We’re big fans of Belgian street art Roa at Insider London, so we were delighted to see a new piece on Shoreditch’s Leonard Street. Known for his huge black and white depictions of animals and for depicting some of the planet’s less-loved creatures, true to form, this time he’s depicted a giant flea.
June was a busy month at Insider London. We’ve been exploring lesser known corners of the city, speaking to people changing the capital in unique ways and getting to grips with London’s ever evolving skyline. Here’s what you may have missed.
King’s Cross station’s new, bright and spacious concourse reflects the renewal of the wider area, heralding a renaissance in how railway stations interact with their urban context. The Victorians excelled at creating a sense of arrival, leaving a legacy of grand stations that took pride in railway travel. After a period of decline, London’s railway stations are beginning to scrub up to smart 21st century standards.
The Avon and Somerset Constabulary is instantly recognisable as a piece of Banksy. It dates to 2001 and was shown at his first major exhibition in the UK – The Severnshed show in 2000. It’s currently on display at Sotheby’s, part of BANKSY: The Unauthorised Retrospective, curated by Steve Lazarides. You can read our thoughts on the exhibition on the blog here.
Urban Bees is an organisation that aims to bring bees to cities, promoting sustainable and responsible urban beekeeping. Since starting beekeeping in 2006, they have worked with an impressive range of companies and organisations across London, including the City of London Festival, the Co-Op Group and London Wildlife Trust. Co-founder Alison Benjamin kindly answered some of our questions about their work and the importance of having bees in the city.