The Nomadic Community Garden on Brick Lane

The Nomadic community garden on Brick Lane is a wonderous place. A community project. It can be found nestling near Allen Gardens. Sitting on a patch of scrubland in an alley between two railway lines.

The development of this space over the past few years has transformed what was a wasteland into an organic commune type of development. It has buildings made from found materials, street art, sculpture. There are also allotments. These have now fitted into a space which for years had been fenced off and overgrown.

The main wall in the Nomadic Gardens on Brick Lane
The main wall in the gardens and the centerpiece for the Meeting of Styles festival

Development of the Nomadic Garden

In a previous post we said that the Nomadic Community Garden on Brick Lane just might be the coolest place to hang out in London right now.  Like a “giant den for adults” our advice was to get along to see it and now that we are well into spring, the gardens are coming into life once more and they’ve grown a lot since last year.

A recent addition is the creation of a makeshift theatre. This has added to the makeshift bars and coffee shops. There’s even a space that sometimes doubles as an art gallery.  This is an experiment in social regeneration which seems to have done good.  Left to their own devices the community have transformed what really was an unappealing area of town into a chilled out hangout where anyone is welcome.

Street art inside the Nomadic Gardens on Brick Lane
The gardens are a bit of a playground for street artists with works such as these from Pablo Kiran and Elno

Nomadic Garden and Meeting of Styles

It’s also the location for this years London edition of Meeting of Styles and it’s been the centre piece for that event for the past few years now.  The garden boasts one particularly eye-catching wall. This is usually a collaborative effort. The murals created on that have been spectacular.

There’s also plenty more art to see.  Just wander around the gardens and it is everywhere and it’s not just street art, wander round and you’ll see paste ups and sculptures made out of just about anything.

A pop up cafe built entirely from found materials

So have a look and wander around if you get a chance.  The garden will be there until such time as a more permanent development will be erected on the space.  At the moment the owners, Network Rail, have gifted the land for it to be used. That is providing there is a good community benefit in doing so. It won’t last forever though because however altruistic that is, in the East End of London these days the money of development seems to trump all.

Where are the Nomadic Gardens on Brick Lane?

The Nomadic Gardens can be accessed via Pedley Street, a small alley running off Brick Lane. Head towards Allen Gardens and then go underneath the railway bridge. The gardens are immediately in front.

Are the Nomadic Gardens still open?

No. Sadly they closed last year. The land owners have now taken back the space with the intention of re-developing it.

The Nomadic Community Garden was visited on 14 April 2017 and last featured on Inspiring City on 17 April 2016 and they’ve changed a lot since then. 

Nomadic Community Garden Gallery

A sign for the Nomadic Community Garden on Brick Lane
The sign at the entrance of the Nomadic Community Garden by JDK
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A sculptured fist
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The birdhouse of positivity area
Street art on the walls
A woman made from tyres with work from Artista in the background
Seating areas are dotted all around
Haunting work from Elfin with some random upturned legs
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Elfin piece with other sculpture
Street art
Makeshift buildings on the site
The portaloo area
Anime eyes
Tyres and a toilet sign
Painted loos
the makeshift gallery with work from This One on the front
sneaky paste up from JDK
JDK’s paste ups can be found dotted around the gardens
Flying fish on a van
Alo piece next to the recycled wood area
Metal sculpture and art from Zadok
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The main wall
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Painted van
The theatre with the beginnings of a telephone box
View from inside one of the buildings
signage for the next Meeting of Styles
SSOSVA the Secret Society of Super Villain Artists
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A little bird made out of metal
Amy Winehouse piece from John D’Oh
Art at the exit
A totem pole made out of tyres
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The archway behind the gardens
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Panorama of the gardens

To learn about more street art in the area have a look below:

Where to find Street Art in Shoreditch

The Last Days of the Nomadic Community Garden.


  1. I do enjoy a wander around the community gardens now and then. I need to post my photos. The sculpture of the plague doctor is by MCLN, and he also puts paste-ups around.

  2. Can the organisers of this space find another location to install at least some if this art. Also can the landowners have selected days as Open days for the public to visit before everything gets demolished?

    1. Sadly everything has now gone and the space is completely cleared. Some painting still happens in the nearby Allen Gardens but the nomadic gardens are no more

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