Tun­nel vi­sion


Uxbridge Gazette - - In Pictures - By ANGIE QUINN @mylon­don

TUN­NELS are nor­mally dark, damp, de­press­ing places which you look to scam­per through as quickly as you can.

But no­body ever rushes through this ex­tra­or­di­nary tun­nel nes­tled un­der one of Lon­don’s busiest rail­way sta­tions, as ev­ery spare cen­time­tre of space is filled with amaz­ing street art. Re­stricted to pedes­tri­ans only, the Leake Street Tun­nel is lo­cated un­der Water­loo Sta­tion and is a safe haven for tal­ented artists to express them­selves.

The colour­ful un­der­pass is ef­fec­tively a free art gallery.

The tun­nel’s land­lord, Lon­don & Con­ti­nen­tal Rail­ways Lim­ited, al­lows graf­fiti to be sprayed on the walls. Its only stip­u­la­tions are that any art con­tain­ing sex­ism, racism or ad­verts will not be tol­er­ated and artists must also take their lit­ter home.

So why visit the tun­nel?

If you like street art – this is a won­der­land.

When we vis­ited there was every­thing from paint­ings of su­per­heroes to a stun­ning por­trait of Michael Jack­son.

From floor to ceil­ing, vivid images are spread across the walls and some­times you get to see the artists at work. As the space is a free-for-all, the art changes ev­ery day and keeps vis­i­tors on their toes as no two days are the same when ex­plor­ing the tun­nel.

As the colour­ful tun­nel is a pub­lic walk­way there is no charge to visit.

What’s the best time to visit?

Leake Street Tun­nel is a lit­tle walk from a main road, so you may not want to visit alone at night or early in the morn­ing.

Plus, if you visit dur­ing the day you will see a range of spec­ta­tors in­clud­ing fam­i­lies, in­di­vid­u­als, cou­ples and groups of friends all en­joy­ing the art­work to­gether which cre­ates a su­perb at­mos­phere.

And some­times artists will be at work which al­lows passers-by to wit­ness a mas­ter­piece come to life in front of their eyes.

Where is the tun­nel lo­cated?

Lo­cated a short walk away from Water­loo sta­tion, Leake Street is lo­cated in the Lon­don bor­ough of Lam­beth.

Cap­tain Amer­ica on the wall

Check out de­pic­tions of Michael Jack­son (left) and a LEGO-style David Bowie (above)

Some­times you get to see tal­ented street artists at work

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