Leake Street

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Leake Street, also known as "Graffiti Tunnel" or the "Banksy Tunnel" (because the tunnels are decorated with graffiti initially created during the Cans Festival, which was headed by Banksy himself in May 2008), is a road in Lambeth, London. Graffiti seems to be tolerated there regardless of the legal complications. The street is about 300 metres long, runs off York Road and under the platforms and tracks of Waterloo station. The walls are decorated with graffiti - initially created during the "Cans Festival" organised by Banksy on 3–5 May 2008.[1] A second edition of the Cans Festival on the August Bank Holiday week-end 2008.[2]

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[3] and through traffic was restricted to pedestrians.


  1. ^ The Terran Tribune on the Cans Festival
  2. ^ Cans Festival 2: street artists return to Leake Street
  3. ^ The future of Leake Street

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Coordinates: 51°30′07″N 0°06′57″W / 51.5020°N 0.1157°W / 51.5020; -0.1157