughout the year. The huge range of activities on offer, from watching a play at The National Theatre, getting a bite to eat at one of the numerous restaurants or taking in the view from The London Eye to spying on sharks at the aquarium, catching a film at the BFI IMAX or revisiting the past at the Imperial War museum, means the South Bank appeals to adults and children alike. But it’s taken a great deal of time to build an area that is […]
15th August 2017

Ahead of the IAAF World Championships (taking place in London from 4th to 13th August) and as part of their #IMoveLondon campaign, ASICS launched ‘Run the Tube’; an 85-metre multi-sensory LED tunnel installation. The epic LED tunnel made from hoops of light, first opened on Leake Street on 3rd August, before moving to the Olympic Park for 5th and 6th August then finally to Clapham Common from 8th to 10th August. The visual phenomenon, designed by American artists Rob Jensen and Warren Trezevan, was launched to encourage Londoners to get up and move, and to embrace the outdoors for their […]
15th August 2017

Whilst it might not be quite as permanent as the more traditional headstone, a street art memorial provides a great place for people to gather and remember those who’ve passed. Around the world, legends of film, music, politics, art and more have been immortalised (at least for a moment in time!) on walls, shutters and doors. Here are some that caught our eye… 10. David Bowie (Brixton, London) by Jimmy C Australian artist Jimmy C originally created the work on the wall of Morley’s shopping centre in 2013. More familiar working on walls in East London, he chose the location having […]