The street art bug has drifted further South across London over recent years with Tooting and Broadway getting in on the act and getting a very arty makeover.
Both markets are separated by an Iceland and contains a LOT of street art within the maze of shops and outlets housed within.
Walking in I thought I’d entered a time warp and a market that seemed closed for business – but wait – that’s exactly what I wanted to ensure all the shutters were down.
A number of entrances on the main high street lead you inside either the Tooting or Broadway markets ready for the exploration to begin!
Ensure your trip is early enough to catch most of the shutters down – to reveal all the art that is painted throughout.
Outlets range from coffee shops, fabric shops to a cyclist cafe and chinese takeaway (it’s a very varied selection – but fascinating in itself!)
In a small carpark next to the markets are some larger murals by renowned street artists such as Mr Cenz, Louis Masai and Skyhigh.
Some have now been painted over but you can still see the remnants of Fanakapan and Irony.
Back inside the never ending warren much more art adorns the shutters around every corner but they were all being pulled up with the outlets beginning to open.
As the visit was around England taking part in the FIFA World Cup there was lots of England flags and support in the area.
The wide range of art included a lot of faces, animals, geometric patterns, wildstyle and even some cartoon characters.
The whole project had been devised and commissioned by Tooting and Broadway Markets as a way of promoting the area and to help drive visitor numbers up to the markets.
This one alleyway was particularly pretty with every shutter still down showcasing the brightly painted shutters whilst the strong sunlight powered on through.
Popeye seemed to be a popular choice for the artists!
In one corner there was a really attractive space that totally drew me in which featured umbrellas hung from the ceiling and this delightful work painted on the wall.
One of the workers obliged by closing the door to aid the shot! Thanks guys!
Such a fascinating high street and market which is well worth a visit as this now seems to be a real destination for real artists to paint at.
The carpark and surrounding streets also sport a few neat pieces too!