Leake Street (also known as the Banksy Tunnel) is a road tunnel in Lambeth, London where graffiti is tolerated regardless of the fact that it is against the law. The street is about 300 metres long, runs off York Road and under the platforms and tracks of Waterloo station.By using our London day trip tool, you can arrange your visit to Leeke Street and other attractions in London.
The walls are decorated with graffiti, initially created during the Cans Festival organised by Banksy on 3–5 May 2008. The festival ran again on the August Bank Holiday weekend 2008.
While the Eurostar terminal was at Waterloo, the road was open for through vehicular traffic. On 14 November 2008 ownership of the road passed from Eurostar to Network Rail and through traffic was restricted to pedestrians.
Prior to the 1920s the street was known as York Street.
Leeke Street Reviews
The murals are changing daily so there is always sonething new to see. Despite being in a grotty tunnel beneath the railway station it's now full of people, street artists doing their thing, locals... more »
I visit London regularly & use Waterloo & Leake Street if I’m heading towards The Southbank. I was surprised to see reviews for it. But, thought I’d add my comments. I’ve often admired the skill of.... more »
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