London’s Top Ten Murals

London is famous for its arts and culture that is manifest in its splendid museums, art galleries and in the theatrical performances at the various theatres. It is also famous for its numerous murals out of which the main ten are being described below.

The Spirit of Soho is a 1991 mural on the corner of Carnaby and Broadwick Streets which focuses on St. Anne, in which a veritable A to Z of Soho is depicted on her frock that includes fruits and vegetables, notable landmarks and some famous locals standing at her feet.

The Agents of Change is a visual extravaganza on a dingy strip opposite King’s Cross Station. Megan Project used 150 litres of paint and more than 450 spray cans to create it and it looks like a magnified London 2012 logo from a distance.

The Kilburn Tube Mural in which Signal Project artists Snug, Dane, Bleach, Busk and Tizer have included details of the Kilburn High Road thoroughfare’s origins and notorious locals. A three-wheeler pushchair refers to the area’s most revered political campaigner, the Tricycle Theatre.

United Peckham in which Peckham Rue, an internationally famous street artist depicts birds and beasts standing proudly on walls, crawling out of holes and curling their way around buildings from Brooklyn to Zaragoza.

The Battle of Cable Street is a staggering mural by Dave Binnington, Desmond Rochfort, Paul Butler and Ray Walker, which took years to come to fruition and was completed in 1993 and it depicts the Battle of Cable Street.

The Riders of the Apocalypse is a colourful mural by Brian Barnes at the north end of Coldblow Lane that depicts world leaders straddling nuclear missiles in flight.

History of Somers Town is a tribute to the local great and good Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, along with Charles Dickens, some modern landmarks and the staff of the school where this mural was relocated after it was saved by author Claire Tomalin.

Brick Lane Music Hall Mural Silvertown is a street scene at the music hall on North Woolwich Road.

Besides the above murals, you can also find The History of the Old Kent Road and Untitled Fulham. The Fine Art Society exhibited British Murals and Decorative painting 1910-1970 from 13 February to 9 March.

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