Boating on a canal is not something most of us associate with a visit to London, but one of the city’s best-kept secrets is Regent’s Canal. A journey along the canal by historical narrowboat is a treat not to be missed.
The most popular route extends from the Little Venice basin in Maida Vale, through Regent’s Park to Camden Lock a journey of approximately 45 minutes. You can choose which direction you wish to travel or fully indulge in a return journey (recommended).
Browning’s Pool, famous for its association with the English poet Robert Browning, is located in the section known as ‘Little Venice’.
Since 1951 Jason’s Tours has been conducting tours in an authentic 108 year old narrow boat ‘Jason’ that has been converted to carry passengers. The pace is slow and offers plentiful rewards. Discover the the fascinating history of the canal provided by a lively commentary.
Along the way you pass by London Zoo where the giant Snowdon Aviary comes into full view.
Grand houses appear through cascading willows, their gardens and lawns spilling down to the canal.
Glimpses of Primrose Hill slip into view adding another perspective to this special area.
Bridges and tunnels are extra attractions. The Maida Hill Tunnel was built nearly 200 years ago and is 272 yards long.
A fascinating collection of boats is moored either side of the canal, providing permanent homes for many.
Cyclists and pedestrians make use of the pathways that extend along the canal’s towpath once used by the the horses which towed the narrow boats in the 19th and 20th centuries.
This is a leisurely way to enjoy an historical aspect of London and has you wondering whether you are actually right in the heart of one of the world’s most bustling cities.
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