London Canals Private Walking Tour

London Canals Private Walking Tour

Before cars and even trains, London was a canal city like many in Britain were.

Then as now, one of the best things about canals is that it takes you away from the noise and chaos of the busy streets and opens up areas that you couldn’t reach otherwise. In fact you’d never even know you were in the middle of London.

Canals are enjoying a huge resurgence for social and leisure activities and we will see plenty of boats, some even converted into book shops, cafes or even a barbers. Some are used as homes, moored up on the towpath whilst others chug merrily along going about their slow and peaceful business.

This private 3 hour walking tour will reveal a side to London that most never get to see. Away from the hustle and bustle of the busy street, this walk combines area of almost rural beauty and tranquility, modern cafe culture and incredible areas of urban renewal in a way only London can do.
* Duration: 3 hours
* Starts: Greater London, United Kingdom
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Historical & Heritage Tours




Before cars and even trains, London was a canal city like many in Britain were.

Then as now, one of the best things about canals is that it takes you away from the noise and chaos of the busy streets and opens up areas that you couldn’t reach otherwise. In fact you’d never even know you were in the middle of London.

Canals are enjoying a huge resurgence for social and leisure activities and we will see plenty of boats, some even converted into book shops, cafes or even a barbers. Some are used as homes, moored up on the towpath whilst others chug merrily along going about their slow and peaceful business.

This private 3 hour walking tour will reveal a side to London that most never get to see. Away from the hustle and bustle of the busy street, this walk combines area of almost rural beauty and tranquility, modern cafe culture and incredible areas of urban renewal in a way only London can do.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Paddington Basin, Paddington 2 Eastbourne Terrace, London W2 6LG England

These were but to almost be like the western docks of London. Now redeveloped for business and leisure with possibly the only folding bridge in the world. We start along the famous Grand Union Canal.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Little Venice, Regent’s park, London W2 1TH England

Little Venice is truly serene and beautiful and is where we will leave the Grand Union Canal and head off on Regents Canal.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Regent’s Canal, 42 Blomfield Road, London W9 2PF England

Regents Canal, built to connect the River Thames and the docks tot he canal network that linked London to the great cities of the north.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: ZSL London Zoo, Regents Park Outer Circle, London NW1 4RY England

We walk right past the aviary and you never know when you might catch a glimpse of a giraffe or camel!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Camden Market, 54-56 Camden Lock Pl, London NW1 8AF, UK

Camden Lock is one of few parts of the walk where it is remotely busy. Once an industrial area, now it is buzzing with cafes and restaurants

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Camden Market The Stables, 842 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8BF, UK

The Stables Market, now a funky shopping destination but originally it housed the horses who worked the canals before the invention of boat engines.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: MTV Studios, Prod Mgt Mtv UK, 17-29 Hawley Cres, London NW1 8TT, UK

From the canal side we will see MTV Studios and those relating to Viacom and others. Everyone loves the views and life around the canal.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Chester Road Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NR England

The canal passes through leafy Regents Park and some of the finest private homes in this part of London.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Gasholder Park, London N1C 4AB, UK

This ‘little’ park is built into an old giant gas holder. It is a good mix of the old and new that typifies this part of the canal.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Granary Square, 4 Stable Street, London N1C 4AB England

Another old industrial area that had found new life as one Londons newest and largest squares or plazas.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, London N1C 4DQ England

Right next to the canal, this district used to be where the coal was stored for the nearby train stations. In the last year or so it has had millions spent on it to re-open as a hidden but high-end shopping destination.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Word On The Water – The London Bookbarge, Regent’s Canal Towpath, London N1C 4LW, UK

My favourite of all the barges on the canal. A boat that is also a really rather good bookshop.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Kings Place 90 York Way, London N1 9AG England

Kings Place is a hub for music, art, dialogue and food in London’s Kings Cross

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: London Canal Museum, 12/13 New Wharf Rd, London N1 9RT, UK

A museum dedicated to London and British canals and all housed in a Victorian Ice storage facility that was used to bring in ice from Norway.

Duration: 45 minutes