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Explore London’s Canals on Land or on Water


When you hear “London” you probably think of Buckingham Palace, The London Eye and Big Ben. However, while those are certainly worth a visit, there are plenty of other parts of the city to explore.

One of these areas is the network of London canals, which offer an insight into the city and its history, as well as some beautiful scenery and sights. Whether you want to explore on foot, try your hand at kayaking or rent a canal boat, London has it all. Here are some different options for exploring London’s canals, both on land and on water. 

Go Kayaking along London’s Canals 

If you fancy doing something a bit different, consider hiring a kayak or canoe to explore the canal up close and personal. Moo Canoes offer canoe and kayak hire on the network of London canals, as well as kayak tours along the River Thames, which are led by an experienced coach. Moo Canoes’ tours are suitable for all skill levels, so you don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to give them a try!

a boat traveling down a river


Canal Walk from Little Venice to Camden  

If you fancy a canal-side stroll next time you’re in London, the two-mile route from Little Venice to Camden offers plenty of gorgeous sights, including Regent’s Canal. Starting in picturesque Little Venice, you’ll see boats moored on the water, along with the charming white stucco houses the area is known for. Follow the route past the famous Regent’s Park, before catching sight of the historic “Blow Up Bridge” and even a quick glimpse of London Zoo. The canal-side walk ends in Camden, a trendy London market town filled with colour, music and art. 

a small boat in a body of water


Take a Narrowboat Cruise along Regent’s Canal  

Want to take in the sights along Regent’s Canal but don’t fancy the walk? Canal and River Cruises Ltd have got you covered, with their traditional canal boat trips around London. Hop aboard and enjoy the views, as your expert crew take you across the water. The two-hour route will follow the canal through Maida Vale, Regent’s Park and London Zoo, before heading back after reaching Camden Market Lock. 

a bridge over a river in a city


Canal Walk from King’s Cross to Hackney   

If you’re keen to try one of the canal walks starting in central London, the route from King’s Cross to Hackney is a great choice. Walking along Regent’s Canal, you’ll pass the famous River Thames, as well as Paddington and Camden. With moored boats, nature reserves and historical buildings, there are plenty of sights and scenes to see along the way. The walk is approximately 3.5 miles, so consider grabbing a bite to eat in town, or enjoying a picnic in Regent’s Park before setting off for your canal-side walk through London.

If you’re looking into canal boat hire in London to check out some of the city’s most renowned features, why not book yourself a train ticket to get there with Southern today?


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