The last few days in London have been graced with glorious, warm sunshine. It’s such a rare thing around these parts that I think most Londoners are in shock, wandering around in barely-worn tank tops and shorts with sunnies of all shapes and styles shielding their eyes but not their gleeful grins. One of the best ways to experience London during weather like this is by wandering along the canals that snake through the city.
If you have access to borrow a dog for the day, I highly recommend it. This is Betty, she was our companion for this excursion. I wish I could claim her, but she’s not mine. I’m not that responsible.
Regent’s Canal was built in 1820 to transport timber, coal, and other supplies into and around London. The rise of railway transport during the same timeframe caused the economic value of the canals to dwindle until they were closed to shipping altogether in 1969. Fortunately, they’re still around today to connect walkers, joggers, boaters, and bikers through various neighborhoods in London for all to enjoy. This map shows their expansive reach from Little Venice to Camden to Regent’s Park.
We started our walk in Little Venice and finished at King’s Cross which is about a two hour journey. There are plenty of pubs, cafes, and parks to stop at along the canal if you fancy a rest (so British!).
I especially love the area around Camden where you walk through market food stalls and quirky shops. If you need a pub nearby Betty and I recommend BrewDog which is a five minute walk from the canal path into the Camden chaos, but so worth it for the craft beer selection.
If you’d rather take the easy route through the canals there are several boat companies which will carry you along the waterways instead. I have yet to try this but have heard good things about this company.
However you explore them, I hope you enjoy the canals as much as the locals. You can find more details on Regent’s Canal here. Happy summer!