Subculture Shoreditch – Street Art and Workshop

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Alternative, trendy, and recently gentrified, Shoreditchis one of the most vibrant and exciting areas in town – Free Tours By Foot, in partnership with Subculture Tours, is ready to help you discover what has become known as the greatest open air gallery in the world. Street Art and Graffiti has taken the world by storm with cities around the globe annually hosting Street/Graffiti festivals. But London’s East End is where every artists wants to paint. Subculture Tours are ready to invite guests of Free Tours By Foot into a world that has been closed to the general public for many years.

For people all over the world Graffiti is something they have been brought up with, it has been the makeup of cities around the world, everyday you will walk/drive past a piece but not give it two thoughts, it doesn’t even register with you, or if it does, your first thought might be: VANDALISM! We’ll show you why your thinking should change! Shoreditch is the top of a must-visit list of world wide street art locations, and pioneering community projects and we’re ready to share our world with you, understand the codes and conducts of this so-called lawless art form.

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This area of London is practically blanketed in some of the most famous street art and Graffiti in existence. Come with Free Tours By Foot, in partnership with Subculture Tours as we explore this ever changing gallery, from massive murals and pieces that take up entire buildings, to the tiny hidden pieces you’d miss if you didn’t have anybody to tell you where to look! Banksy the big question who is Banksy will we see a Banksy we will show you a Banksy stencil and talk about this illustrious character. We then travel by tube to a legal graffiti wall in central London where we finish with our own paint jam. We will teach you how to do a throwup or to stylize your graffiti name for you to put up on the wall.

Spend three and a half hours with us on this Shoreditch Street Art and Paint Jam Tour and discover the arts district, Nomadic community Gardens, codes and conducts of the graffiti world, world famous street artists, be taught to read graffiti writing, learn graffiti vocabulary, chose your graffiti name, visit a graffiti shop and by a can of paint, sketch your first piece and then paint it on a legal wall! Subculture Tours is taking you inside the graffiti world. You won’t find this in your tourist guide books! Come with us and see why a visit to the Shoreditch and the paint jam is an integral part of any visit to London!

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Sights we visit or cover on the Shoreditch Street Art and Workshop Tour:

  • Street Art
  • Graffiti Shop
  • Shoreditch Village
  • Nomadic Community Gardens
  • Banksy Stencil
  • Legal Graffiti Wall
  • Graffiti Shop
  • Paint Jam (Workshop)

*NOTE: Guests must purchase their own “Street Art Starter Pack” at a cost of £9.00 per person.

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Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must visit our groups page before booking.

Where: Tour begins from Bethnal Green Station. Please use our Google map for directions to the start of the tour.

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)

When: This tour takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:00. View our full calendar.

Cost: There are no uprfont costs to take this tour. You get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget

Subculture Shoreditch Nightlife Tour

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[This is a paid tour – £15.00]

Once you’ve done one pub crawl in London, you’ve done them all! So join one of our nightlife tours and really discover how the locals like to party!

We have possibly created the best night out in London. Forget the bars and clubs around Covent Garden and Leicester Square. Venture out to an area of London that has a night food market in a cool hidden away food court full of great street art or a innovative PopUp market. We meet everyone here and munch on street food from all around the world..Colombian, Peruvian, Indian, Burgers, Crepes etc..whilst listening to cool tunes and drinking a nice cold beer or a perfectly mixed cocktail whilst getting to know the other travelers on the tour.

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There is no need to choose between having fun and filling your belly in London these days. If you don’t mind sharing a table with twenty fun, slightly inebriated strangers (or simply love scoffing while standing) then you’ll have a ball with us on our night markets and bar tour.

We have no set time or route so we could end up in a beer garden playing mini golf…or on a roof terrace hanging out listening to the DJ’s…or drinking with the locals in a community garden around a campfire… or at a Portugues café where beer cost £1.70 or in a bar playing pool… or maybe we end up listening to live music or spoken word. Whatever happens you will get to meet people make friends and have an awesome night out in one of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.

Guests MUST be 21+ with proper identification

Guests MUST pay for the tour in advance to reserve a space. The payment will be made for $21.00USD which equals to £15.00.

Note:

  • We keep the group sizes intimate to make sure you get to know everyone
  • We start by eating great food
  • This is NOT about getting wasted
  • Being an intimate group means we can go to better bars as well as roof terraces, beer gardens and food courts.
  • We haven’t a set route which the places change depending on what is happening and who is leading the nightlife tour that night.

Tour information

Reservations: Click here to reserve.

Where: Meet your guide outside NatWest Bank on Shoreditch High Street. Just up from Shoreditch High Street Station.

Duration: 4 hours

When: View our full tour calendar.

Cost: Guests MUST pay for the tour in advance to reserve a space. The payment will be made for $21.00USD which equals to £15.00.

Subculture Camden Street Art & Food Tour

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Join Free Tours By Foot, in partnership with our friends at Subculture Tours as we explore one of London’s most vibrant areas: Camden. Built around canals and boasting some of the capital’s best market stalls and incredible street food market, Camden is a must-see for visitors who are looking to get familiar with the alternative side of London. Together we’ll travel through centuries old railway arches, explore the market places and traipse along the beautiful Regent’s Canal to take in the greatest free view of London from Primrose Hill. We’ll take in the alternative London scene: punk, rock, and bohemian influences. We shall have a beer in what was Amy Winehouses favourite drinking hole. You will have time to grab a bite to eat from the street food market.
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 Over the past 2 years Camden has become one of the most active areas for street art in London. We shall walk you through back passageways to discover the greatest pieces Camden has to offer. For those who want to see a side of London the tourist books often leave behind, our Camden Street Art and Food Tour will get you acquainted with the off-beat, alternative and exciting vibrant hub of north London’s social scene. So join us as we discover Camden!
What to on Subculture Camden Street Art & Food Tour:
  • Street Art
  • Primrose Hill
  • Food Market
  • Stables Market
  • Regent’s Canal
  • Punk and Rock, Brit Pop Sights of Significance
  • Amy Winehouse’s Favourite Pub
Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must visit our groups page before booking.
Where: Tour begins from Chalk Farm Underground Station. Please use our Google map for directions to the start of the tour.
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)
When: This tour takes place on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 14:00. View our full calendar.
Cost: There are no uprfont costs to take this tour. You get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget

Subculture Brixton Nightlife Tour

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[This is a paid tour – £15.00]

Once you’ve done one pub crawl in London, you’ve done them all! So join one of our nightlife tours and really discover how the locals like to party! We have possibly created the best night out in London. Forget the bars and clubs around Covent Garden and Leicester Square. Venture out to an area of London that has a night food market in a cool hidden away food court full of great street art or a innovative PopUp market. We meet everyone here and munch on street food from all around the world..Colombian, Peruvian, Indian, Burgers, Crepes etc..whilst listening to cool tunes and drinking a nice cold beer or a perfectly mixed cocktail whilst getting to know the other travelers on the tour.

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There is no need to choose between having fun and filling your belly in London these days. If you don’t mind sharing a table with twenty fun, slightly inebriated strangers (or simply love scoffing while standing) then you’ll have a ball with us on our night markets and bar tour. We have no set time or route so we could end up in a beer garden playing mini golf…or on a roof terrace hanging out listening to the DJ’s…or drinking with the locals in a community garden around a campfire… or at a Portugues café where beer cost £1.70 or in a bar playing pool… or maybe we end up listening to live music or spoken word. Whatever happens you will get to meet people make friends and have an awesome night out in one of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.

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Guests MUST be 21+ with proper identification

Guests MUST pay for their space in advance. A payment of $21.00 USD (£15.00GBP) is to be made at time of booking.

What to expect on  Brixton Nightlife Tour

  • We keep the group sizes intimate to make sure you get to know everyone
  • We start by eating great food
  • This is NOT about getting wasted
  • Being an intimate group means we can go to better bars as well as roof terraces, beer gardens and food courts.
  • We haven’t a set route which the places change depending on what is happening and who is leading the nightlife tour that night.

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must visit our groups page before booking.

Where: Tour begins from the David Bowie mural OPPOSITE BRIXTON UNDERGROUND STATION. Please use our Google map for directions to the start of the tour.

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)

When: This tour takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays at 20:00 (8:00pm). View our full calendar.

Cost: £15.00 per person paid at time of booking.

Brixton Twilight Food Tour

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Brixton is known as a cultural melting pot, with strong influences from the countries throughout the world. South Americans, Portuguese, African and Eritrean have all been living and bringing their exotic flavours to this mutli-ethnic neighbourhood. Brixton is unlike any other area of London – it really has it’s own identity, with people on the street singing and dancing, steel drums playing, reggae blasting, this is what you can expect to hear as you feast on Londons most popular food destination. It can be easy to miss the hidden culinary gems in Brixton. A tour of Brixton needs to be led by a person of the neighbourhood someone who is involved in the community. We have got the right people to lead you through this delicious neighbourhood and with most food tours charging upwards of £65.00, it can be expensive – but not anymore!

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Join Free Tours By Foot, in partnership with Subculture Tours, on our Brixton Food tasting tour as we explore the food history and culture of Brixton. Wander through covered markets with innovative pop ups while you sample Jamaican Cod Fish Fritters; Beijing Street Food (Dumplings and Wonton Crisps); discover the the great food on offer in the upcycled shipping container village; sit and chill whilst enjoying a locally crafted beer. Make your way to a hidden food court where you will be surrounded by great street art and food stalls selling crepes, Indian, Peruvian, Colombian, Venezuelan, Egyptian Falafel – or you might like to finish the evening sitting around trying Shisha. This free food tour of Brixton is completely unique in that you design your own menu. Your guide will bring you to the best cafes and shops in Brixton and explain their history and specialties – but you decide and purchase what you would like to eat. Small portion sizes are available at some stops, but at others you may want to share with a new friend along the way.

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Sites and Topics covered on the Brixton Twilight Food Tour:

  • Covered Food Markets
  • Caribbean Food
  • Beijing Street Food
  • Possibly London’s Best Pizza
  • An overview of London’s greatest eateries
  • An Upcycled Shipping Container Village and craft beer
  • Hidden Food Courts
  • Night Food Markets
  • Chill and make new friends

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must visit our groups page before booking.

Where: Tour begins from the David Bowie mural OPPOSITE BRIXTON UNDERGROUND STATION. Please use our Google map for directions to the start of the tour.

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)

When: This tour takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 17:30 (5:30pm). View our full calendar.

Cost: There are no uprfont costs to take this tour. You get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget

Subculture Brixton Street Art & Food Tour

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Subculture Brixton Street Art & Food Tour

Never quiet, always fun, and attracting a wide mix of people from all over the world, Brixton’s atmosphere and history make it a must for any tourist (or locals!) visiting London. See the spot where David Bowie lived and the mural that now immortalises him. Visit a world famous graffiti “hall of fame” attracting international graffiti writers. Use the local currency, Brixton Pound and use the worlds very first cash machine dedicated to local currency. Brixton is home to great murals, street art and graffiti and is now London’s design capital. It also offers amazing food and a diverse array of live entertainment, Brixton consistently offers a good time – no matter what your interests!

So join Free Tours By Foot, in partnership with Subculture Tours, as we take you on a tour of Londons most eclectic and vibrant neighbourhood, browse the windows of countless off-beat shops, and tread in the footsteps of some of the biggest names to ever come through London. We will wander through covered markets an upcycled shipping container village, passing by spectacular murals, world famous street artists and the greatest music venues in the city.

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What we cover on the Brixton Street Art and Food Tour: 

  • Graffiti Hall of Fame
  • Brixton
  • Brixton Academy
  • David Bowie Mural
  • Street Art, Murals & Markets
  • The Ritzy Cinema (One of the oldest in the country)
  • Brixton Brewery
  • Brixton Yard

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must visit our groups page before booking.

Where: Tour begins from Stockwell Underground Station. Please use our Google map for directions to the start of the tour.

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)

When: This tour takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 10:30. View our full calendar.

Cost: There are no uprfont costs to take this tour. You get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Brixton

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Brixton

For years Brixton has been one of London’s best kept secrets. A bohemian neighbourhood absolutely bursting with art, music, culture and fabulous food. Brixton has had a huge cultural and artistic impact on the world as this is where David Bowie, Adele, Danny Kirwin of Fleetwood Mac, and two members of The Clash, called this part of London home.

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If you want to get face-to-face with unparalleled street art, delicious market food, and some of the quirkiest locales in town, check out our friends and Subculture tours! But to occupy your time before you take the tour, here is our list of 12 things you didn’t know about Brixton!

1. Brixton has a restaurant staffed entirely by prisoners

Billed as “a dining experience delivering changed,” The Clink Restauraat Her Majesty’s Prison, Brixton is staffed entirely by prisoners who live there. Prisoners are eligible to earn credits towards a National Vocational Qualification in Hospitality, Catering and Customer Service. This programme equips inmates with skills and qualifications to be used as soon as they are released. As far as reducing the risk of reoffending, the programme has an 87.5% success rate!

2. Electric Avenue is located in Brixton

The first market street to be lit by electricity, Electric Avenue was built in the 1880’s. The street was later immortalised in Eddy Grant’s 1983 hit, “Electric Avenue” which reached No. 2 on the Singles Charts in both the U.K. and the U.S.

3. Brixton has produced a Mayor of London as well as a Prime Minister

Ken Livingstone, the very first Mayor of London from 2000 – 2008 grew up in the Brixton area. As did John Major, Prime Minister from 1990 – 1997.

4. Brixton has its’ own currency

Known as the Brixton Pound, this currency was first launched in September 2009. The idea is that this money, spendable only in Brixton, encourages spenders to shop locally. It is estimated that the Brixton Pound circulates through the local community three times longer than through national chains.

Currency comes in B£1, B£5, B£10 and B£20 denominations and are decorated with famous Brixtonian figures and places such as David Bowie, Electric Avenue and the Brixton Murals.

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5. London’s ultimate Afro-Caribbean Market is here in Brixton

Although Brixton Markets sells goods from all over the world, it is primarily known for it’s wide range of food and goods from Africa and the Caribbean. The Market is both open air in the street (the famous “Electric Avenue”) as well as covered market arcades holding dozens and dozens of independent shops.

6. The Tate Library in Brixton is one of the first free libraries in London

Built in 1893 entirely with funds donated by Sir Henry Tate, the Tate Library was one of the first free public libraries opened in our capital city. It’s also worth noting that the money Sir Tate donated to create the library came from his massive success as a sugar merchant. Tate is given credit as being the first person to create a sugar cube and, for this reason, Tate & Lyle sugar is still a staple in many British households!

7. Between 1910 – 1915 nine cinemas were built in Brixton, including one of the first purpose built movie-theatres in the country

Most of Brixton’s cinemas were constructed underneath rail arches running through the area, with trains hiding to/from Victoria, Waterloo and London Bridge Stations. One of these cinemas, The Ritzy Picturehouse is widely regarded as one of the first cinema built specifically for film in the UK. And out of all the Brixton theatres, the Ritzy is the only one that still stands today.

8. Brixton has been a cultural meeting point for centuries 

The earliest evidence of human habitation in the Brixton area comes from the ruins of Roman roads that ran through this area into the Roman port of Chichester. In the 11th century, the area was given the name ‘Brixistane’ in reference to a type of stone placed here: Brihtsige. The stones here were meeting points for communities in the near area which means Brixton has been a popular neighbourhood for nearly 1,000 years!

9. London’s only cannabis festival was previously held in Brixton

Ceasing in 2005, the JayDay Cannabis Festival used to be held in Brixton at Brockwell Park, organised by the Cannabis Coalition as a movement to lobby for the legalisation of marijuana. Although the festivals were always peaceful, Lambeth Council refused to hold the festival in 2005 owing to the continued illegality of cannabis in the UK.

10. The Splash Festival highlights some of London’s best up-and-coming acts

A festival still taking place in Brixton is the Splash Festival. Held on the first Sunday of August every year, the festival celebrates the independence of Jamaica and Jamaican culture. Local up and coming R&B artists, rappers, singers and dancers perform centre stage and occasionally these acts make it onto the international stage: Katy B headlined in 2010!

11. Brixton’s history is painted here

In a series of murals painted by local artists in Brixton, the colourful history of this area is carefully painted out. Highlighting events, people and places that help to form the Brixton neighbourhood, the murals are regarded as some of the finest works of street art in all of London.

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Reviewing the Best London Helicopter Flights and Tours

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This post is a review of your options for the best London helicopter rides and tours.  Obviously we love to see London by foot, but sometimes it’s fun to get a totally different view! If you’ve ever wanted to get a birds-eye view of our favourite city, then check out our guide below for the best helicopter tours in town!

 

LONDON PLEASURE FLIGHTS

These guys know their stuff: the pilots working here have been flying over London for the past 10 years! London Pleasure flights take guests along the River Thames from the City Airport all the way down to the Houses of Parliament. Tours begin in easy-to-reach Essex and depart on pre-selected dates throughout the year.

 

 

  • Tour Duration: 30 Minutes
  • Cost: £125.00 per person

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Soho Food Tour Free Tours by Foot London

Soho Food Tour London

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Consistently ranked one of the world’s finest neighbourhoods for food lovers, Soho is a must for any foodie during their visit to London. Steeped in over 300 years of history, Soho is beloved by locals and tourists alike, all drawn to the area for its abundant food options available at many different price points.

Be sure to check out our full list of guided and self-guided London food tours.

London Soho Food Tour

 

This vast foodie area can be overwhelming on one’s own, so join our Soho tour and you’ll discover mouthwatering snacks and sweets that hail from all over the globe. Your guide will introduce you to the delights of classic British food, Chinatown bakeries, Spanish and Basque tapas and Jamaican flavours, all without leaving London! Taste local oysters, authentic Beijing dumplings and so much more as you learn about Soho’s scandalous past and immigrant histories. With your guide’s help, you’ll design your own personalised tasting menu and experience Soho like a local.

 

Bangers and Mash Soho London Food Tour

 

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Free Tours by Foot is more than just a guided walking tour company for your sightseeing visit. Consider us the best resource for your trip – from how to get tickets to top tourist attractions, where to stay, and how to get around the city. Our guides are experts in the city and here to help you plan your weekend or sightseeing trips.

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