Street Art Tour of London

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  • Duration

    - 2.5 hrs (approx)
  • Shoreditch

  • Capacity

    - 40 people per guide.
  • Advance bookings only
  • Dress

    - Its a walking tour, so wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Departs


    In front of Shoreditch High Street Railway Station Saturday @ 3pm
  • Meeting Location


    Shoreditch High Street Railway Station
  • Final Destination


    Dray Walk, Last Stop: - 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL

Description

Street Art Tour of London

The origin of graffiti is unknown. It has existed for thousands of years, the earliest known cave paintings date back 40,000 years! Graffiti on Roman ruins served as early advertisements for prostitution. Still considered a punishable crime in most parts of the world, graffiti today serves to express underlying social and political messages, especially dissent and rebellion against the status quo. A whole genre of artistic expression has blossomed on walls in cities all over the world, and graffiti is now a widely acknowledged art form, with the works of its famous artists, such as Banksy and Mr Brainwash, fetching pretty ridiculous prices at auction!

    The hipsters' haven of Shoreditch is where we'll find some of the most notable works of graffiti in London, so join us on the Graffiti Tour of London for a deep dive into the graffiti art world and some truly stunning works of art from artists like:

    • Banksy Pioneering England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique
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    • Shepard Fairey From humble beginnings as a defiant, skateboard-obsessed art student pasting homemade stickers, Shepard Fairey has developed into one of the most influential street artists of our time
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    • Space Invader Invader is a French urban artist who pastes up characters from and inspired by the 1978 arcade game
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    • Christian Guémy aka C215 A French street artist hailing from Paris who has been described as "France's answer to Banksy"
    • Ben Eine Flynn aka Eine The street artist who made it to the white house
    • Stik Stik paints stick figure-like people as street art
    • ROA Belgian street artist has created works on the streets of cities all over the world
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    • Os Gêmeos (Portuguese for The Twins) These identical twin brothers hail from São Paulo, Brazil
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    • Conor Harrington The Irishman's work is an incredibly successful collusion between fine art and street techniques.
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    • There is plenty more artistic inspiration and wonder to be experienced on this cool ass tour
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Reviews

Customer Reviews

Street Art Tour of London
By EJS70 on February 19, 2016
We did this tour via a Groupon offer. It was the second tour we've done with the company, the previous one being the Chocolate tour.
We met at Shoreditch station as advised and made sure we were there in plenty of time. The group was quite large and we had two guides to lead us round.
Even though there was a lot of us, Rob and John did a fantastic job keeping us all together and we had no problem hearing their explanations about the art they were showing us.
They were both really knowledgeable about the area, the artists and their work and it was a really interesting afternoon.
There is so much to see it was impossible to cover it all in the two hours - around every corner and on almost every wall is artwork, ranging from very small subtle pieces that it would be easy to miss, to large images covering the whole of the sides of some buildings.
We will definitely be going back on our own for another look around.
I'd recommend this particular tour and will definitely watch out for others that they arrange.
Graffiti/Street Art Tour
By cath5960 on February 18, 2016
We took this walking tour knowing very little about the genre.
Our guide was very personable and also audible! He gave us a lot of information in a short space of time. After viewing the first item I was already feeling well informed and curious about the culture and development of Street Art. Our Guide also told us extra bits of information about the history of the Shoreditch/Brick Lane area, and occasionally supported what he told us about the artists with some visual aids, and he did refer to a book if we wanted some further reading.
I should have liked an option to have a list of the artists names, so that I could look them up later on, but did take notes.
At the end of the tour he also offered us the chance for further questions and a chat if required.
We saw some fascinating works and came away impressed with some of the detail that the artists go to with their creations - use of fine brushes and ink. This isn't just a wild moment with a spray can. Also found out that some of the artists are actually commissioned by the local Authority to create works in certain places. It raised questions about Copyright and Ownership and how these people earn their money. Some Artists now have an income worth thousands of pounds. Totally fascinating. Suitable for all people, other than perhaps young children.
INSIGHT INTO STREET ART
By KROOPAK on February 18, 2016
The tour we went on was organised by Great British Tours and takes place at 3.00 p.m. from Shoreditch High St Station. We were in the hands of two lively and well informed young men. The tour lasted around 2 1/4 hours and covered a wide range of street art and artists. Both our guides were enthusiastic and amusing but took the group seriously in terms of safety and content of their presentations. If you like street art or are just curious, it's a must.
Street Art Tour with John
By Lauren H on February 18, 2016
Really, really enjoyable tour with some incredible pieces of art. Educational and a brilliant experience. would definitely go again. John was a brilliant tour guide, told us anything and everything he knew about each piece (which proved to be a lot!) and answered any questions we had the entire time and was very friendly, funny and polite. He also provided directions of how to get back to the train stations and main streets afterwards and went out of his way to be helpful which was most appreciated.
London Street Art
By Lookathat on February 18, 2016
Great tour, great guide.
This tour talks place around the fringes of the City of London, in Shoreditch and Brick Lane. The guide, John, was knowledgeable and had us well organised. The streets are narrow and congested but he guided us all (30) around safely and ensured we could all hear, and had time to take photos.
John discussed various aspects of street art, it's history, politics, economics and techniques, so I'm sure the tour would be of interest to a wide range of people.
I'd say that if you're looking for something to do that might be slightly out of your comfort zone, then this tour might be just the thing to open your eyes to something that currently you just skim past.
I know I'll look at this stuff through completely different eyes, and it's a whole new area of interest that I'll take with me on my travels elsewhere in the world.
Thanks for that John. Oh, and he's Scottish, with a great sense of humour too.
Street Art Tour with John
By Lauren H on February 17, 2016
Really, really enjoyable tour with some incredible pieces of art. Educational and a brilliant experience. would definitely go again. John was a brilliant tour guide, told us anything and everything he knew about each piece (which proved to be a lot!) and answered any questions we had the entire time and was very friendly, funny and polite. He also provided directions of how to get back to the train stations and main streets afterwards and went out of his way to be helpful which was most appreciated.
London Street Art
By Lookathat on February 17, 2016
Great tour, great guide.
This tour talks place around the fringes of the City of London, in Shoreditch and Brick Lane. The guide, John, was knowledgeable and had us well organised. The streets are narrow and congested but he guided us all (30) around safely and ensured we could all hear, and had time to take photos.
John discussed various aspects of street art, it's history, politics, economics and techniques, so I'm sure the tour would be of interest to a wide range of people.
I'd say that if you're looking for something to do that might be slightly out of your comfort zone, then this tour might be just the thing to open your eyes to something that currently you just skim past.
I know I'll look at this stuff through completely different eyes, and it's a whole new area of interest that I'll take with me on my travels elsewhere in the world.
Thanks for that John. Oh, and he's Scottish, with a great sense of humour too.
Great Street Art Tour of Shoreditch
By Jh43 on February 16, 2016
Very enjoyable and informative tour showing the varied and ever changing street art scene around Shoreditch. Eddie our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and gave us lots of information about the street artists themselves. Also a great way to explore the facinating area of Shoreditch.
Street Art Tour with John
By Lauren H on October 6, 2015
Really, really enjoyable tour with some incredible pieces of art. Educational and a brilliant experience. would definitely go again. John was a brilliant tour guide, told us anything and everything he knew about each piece (which proved to be a lot!) and answered any questions we had the entire time and was very friendly, funny and polite. He also provided directions of how to get back to the train stations and main streets afterwards and went out of his way to be helpful which was most appreciated.

Visited May 2015
Great Street Art Tour of Shoreditch
By Jh43 on October 5, 2015
Very enjoyable and informative tour showing the varied and ever changing street art scene around Shoreditch. Eddie our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and gave us lots of information about the street artists themselves. Also a great way to explore the facinating area of Shoreditch.
Street art tour
By Charley C on October 5, 2015
I attended a street art tour on 16th May. Rob and John were exceptional, funny and informative. I was really impressed with their extensive knowledge of street art. Will definitely attend more tours with this company again.
London Street Art
By Lookathat on October 5, 2015
Great tour, great guide.
This tour talks place around the fringes of the City of London, in Shoreditch and Brick Lane. The guide, John, was knowledgeable and had us well organised. The streets are narrow and congested but he guided us all (30) around safely and ensured we could all hear, and had time to take photos.
John discussed various aspects of street art, it's history, politics, economics and techniques, so I'm sure the tour would be of interest to a wide range of people.
I'd say that if you're looking for something to do that might be slightly out of your comfort zone, then this tour might be just the thing to open your eyes to something that currently you just skim past.
I know I'll look at this stuff through completely different eyes, and it's a whole new area of interest that I'll take with me on my travels elsewhere in the world.
Thanks for that John. Oh, and he's Scottish, with a great sense of humour too.
INSIGHT INTO STREET ART
By KROOPAK on October 3, 2015
The tour we went on was organised by Great British Tours and takes place at 3.00 p.m. from Shoreditch High St Station. We were in the hands of two lively and well informed young men. The tour lasted around 2 1/4 hours and covered a wide range of street art and artists. Both our guides were enthusiastic and amusing but took the group seriously in terms of safety and content of their presentations. If you like street art or are just curious, it's a must.
Graffiti/Street Art Tour
By cath5960 on October 3, 2015
We took this walking tour knowing very little about the genre.
Our guide was very personable and also audible! He gave us a lot of information in a short space of time. After viewing the first item I was already feeling well informed and curious about the culture and development of Street Art. Our Guide also told us extra bits of information about the history of the Shoreditch/Brick Lane area, and occasionally supported what he told us about the artists with some visual aids, and he did refer to a book if we wanted some further reading.
I should have liked an option to have a list of the artists names, so that I could look them up later on, but did take notes.
At the end of the tour he also offered us the chance for further questions and a chat if required.
We saw some fascinating works and came away impressed with some of the detail that the artists go to with their creations - use of fine brushes and ink. This isn't just a wild moment with a spray can. Also found out that some of the artists are actually commissioned by the local Authority to create works in certain places. It raised questions about Copyright and Ownership and how these people earn their money. Some Artists now have an income worth thousands of pounds. Totally fascinating. Suitable for all people, other than perhaps young children.

Visited March 2015
Street Art Tour of London
By EJS70 on October 3, 2015
We did this tour via a Groupon offer. It was the second tour we've done with the company, the previous one being the Chocolate tour.
We met at Shoreditch station as advised and made sure we were there in plenty of time. The group was quite large and we had two guides to lead us round.
Even though there was a lot of us, Rob and John did a fantastic job keeping us all together and we had no problem hearing their explanations about the art they were showing us.
They were both really knowledgeable about the area, the artists and their work and it was a really interesting afternoon.
There is so much to see it was impossible to cover it all in the two hours - around every corner and on almost every wall is artwork, ranging from very small subtle pieces that it would be easy to miss, to large images covering the whole of the sides of some buildings.
We will definitely be going back on our own for another look around.
I'd recommend this particular tour and will definitely watch out for others that they arrange.

Visited February 2015
A fascinating and eye-opening introduction to the street art of London's East End
By suzanne k on October 3, 2015
A very different (and exceptionally colorful) walking tour of Shoreditch and the graffiti and street art to be found on walls, streets, doors and doorways. Banksy may be the name most people know but the artists who have brightened Shoreditch with all sorts of images, some commissioned, some illegal are the new leading edge of this audacious and fabulous art form. Don't turn up your nose; open your mind and take this tour! Tour guide Gary was exceptionally knowledgeable and I would even consider taking the tour gain since the stuff we saw may already have been overpainted with art.
“Time Out's Graffiti Tour of London”
By ichael D (a TripAdvisor Member) on July 1, 2014
Used the Time Out app on my phone to look for interesting things to do. Found this tour almost by accident. Managed to pay for a voucher, then when downtown on Saturday confirmed the booking for that afternoon also by phone. Simple and convenient. Gill, our guide checked us all in on her phone so there were no awkward 'no printed confirmation' worries.

The Banksy was a disappointment as it (according to his own credo) is almost completely obliterated. The highlights were the political content of some,the sheer amount of graffiti in such a small area, the energy of most, and the bloke who popped up to tell us the history of the painting on the side wall of his shop. According to him, a memorial to his dad and his dad's mate who was in fact a friend of the artist.

2 and 3/4 hours well spent.

Thanks Gill.

Visited June 2014

From TripAdvisor
“Graffiti tour”
By Jackie H (a TripAdvisor Member) on May 31, 2014
We couldn't have asked for more. Our guide Gill was brimming over with information and patience. And her own enjoyment of everything that there was to see made all the difference to our own. We can thoroughly recommend this tour, and as street art changes, it deserves more than one visit. Jackie and Toni.

Visited May 2014

From TripAdvisor
“Shoreditch Graffiti Tour 25 April”
By AmCanLondon (a TripAdvisor Member) on May 1, 2014
My daughter and I went on the Shoreditch Graffiti Tour. We had a great time and our guide was knowledgeable - very willing to answer our every question. He clearly loved the subject and had respect for the artists. My only suggestion - it should be renamed the Shoreditch Street Art tour. The work was so good and the artists were talented and inventive.

Visited April 2014

From TripAdvisor
“Shoreditch Street Art/Graffiti Walk”
By Peter S (a TripAdvisor Member) on May 1, 2014
My wife and I (both 60+) joined the walk led by Gill a the start of April not knowing quite what to expect. What we got was a fascinating insight into a branch of art we had never really acknowledged before. Gill knowledge and obvious enthusiasm for her subject was infectious and whilst she was understandably upset when wanting to show us something only to find it had been painted over she was able to change direction effortlessly. The two and a half hours flew by and we only really began to realise how our perspective had been changed when the following day on a bus we spotted a ‘Stick’ figure which we had previously passed but never realised what were we looking at.

Visited April 2014

From TripAdvisor
“Fun Day Out!”
By cizzy123 (a TripAdvisor Member) on May 1, 2014
The graffiti tour with Gill was highly interesting! I knew nothing about street art before the tour but Gill made it very interesting and accessible. As a tour guide she was extremely knowledgeable and approachable, continually asking if we had any questions / opinions. Where some people in the group knew about street art, she was very interested in learning more.
Overall, this tour is definitely value for money and made me look at graffiti / street art in a whole new light!

From TripAdvisor
“Shoreditch Graffiti / Street Art Tour with Gill”
By GolspieGold (a TripAdvisor Member) on May 1, 2014
Gill was a knowledgeable and interesting guide, with lots of interesting info. about the graffiti and street art we were viewing.
Good banter with the walkers and the locals.
Thank you - I enjoyed the tour very much.



From TripAdvisor
“Great British Tours Shoreditch Graffiti Tour”
By N10er (a TripAdvisor Member) on March 31, 2014
I booked the 2 hour walking tour through Time Out as a Birthday present for my husband. The two friendly guides from Yorkshire ensured that the tour was informative and entertaining. They were knowledgeable about the areas street art history and contextual background, The sunny, mild March weather helped. I'm a North Londoner and really enjoyed exploring a part of my home city which is changing really fast. It held the interest of my children aged 12 and 16, initially reluctant participants but who thought the whole experience was really cool!

Visited March 2014

From TripAdvisor
“Graffiti walking tour in Shoreditch”
By Goolia2772 (a TripAdvisor member) on March 31, 2014
I booked this as a Xmas present for my boyfriend as he's a big fan of street art, in particular Banksy. We were not disappointed. Our guide john was very knowledgeable and gave us plenty of background information on each of the artists and the piece of work. The slight downside is that if you are in a group getting on for near 30 people it gets quite difficult to get some decent photos without getting left behind. If you are a keen photographer like myself, be prepared to shoot and run, watch out for moving traffic and be warned that no-one seems to have any photo etiquette on these tours so be ready to fight for your shot. I was and got some amazing photos!

Visited March 2014

From TripAdvisor
“Afternoon well spent! ”
By Derbyda (a TripAdvisor Member) on March 4, 2014
Recently I went on a street- art walking tour with my wife and children and we all had a great time. Brick lane has been an area I've been meaning to visit for years and the art work there was great. The tour guide Frankie was friendly and got some brilliant pictures , to compare with other bits of work I've seen around the world

From TripAdvisor
“Graffiti Tour - Shoreditch”
By Angel-of-Darkness (a TripAdvisor Member) on March 4, 2014
Great tour of the Shoreditch and Brick Lane area, plenty of graffiti/street art to be seen and some history to be heard. Our guide Gill was really friendly, knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting, relaxed and professional. The tour is suitable for all ages and was very cool.

Visited February 2014

From TripAdvisor
The Scots are the best!
By Isabella on March 4, 2014
Hi everyone! I definitely recommend this tour and if you can, get John the Scottish guy to take you around. He was absolutely great! not only extremely knowledgable but also fun and full of small interesting anecdotes. He took us around and showed us amazing pieces of this wonderful art that is graffiti for more than 2h which passed by as a heart bit. I wish there was a way to know when he will be doing this tour again as I would love to take my other Italian friends along.
Cheers!
Good Stuff
By Jack B and co on February 24, 2014
Frankie from the North of England was our tour guide and made the tour for us.
We learned a lot about graffiti artists and styles and Frankie knew a great deal on the subject and was full of enthusiasum and humour. I would go on more walking tours if they were all like this.
One of the best StreetArt tours ive been on
By Martin (Southampton) on February 22, 2014
i took the Street Art tour yesterday and i have to say that without a doubt it was one of the best art tours i have ever been on including gallery exhibitions. Our guide not only had a knowledge of the artists and their work but he also showed a true interest in what we were being shown, which is rare when on organised tours.
i will definitely take this tour again with my son in the summer, any fan of graffiti/urban art should take this tour.
A new world
By Jenny Lambert on February 16, 2014
I shall look at Graffiti with a new eye now. An excellent tour with an excellent guide. John spoke clearly and made eye contact (which is lacking in so many guides), he gave everyone on the tour time to take photos and time to catch up for those not so nimble! I consider I learnt a lot on this tour and will continue to praise it to all I meet. Well done!
“It was a brilliant day despite the weather!”
By Omarxt (a TripAdvisor Member) on February 5, 2014
Had a great day out on the graffiti tour last Friday. Our tour guide Frankie was funny and extremely knowledgeable which led to a few "ahhh" moments on our part Would highly recommend the tour to friends (provided they bring a brolly)!

Visited January 2014
“Graffiti Tour of London”
By Michaela C (a TripAdvisor Member) on February 1, 2014
This was a walking tour around the Shoreditch, Brick Lane area. Our guide (John from Edinburgh ?) was excellent. His voice was clear and articulate, he knew historical facts about the area as well as knowing where to find some great examples of street art. He guided us through the specific details of some of the artists techniques as well as telling us about the particlar artists, their personal style, history and "tags". The area is bustling and vibrant in it's own right, but John managed to keep us all together and there was even time for photographs. So despite the hailstorm, thunder and lightning, it was a fantastic experience.


Visited January 2014

From TripAdvisor
“Amazing street art”
By Donna U (a TripAdvisor Member) on February 1, 2014
A chance to see some amazing street art in London. Worth a visit if you're looking for something a little bit different.

Visited January 2014

A TripAdvisor
The worst service EVER from a tour company
By Maria I on January 30, 2014
I booked the grafitti tour and was assured that the tour is done come rain or shine, literally.
When I show up for my tour, no tour guide to be seen! I call the Contact Us number thinking that I was probably at the wrong meeting point, and after talking to a lady that had no idea what she was doing (and 4 minutes on hold), I was told that they had called me and left me a voicemail to say that the tour had been cancelled. No missed calls, no text, no voicemail and no email. Nothing whatsoever. It was clear that the lady over the phone was lying and had no idea what to say, because I had had my phone with me the whole day and if you miss a call from someone for not having signal, you get an alert text from your Phone Carrier.
They did not think about an email, or a text. Nothing!!!!
When I told the lady that I wanted some solution, she kept saying sorry and offered no way of solving the issue. I asked the for a refund, given the fact that I had only booked because a friend was coming from overseas and this was something that she could not go without seeing; the lady said that I had to call groupon myself (I had bought a Groupon voucher), and solve the issue.
When I asked to be transferred to a manager, she as well could not handle the request and asked me for all my details to have someone call me back.
I wonder, if she swears that they called me and left me a voicemail, shouldn't they have my phone number in my booking????
NEVER AGAIN! Do not book with these people!!
“Grafitti Tour, London”
By Faymur (a TripAdvisor Member) on January 4, 2014
I booked with a friend to go on the grafitti tour around Shoreditch area of London. An area that neither of us had really explored but were excited to. In the end we were definitely not disappointed- we were the only ones on the tour and we had the delight of Frankie the tour guide to take us around he was so lovely and gave us loads of time to take photos and take in all the sights. Such good value for money and much more fun than finding the artwork ourselves :)

Visited November 2013
“Great Graffiti Tour”
By Sam P (a TripAdvisor Member) on December 28, 2013
I loved this tour! I went just a week ago and it has really opened up my eyes to notice all the great street art around us! The tour guide Shuang, was really knowledgable and informative and very friendly. She kept us engaged the whole time and we learnt a lot in the 2 hours that we had. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!

Visited November 2013

From TripAdvisor
Street Art
By Anti on December 10, 2013
I am a simple curios person about street art.
i did this tour about 1 month ago and was great. I am more than happy to suggest to everybody to do it . Was emotional and interesting, the guide was friendly, funny and very professional.
Vote : 5 star :)

Shoreditch graffiti tour
By Nick Henson on December 1, 2013
I never knew anything about graffiti before I went on the tour, but the introductory talk was good and put it into context. Previously I had always it was just vandalism.
Living in Tower Hamlets I knew the areas pretty well, but I can honestly say I had walked past much of the street art hardly noticing and certainly not appreciating it.
I was really surprised in the frequency in which the art changes as one artist just paints over the work of another artist. There are many examples where one artist has complimented another by incorporated the original into his adjacent work.
I will definitely spend more time visiting the area as it is living art and constantly changing. And I will do the tour again to find out more.
“Shoreditch Graffiti tour with John”
By Corneuters (a TripAdvisor Member) on October 6, 2013
I went on this tour two, maybe three weeks ago and have been meaning to write a review ever since. But after I was able to identify a piece by ROA on the Badger hunt in a magazine, I realised that the tour elevated me from a casual observer of graffiti to having an active interest with sufficient knowledge to discern my Banksy from my Stick Man. Because of the tour I now have a greater appreciation for the skill it takes to create some of these masterpieces (look up AKA Jimmy C if you don't think some are masterpieces - better yet, go on the tour!) as well as understanding the history and background of Graffiti. John (our tour guide) obviously knows his graffiti, the history and the artists and their techniques and where to find the best works in a single afternoon! He obviously has a deep appreciation for graffiti and his enthusiasm (and random local knowledge) made this a most enjoyable and relaxing afternoon, one I am happy to repeat with friends.


Visited August 2013

From TripAdvisor
Awesome tour
By Helen on August 22, 2013
I loved this tour. So much so, I want to do it again. The guide (Jon?) was really knowledgable and brought the city to life. The street art was amazing and ranged widely in style so there was something of interest for everyone. The back streets of Shoreditch/Bethnal Green are very interesting and other bits of history are dropped into the tour so you learn a lot. Brilliant stuff.
Complete Rip Off
By Charles on August 11, 2013
Booked this tour via amazon and was a complete waste of time and money. Firstly its called a graffiti tour but all we saw was street art. Secondly the guide knew nothing about street art or the difference between street art and graffiti, its history, its context just a list artists. W saw new pieces but he couldn't tell us who they we by, he obviously doesn't spend time in the area or have an interest outside of his job. We then saw another street art tour and the guide was giving completely different info to what ewe'd heatred. We asked what tour the others were on and it turns out it was being led by a, well known street artist who knew his stuff. Don't make the mistake we made, do your research, there's good tours out there. This isn't one of them.
Graffiti
By Sarah on July 26, 2013
We liked it very much. Great tour. Will go again with visiting friends.

To make it even better additional background information of graffiti artists would be great.

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