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This post provides information about some of the most interesting things to see along Regent’s Canal as you walk from Little Venice to Camden.

We will also include details about the history of this location and notable sites between the two neighbourhoods.


Overview

Regent’s Canal extends throughout the city of London, and there are a lot of notable sites to see in the area. The canal was named after Prince Regent, who would later become King George IV.

The canal runs from the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal to the Limehouse Basin and River Thames.

Situated just north of Central London, this is a great way to see both historic neighbourhoods and popular attractions across the city.

Our tour will take you from Little Venice to Camden, and we will cover several notable locations along the way.

Whether you decide to walk with us, rent a bike, or take a boat, this outing is a great way to discover another side of London.


How Long is the Walk?

The walk from Little Venice to (map) Camden will take around 1 hour depending on how quickly you walk and whether or not you choose to stop and see some of the sites.

The entire length of Regent’s Canal is 8.6 miles (14 km), but our walk will not cover the whole distance.

Our journey is only around 2 miles in length, and we recommend bringing some water for the walk to keep hydrated.

If you wanted to walk the entire length of the canal, you could expect the journey to take around 3 hours.


What to See Along the Way

There are a lot of interesting landmarks, attractions, parks, and historical sites along Regent’s Canal. 

Here are some of the more notable locations we visit on our walking tour from Little Venice to Camden.


Little Venice

This is an area just north of central London. The reason it has been given the name Little Venice is due to its location next to Regent’s Canal and the Grand Union Canal.

Much like Venice, this area is teeming with boats that take tourists and locals down the canal. There are also a lot of great pubs in the area, as well as historic sites to see.

For more advice on what to see in this area, check our post covering Things to Do in Little Venice. You can also take our tour of Little Venice for even more details!


From Edgeware Road to Crocker’s Folly

Our tour begins on Edgeware Road and leads down Aberdeen Place until we reach the path which takes you past Maida Hill Tunnel and along Regent’s Canal.

One of the most notable sites in this area is Crocker’s Folly, a Victorian-era pub with great cocktails and food.

Little Venice is a great place to see architecture from the Victorian era in London because it was left relatively untouched during WW2.

Many of the features of buildings in this neighbourhood remain intact.


Regent’s Park and Villa Row

As you follow the path along Regent’s Canal, you’ll eventually find the water winding its way through the northern end of Regent’s Park.

There were multiple villas built in Regent’s Park, and as a result, this area has become known as Villa Row.

a beautiful villa along a canal

We cover some of these villas in a lot of detail during our walking tour from Little Venice to Camden.

We also have a post on things to see and do in Regent's Park as well as a walking tour video of the park in the post.


Macclesfield Bridge

Located in Regent’s Park, this landmark is most well-known for a rather explosive moment in London’s history.

On October 2nd, 1874, a barge transporting sugar, nuts, petroleum and five tons of gunpowder caught on fire and exploded as it went under the Macclesfield Bridge.

a Victorian era bridge over a canal

The crew was killed and the bridge was destroyed. Windows in buildings a mile away were blown out merely from the sound of the explosion!

The explosion was so loud that it destroyed the nearby house of the renowned Victorian artist, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.


London Zoo

This is one of the best family-friendly attractions in the entire city and it’s located right alongside Regent’s Canal. 

London Zoo is the oldest scientific zoo in the entire world. It was opened in 1828, and there are now over 20,000 animals housed within its walls.

Tickets to the zoo are included for free with the London Pass. Read our post on London Zoo tickets and discounts to find even more opportunities to save money.


Camden Market

After Regent’s Canal turns to the left and continues north, the path alongside will eventually lead you directly to this marketplace.

There are several stalls and shops in the area, including a variety of bric-a-brac items, crafts, clothing, and even fast food.

This would be a great place to stop and grab a snack or even do a little shopping!

Read our post about visiting Camden Market for even more ideas of things to see and do in the area.

About The Author

Margaret

An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: March 23rd, 2022
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