Walthamstow has one of the best and most spread out street art scenes in London. From the central hub of Hoe Street to the areas around Wood Street and St James Street, there are many murals to see. Much of the work in the area is the result of local organisations such as Wood Street Walls.
Some of the biggest street artists in the world have painted in the Walthamstow area. Invader, Conor Harrington, Cam Scale, ROA and Axel Void have all created street art pieces. They join works from the likes of local artist Mark McClure and London regulars Nerone, ATM and Irony. The range of art in the area is truly impressive, you’ve just got to know where to find it.
Map of Street Art Locations in Walthamstow
Street Art in Walthamstow
The area around the central Walthamstow station is home of one of the area and London’t most notable murals. The piece from Ireland’s Conor Harrington shows two men in his trademark period costumes fighting. The wall can be found on Ray Dudley Way, just behind the station itself. It overlooks an ordinary estate and is quite the distraction. Close by on St Mary’s Road can be found a more recent piece from Nerone. Painted as part of the 2020 London Mural Festival, it’s a bright electric piece from the exciting French artist. An older work from Walthamstow local Mark McClure can also be seen nearby. It’s a rare piece of street art which is made entirely out of wood.
The central street in Walthamstow is Hoe Street. It runs from the centre down the hill towards Forest road. It is a place full of eateries and pubs. Street art can be seen dotted along it. Notable works include some long standing pieces from Boe & Irony and Carne Griffith. A more recent mural from Mr Penfold was added as part of the London Mural Festival.
The Aubrey Road outdoor gallery was a bit of an ambition that doesn’t seem to have really taken off. However there are a couple of nice pieces to see. Local artist Mark McClure has some work here which is joined by painting of a Snipe from ATM. Both artists have multiple artworks spread across the Walthamstow area.
God’s Own Junkyard and Surrounding Streets
A hugely popular hangout, God’s Own Junkyard is an incredible place in it’s own right. Situated on the Ravenswood Industrial Park there is also a micro brewery on the site. Certainly it’s a fun place to hang out. Street art can be found on the building for God’s Own Junkyard itself and there are a couple of notable murals from RUN and Holy Moly in the surrounding streets.
Running from the top end of Wood Street to Blackhorse Road, Forest Road contains a number murals spread along it. Notable pieces from Eelus, Invader, Hunto, RUN, Faunagraphic and Erin Holly are spaced along it’s length. The William Morris Gallery too is here too. The foremost gallery in the area and adjacent to Lloyd Park, William Morris is possibly Walthamstow’s most famous artists.
The home of Wood Street Walls the street has one of the highest densities of street art in the Walthamstow area. Stand out murals by Helen Bur, Static, Axel Void and Cam Scale & Loretta Lizzio make the journey here very worthwhile.
St James Street
Many of the murals around the St James Street station are the result of support from the St James Big Local collective. It’s resulted in some standout works from some recognisable street artists. Sheffield’s Phlegm, Belgium’s ROA and London’s ATM all have large murals within a short walk from each other.
Towards the reservoirs just down from St James Street station a number of murals can be seen on and around Elmfield Road. They include a painting of a Goshawk from ATM, a fox and badger by Louis Masai and an abstract mural from Hunto. They were all painted as part of the Paint Your London festival.
The street art of Walthamstow was visited during February 2021. You can read more articles in this series of posts from London, Shoreditch , Brick Lane and Camden.
Great article and really useful map. Thank you for taking time time to put it together.
Thank you I’m glad it is proving useful 🙂