A unique way to experience London
The Regents Canal was opened in 1820 linking the Grand Union Canal at Little Venice and the River Thames at Limehouse, providing an important industrial transport route. Today the canal is a green leisurely corridor, mainly navigated by leisure boats and live aboard houseboats. It passes through the Maida Hill Tunnel, Regent’s Park and London Zoo amongst unique architecture, industrial history and wildlife.
You can experience travelling through the Regents Canal on board a traditional narrowboat that used to carry cargo in years gone by.
A former timber yard which was turned into the world famous market in 1974. The vibrant market includes hundreds of clothing, music and arts and craft stalls and shops set up in the former warehouses and around the cobbled and flagged courtyards. The Waterbus stops in the West Yard where we are surrounded by Camden Markets best street kitchens serving up an array of tasty food.
Camden Market website
First opened in 1847, London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. It's 36 acres are home to some 19,000 creatures great and small and it participates in international research across the world to protect endangered species. The Snowdon Aviary, built in 1965, was the world's first walk through aviary and can be seen from the canal. The Waterbus has its own entrance into the Zoo, providing a pleasant way to arrive and avoiding the queues at the main gate.
ZSL London Zoo OPENING TIMES: 28 Oct - 14 Feb 10am - 4pm
London Zoo website
The canal was dug in a deep cutting around the north edge of Regents Park which provides a green and tranquil backdrop to what was an urban industrial waterway. The Waterbus passes contrasting scenery of the backs of Victorian and Georgian houses, stately modern villas as well as moorings for private canal boats and a power station. Dug deeper and wider than others, the Regents Canal has ornamental bridges of cast and wrought iron as well as the pillared Macclesfield bridge and the Maida Hill tunnel demonstrating the architectural and engineering achievements of a past age.