Rat Bar Opening Under Waterloo Station by admin on June 15, 2018

With the launch of The Cans Festival, organised by Banksy in 2008, the artist was instrumental in popularising the ‘Graffiti Tunnel’ on Leake Street, underneath Waterloo station. Featuring London’s largest legal graffiti wall, Leake Street has since become renowned as a democratic cultural venue for street art.

Ten years later, Rat Bar will open on Leake Street this weekend (Saturday 16th June), embracing the history and heritage of the area. The brainchild of creative events agency, Shout About London, Rat Bar promises to showcase local and international talent through unique art installations and weekly live music sessions, exclusively hosting an original restored Banksy artwork – ‘Giant Rat’.

Previously unseen in London, ‘Giant Rat’ appeared on the side of the derelict White House pub in 2004 as a Liverpool Biennial artwork. The original mural covered the three-storey building’s ground and first floors, depicting a giant rat holding a ‘graffiti’ marker pen emblazoned with the word ‘Banksy’ on it. In 2013, the artwork was extensively salvaged by an expert team of six. Remaining the property of concierge brand Sincura, this is reported to be the longest, most expensive Banksy restoration to date. In addition to Banksy’s ‘Giant Rat’, Rat Bar also features specially commissioned artworks from Gary Alford, famed for his work with Wu-Tang Clan.

 

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