The birds are singing, the sun is peering through the clouds and the temperature is going up. Spring has arrived! What is a better way to enjoy the lovely weather than taking a relaxing stroll through London? And then I’m not talking about the busy West End, or the Southbank, but about a route that is set a bit more up north. Let me introduce to you: the perfect London Walk along the Regent’s Canal:
Regent’s Canal is a canal that runs from Paddington Basin in the north-west, to Limehouse Basin in the south-east. The canal is in total 13.8 kilometers (8.6 miles long). I’ve to admit that I haven’t walked the entire towpath. However, the route from Little Venice to King’s Cross is a fun one to take.
On your way, you will pass tons of the typical canal narrowboats, as well as beautiful mansions and Regent’s Park, Here, you will find London Zoo. A bit further down the route is Camden Market. And if you’re lucky, you can visit London’s very own bookshop that’s located on a boat: Word on the Water. The boat has been spotted on the canal at King’s Cross. However, as it is a boat, it might move around!
Make sure to leave the waterside for a few minutes to walk up to Primrose Hill, to grab a cuppa at the Boathouse Cafe at Regent’s Park, and to visit quirky Camden Market.
Camden Market is actually the name of a collection of large retail markets, selling clothes, furniture, and vintage. It is also a favorite among foodies. Food from all around the world can be found here. My favorite of the markets are the Stables, which are located – hence the name – in former horse stables. You easily get lost in the catacombs and the sight of bronze statues of horses and blacksmiths are a constant reminder that this used to be a horse hospital. Camden is a well-known area for all kinds of (live) music events, so it is a great place for a night out.
If you want to know more about London’s canals and the narrowboats, then visit the London Canal Museum at King’s Cross. The museum will tell you all about the history of the city’s waterways, and about the horses who pulled the workers’ boats.
You can easily spend an entire day walking around and exploring with this route. At least, that’s what I always do! Time flies along the canal.
Duration: Without stops, this walking route takes 1 hour and 20 minutes (6.4 km/4 miles)
Start: Warwick Avenue tube station
End: King’s Cross tube and train station