The Inspiring City Top Posts of 2013

This year has sure been a busy one as my recent review of the year will testify. I’ve met a lot of people, seen some great art and learnt a lot about the history of this great city.

To date the blog has received 41,220 views covering a total of 162 posts although some admittedly being a lot more popular than others. The blog has gone around the World and although the UK is by far the biggest audience there has also been a sizeable amount of traffic from the USA (3642), France (1160), Greece (927), Germany (671) and Australia (601). I’ve even had single visitors from the likes of Nepal, Swaziland, Mozambique and Afganistan.

So as a fitting end to the year and a decent beginning to the next I thought I’d share with you the top five posts from the blog so far. Thanks for reading 🙂

1. A Street Art Tour of Brick Lane (2947 views)
The most popular post by far, this free tour was written to give visitors who didn’t have much time in the city, a quick and easy guide to follow in order to catch some of the best street art in the city.

The Truman Brewery on Brick Lane can be a lively place

The Truman Brewery on Brick Lane can be a lively place

2. The Seven Gates of London (1844 views)
The seven gates once encircled the city and they are still fascinating for lots of people visiting the city. This post went in search of the gates and photographed where they are now.

The wooden structure marks the spot of the Aldgate, one of the old gates of London

The wooden structure marks the spot of the Aldgate, one of the old gates of London

3. Art is Trash, Rubbish Art in the East End…Literally! (1836 views)
One of the years biggest street art sensations was Spain’s Francisco De Pajaro and his ‘Art is Trash’ tag. Everywhere he turned rubbish into fun characters and poked fun at the notion that anything really could be turned into art.

Francisco De Pajaro turned trash into art throughout 2013

Francisco De Pajaro turned trash into art throughout 2013

4. A Street Art Tour of Shoreditch in London (1074 views)
Shoreditch is a popular place for street art and this tour pretty much carries on from where the Brick Lane one ends.

The Street Art Tour of Shoreditch takes the visitor through Chance Street one of the best spots for street art in the city

The Street Art Tour of Shoreditch takes the visitor through Chance Street one of the best spots for street art in the city

5. Epic Elephant Street Art by La Pandilla on Hanbury Street (1017 views)
One of the years greatest piece of street art in London took place on Hanbury Street when Puerto Rican Alexis Diaz, also known as La Pandilla, spent nine days painstaking painting his Elephant Octopus mural.

The fantastic Alexis Diaz 'Octopus Elephant' piece on Hanbury Street

The fantastic Alexis Diaz ‘Octopus Elephant’ piece on Hanbury Street