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Ten Banksy artworks you can see in London as well as the Finsbury Park tree mural

Ten Banksy artworks you can see in London as well as the Finsbury Park tree mural

Banksy has confirmed that a mural on a building behind a tree in Finsbury Park, north London, is one of his own.

The secretive street artist confirmed on Instagram that he had daubed the building behind the pollarded tree on Hornsey Road in green to make it look as if it was in leaf.

Local MP Jeremy Corbyn visited the artwork, writing on Facebook: “Banksy has come to Islington!

“What wonderful artwork, proving there is hope for our natural world everywhere.”

And Islington Council, far from condemning graffiti, has warmly welcomed the work.

“Islington has always been a borough that celebrates creativity and the way culture is used to tell meaningful stories,” a post on X, formerly Twitter, read.

The authority then clarified that the tree had been in declining health and had been pollarded for safety and to prolong its lifespan.

Banksy’s last public artwork in London was a stop sign in Peckham, which he created in December.

A person removes artwork by Banksy which was unveiled in Peckham, south-east London (PA Wire)
A person removes artwork by Banksy which was unveiled in Peckham, south-east London (PA Wire)

Unfortunately, the artwork was stolen by two men in the presence of a large crowd.

Where Banksy will pop up next is anybody’s guess — but for fans of modern art here are the locations he has popped up at in London that you can still see.

*Quick disclaimer — London is changing all the time. If you know any of the below have gone, please email william.mata@standard.co.uk... And if you are Banksy and fancy getting in touch, please use the same address!

Monk Family

Of the surviving works in London, among the most famous is the so-called Monk Family in Stoke Newington’s Church Street.

Yellow Flower

This larger work sprang up on Pollard Street in Bethnal Green in 2007, the flower emerging from double yellow lines painted on to the road.

Barbican mural

Look out for police patting down a devil-like figure, reminiscent of work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, which appeared in 2017.

Cash Machine Girl

Quite faded, but you can still see a little girl being lifted into a cash machine by robotic arm in Clerkenwell.

Boy Fishing

Look out for this faded mural of a boy off the southside Thames path.

The Velázquez mural (Reuters)
The Velázquez mural (Reuters)

Velázquez

Faded but not forgotten is this tribute to the Spanish baroque painter Diego Velázquez, which can still be seen on Portobello Road. This was obscured in 2008 but it resurfaced in 2019.

Old Cars

A weathered pink car can be seen at the Truman Brewery complex in Shoreditch alongside a newer but equally unroadworthy white one.

Policeman and poodle

Rivington Street in Shoreditch, near the Truman Brewery, has a policeman with a poodle in a “designated graffiti area”.

Shopping Woman Falling

A woman is seen falling from a building in Bruton Lane, Mayfair, while pushing a shopping trolley. This is a take on the phrase shop-till-you-drop.

Rats

Rodents are always bad news, but several rats are worth seeing in the form of Banksy’s earliest works. These are somewhat faded these days but the stencils can still be spotted around and about. See spots under Cannon Street railway bridge, beneath London Bridge, on Tonbridge Street in King’s Cross, and in Chiswell Street.

You may even see a rat sneezing on a Tube.