Make the most of the canals with this roundup of some of the best ones in the capital.
There’s nothing like being by the water but when you live in London, that’s sadly not be a daily possibility. Use our handy guide on some of the best spots to catch along your walks so you can make a day of your inevitable canal crawl.
1. Hackney Wick
Okay so Hackney doesn’t technically have it’s very own canal but Regent’s Canal takes up a lot of space, okay. One of the places it goes through is Hackney, which is home to its fair share of eclectic waterside bars and hip hangouts. We recommend Crate Brewery because any place that does hand rolled pizza and craft beers has got our nod of approval. If you’re looking for a more relaxed weekend brunch affair, then we’d definitely opt for a trip to Grow where you can much on vegan meze or a good ole cheeseburger.
2. Victoria Park
Another one that the Regent’s Canal snakes through but this one is in one of the prettiest parks in the capital. Spend a Sunday strolling through their farmer’s market and then amble along the towpath (that leads you past some enviably pretty apartments so damn you rent prices) and out to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Here you can be brave and tackle the ArcelorMittal Orbit or spend all that money you really don’t have in nearby Westfield.
3. Here East
So this new Canalside has seemed to slip under the radar but being home to new shops, eateries and event spaces means Here East will soon be a destination for every east Londoner. American breakfast connoisseurs The Breakfast Club have already set up shop along with lipsmackingly good Randy’s Wing Bar, who serves up some of the tastiest buffalo wings and loaded fries this side of the river. There’s also a craft beer bar and Mother juice bar if all that walking gets you thirsty.
4. Camden Lock
Obviously Camden was going to get a shout out (and not just because our offices are here) but because the Lock itself is pretty impressive and Camden is home to some very cool things. We’ve written about all the yummy food and other things you can see round here but take a stroll along the towpath and end up at nearby Regent’s Park for the perfect location to relax in the sunshine.
5. Little Venice
If you’re looking for a cute waterway lined with even cuter barges and narrowboat cruises then Little Venice is your place. Prepare to walk along and wonder how anyone could live in such a confined space or alternatively, catch a comedy show at Canal Café Theatre or some good pub grub at the below Bridge House.
Angel is lovely and even lovelier at the weekends when you have the time to make your way round the markets, cafés and bars that are all on offer in this pretty part of Islington. The canal itself winds back round to Camden if you feel like a proper day out but there’s plenty of things to do in this neck of the woods. We recommend a trip to Indian Veg for an all-you-can-eat veggie buffet of epic proportions or catch a show at nearby Sadler’s Wells.
7. Limehouse Cut
This is London’s oldest canal and runs alongside a recently regenerated part of east London. This walk is for those who actually want to do more of the, you know, walking side of it all. There aren’t any trendy eateries or bars that line the sides of this canal but rather, have impressive woodlands and historical buildings to gaze at. Walk along the waterway, snap some pictures of the colourful boats and hey, why not feed some of the ducks whilst you’re being at one with nature.
8. King’s Cross
The canal here is lined with some pretty impressive turf-covered seats so makes for a perfect summertime destination. Take in the canal and the impressive Granary Square alongside it where you can run through water fountains and feel like a kid again. Or pop into nearby Granger & Co. for some crazily fluffy ricotta hotcakes that make for perfect weekend brunching material.
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