06/08/2012 12:38 BST

Giant Patriotic Graffiti Hits Busy London Street [PICTURES]

The whole country is feeling more British pride than usual lately. But just when you thought London couldn't get more patriotic, graffiti artist extraordinaire Mr Brainwash turns up and gives it a jingoistic spray can makeover of epic proportions.

Brainwash, aka Thierry Guetta, is a French street artist and protege of Banksy. And he's chosen to launch his first European UK solo show in the old sorting office - a giant building next to The British Museum on New Oxford Street.

The show opened on Sunday, and the public were welcomed in for free - the first 250 through the door receiving a signed and thumb printed limited edition print.

mr brainwash

The Queen takes over a central London building...with a spray can

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The show includes Brainwash's trademark giant murals, installations and other arty surprises - plus plenty of free posters and postcards for visitors. What a kind chap.

The question is, will the show meet up to the huge hype it's generated since it was announced earlier this summer? There's only one way to find out.

Furthermore, if the royals, icons of British fashion and other representations of national treasures fail to excite, you can always pop into the British Museum next door.

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