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London Canal Walk – Regent’s Canal

Self-guided walk Regent’s Canal

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:

regents canal boat camden

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.

Regent's Canal

London Zoo

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!

Regent's Canal
Regent's Canal
Regent’s Canal

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.

Regent’s Canal runs right between the two parts of the London Zoo

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.

Approaching Camden Market

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.

It’s almost the weekend! A great time to go out on a traditional canal boat on Regent’s Canal

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.

Graffiti art along the Regent’s Canal
Regent's Canal
‘Floating’ Chinese restaurant, Camden

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



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4 Thoughts on London Canal Walk – Regent’s Canal
    10 Mar 2015

    Such pretty photos! Makes me want to go back to London 🙂

      11 Mar 2015

      Thank you so much 🙂 Pictures always have that effect on me too!

    12 Mar 2015

    Awesome photos.

      12 Mar 2015

      Thank you very much for your kind words!

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