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The Step Outside Blog

As anyone who looks at our books will be aware, we love London and are passionate about helping other people to enjoy our city, through cost-free family days out.


A good few people have suggested that we write a blog about London things that have caught our attention, captured our hearts or made us think - or all of the above - so here it is.

We hope you enjoy it!

A nice spot in London - Leake Street

By Francesca Fenn, Nov 1 2018 04:29PM

Leake Street runs for 300metres beneath the platforms of Waterloo Station. Until the closure of the Waterloo terminus of Eurostar it was a road tunnel, but since then it has been for use only by pedestrians. For a while it was derelict, and probably only one type of leak was taken there (!), but in 2008 Banksy held a Cans Festival (love that name!) there. Graffiti artists filled the tunnel, and since then its walls and ceiling have been covered with an ever-changing array of graffiti. It is spectacular and a lot of fun, and you can often see graffiti artists at work there. It's a chance to appreciate just how skillful graffiti can be!

The storage areas under the arches along the tunnel are gradually opening as bars and clubs and this once derelict and neglected tunnel is now a great place to see a different side of London life.

Nearest station - Waterloo.

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