Regent’s Canal to London Docklands

Hoxton Docks

Regent’s Canal was London’s main thoroughfare for heavy freight from the 1820’s – used by horse-drawn barges taking goods from sea-faring vessels on the River Thames into mainland England.   It stretches 13.5 km from Little Venice in the west of London to Limehouse Basin in the east, today’s Docklands.   The canal drops around 30 metres on its course east, through five locks, passing through Regent’s Park, London Zoo, Camden Lock, St. Pancras and King’s Cross, Hoxton and Mile End.   On fine days, London’s relaxed outdoor drinking rules make for a cheerful and bohemian atmosphere on its banks!      It’s a unique and eye-opening way to see the sights, mix with Londoners and appreciate London’s industrial heritage.   Cycling, with pedestrian priority, is permitted along its entire length.   Here are some photographs, starting at Little Venice.

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Regent’s Canal heads east, from Little Venice, along Maida Avenue
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Lisson Grove Mooring
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Heading north east around Regent’ Park

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Veneto Villa
Veneto Villa
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Curving north east around Regent’s Park, with Macclesfield Bridge
Canoeing is permitted with a licence from British Canoeing
Canoeing on the canal is permitted with a licence from British Canoeing

 

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Victorian wrought iron and brick road bridge

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Gloucester Avenue
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Approaching Camden Lock, The Pirate Castle
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Victorian industrial heritage at Camden Lock
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Camden Lock

 

 

Camden Lock
Camden High Street
Kentish Town Lock
Kentish Town Lock

 

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Gasholder Park, King’s Cross. Residences built within the structure of a gasometer
St Pancras Basin
St Pancras Basin

 

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St Pancras Lock and the lockeeper’s cottage.  All the locks are still operational.
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Residents wine tasting
Hoxton Docks
Hoxton Docks

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Acton's Lock
Acton’s Lock
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The Cat & Mutton Bridge, Hackey

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Buskers at Victoria Park
Buskers at Victoria Park
Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green
Old Ford Lock, South Hackney
Old Ford Lock, South Hackney
Mile End
Mile End
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Regent’s Canal emerges into Limehouse Basin in London’s docklands, in the east
Limehouse Basin
Limehouse Basin
St Anne's Church, Limehouse
Limehouse Cut and St Anne’s Church, Limehouse

 

Regent's Canal emerges into the River Thames, with the financial district, Canary Wharf, to the east
Regent’s Canal emerges into the River Thames with the financial district, Canary Wharf, to the east

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