Today I want to bring you my guide to a Regent’s Canal walk in London. This is one of the most unique London walks, and it’s a great way to get to know some of the more local areas in the UK capital.

Regent's Canal Walk

Walks in London

This morning I realized that Sunday marked a big anniversary of when I quit my hedge fund job in San Francisco and began a new life in London.

It’s hard to believe that it has already been so many years since I moved to the UK. That said, looking back on the time I’ve been here, I feel like I’ve explored a lot of the city’s main attractions.

Boat on Regent's Canal in London

But there are still a few things I haven’t done. A couple months ago my friend Julia¬†was telling me that she had spent an afternoon walking along Regent’s Canal.

It was something I had heard about before, but had never tried. We decided to walk it together with one of our mutual friends, Natalie.

Of course, another month went by before the three of us found a date that we were all in town and had an afternoon free. But we did.

Canal Boat under a Bridge on Regent's Canal

Regent’s Canal Walk

Julia, Natalie, and I met at Warwick Avenue tube station in Maida Vale to start our Regent’s Canal walk from Little Venice to Camden.

The part of the Regent’s Canal towpath that we walked was only two miles, but in that stretch we saw many facets of the London landscape.

Cafe on Regent's Canal in London

Little Venice

In the beginning our Regent’s Canal walk was lined with barges in Little Venice. The boats are the English equivalent of house boats.

Most of their inhabitants were quirky in one way or another, decorating their homes in bright colors and leaving mysterious objects lying around outside.

Three Canal Boats Moored on Regent's Canal

Regent’s Park

As we approached the north end of Regent’s Park, the scene changed dramatically.

Away went the barges and along came the opulent homes of some of London’s wealthiest residents (or more likely well-heeled foreigners who visit once a year).

House in Regent's Park

Regent’s Canal Walk in the London Zoo

From there the landscape changed again, this time taking a more zoological tilt. We found ourselves walking right alongside the ZSL, or London Zoo.

The cages of many animals lined the canal, and as we strolled by we caught a glimpse of a peacock standing alone amid the squawking of its fellow birds in the aviary.

House on Regent's Canal in London

Moving on from the zoo, our Regent’s Canal walk reverted back to its original scene. Once again river barges hugged the banks, and we saw all kinds of amusing objects including semi-painted wooden clogs and bicycles in fancy dress.

Wooden Clogs

Camden

At the end of the row of boats we came to Camden. The area was bustling with its market and canal-side bars, one of which temped us to come inside.

It was good timing, as the rain started to pour just as we settled in for some post-walk mojitos.

Bridge over Regent's Canal in Camden

Regent’s Canal Towpath

Regent’s Canal runs through more of London than the stretch we walked that day, and I’m glad it does. It means there’s still more of London to be explored, and more to look forward to for my next anniversary and beyond.

Chinese Restaurant on Regent's Canal in London

Walks in London

If you’re interested in doing more of my London walks, the full list can be found in my London walking tours blog post.

There are further walks to be discovered in London’s Hidden Walks, too. You can get it here. There are additional ideas in my London walking books post as well.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy a Regent’s Canal walk in London of your own someday.

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3 Comments on Lady’s Regent’s Canal Walk

  1. I always cross over the canal but never walked along it. I’m going to do this next week. Thanks for the idea!

  2. PLEASE come and run the British Tourist Board as tourism is supposed to be our third biggest earner for the economy. I’ll get a note off to David first thing in the morning!

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