Next time you find yourself a feeling a little overwhelmed by London’s hectic streets as you make your way between landmarks, why not consider taking a walk along the famous Regent’s Canal to get from A to B?
The city’s waterways once provided a vital transport network that enabled traders to move goods around the city and out towards the Thames Estuary, although these days the canals tend to be used only by narrow barges.
Regent’s Canal runs from east to west, and connects many of London’s most popular tourist areas, so strolling along its bank is a great way to get around without having to deal with the maddening crowds and traffic.
Start your journey in Victoria Park, one of the capital’s most picturesque green spaces, before beginning your walk westwards along the canal.
Within a few minutes you’ll reach Broadway Market, which is great for visiting on weekends when the entire street becomes awash with traders selling all manner of artisan food and other fares. Antiques, books and vintage clothes can all be bought here, while London Fields is just a few minutes away as well.
Continuing along Regent’s Canal, you’ll soon come to Kingsland Road, which runs from Dalston to Old Street, passing through Haggerston and Hoxton. Generally considered to be one of London’s most vibrant quarters, this part of the city is full of lively bars, restaurants and shops, and is always worth a visit.
Further west are Islington and Camden, with the latter being extremely popular among both tourists and locals. The Stables Market, for example, is one of London’s busiest and most iconic shopping areas, with all manner of quirky items on sale here. Camden is also known for its many bars and pubs, and is among the city’s top nightlife districts.
From here it’s just a short walk along the canal to Regent’s Park, with the waterway itself passing behind the aviary of London Zoo, which is housed within the park.
So, if you ever find yourself stuck for something to do in the capital, a walk along this famous canal should provide plenty of inspiration.