The Bermondsey Tank


A Russian T34 Tank in Bermondsey, Sarf London.

On the corner of Mandela Way, a small residential area near Southwark, lies Stompie. A Russian T34 Tank. The legend goes that it is owned by a local artist called Russell Gray who was disallowed planning permission for the land on which it now lies. He was given permission to however put a tank on the plot of land. The council believing this to be of the septic kind, not the kind with caterpillar tracks and a massive gun. Which is incidentally believed to be pointing at the local council offices.

The tank has gone though a few paint jobs from bright pink, to swirly patterns to now being decorated as a Chicago taxi cab. I preferred the previous paint jobs to this latest one but sadly never got to visit Stompie until recently.

If you live in London or are visiting and plan on seeing some of the ‘other’ attractions the city has to offer this is definitely worth a look.

written by kernow_and_cambria on 2009-10-06 in #world #locations #russian #t34 #yellow #graffiti #tank #soviet #lc-a #london #taxi #holga #cab #art


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Yaa ! Great gallery ! Of a tank in London ! So cool !

  2. hansie14
    hansie14 ·

    I should defs go visit this since I live just round the corner from it! Tis a coolio landmark!

  3. hansie14
    hansie14 ·

    Oh, and I love love love the first shot here.

  4. simon-hedge
    simon-hedge ·

    Great article. I'll pay it a visit if I'm ever round that way.

  5. glenn
    glenn ·


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