TAKE A BOAT TRIP ON THE REGENTS CANAL
Take a 50 minute boat trip in either direction between Little Venice and Camden Lock.
The Regents canal 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 leisurely corridor through London, navigated by leisure boats and lined with live aboard houseboats.
Our route travels between picturesque Little Venice and vibrant Camden Lock where you’ll find the world-famous Camden Market. We pass through Regent’s Park, the grounds of London Zoo and through the echoey depths of the 249 metre Maida Hill tunnel. Each boat has slide opening windows throughout, so everyone gets a view.
As we pass through London Zoo - keep an eye out for the warthogs and their neighbours the African hunting dogs - the pack can often be seen as we pass their canal side enclosure, with the imposing structure of the Snowden walk through aviary (soon to become a new monkey-climb) over on the opposite bank.
You can see the expansive and perfectly landscaped back gardens of stately houses and modern classical villas used by Ambassadors and visiting international diplomats, contrasted with industrial buildings, a power station and architecture including ornamental iron bridges such as the pillared Macclesfield bridge.
From modern day urban graffiti, unique architecture, industrial history to landscaped gardens and wildlife, the route gives an insight to the unique mix that forms this part of London.
01st April 2019 until 31 March 2020
01 April to 31 October
Daily departure times: LITTLE VENICE
10:00 11:00 11:30 12:00 13:30 14:00 15:00 16:00 16:30
Daily departure times: CAMDEN LOCK
10:00 11:00 12:00 12:30 14:00 15:00 15:30 16:00 17:15
Please be ready to board at least 15 minutes before departure time
HOME OF THE WORLD FAMOUS CAMDEN MARKET
Camden Market is a vibrant hub to explore and enjoy. Set within cobbled lanes, former warehouses and converted stables that in days gone by housed the horses that once pulled loaded cargo boats along the canal. Now home to a vast array of world class traders and international cuisines.
See the eclectic shops of Camden High Street and Chalk Farm Road with their larger than life giant 3D signs and quirky street performers.
Our services depart and return to our wharf located in the centre of the West Yard food market next to the Hampstead Road locks and the Dingwalls building (opposite the Ice Wharf).
This West London waterside area was said to be named by the poet Robert Browning. Our boats depart from Browning’s pool the large tranquil water expanse named after him, surrounded by it’s elegant 19th century houses. Look out for the swans, mallard ducks, geese, coots and moorhens amongst its feathered resident birds, as well as the occasional visiting cormorant or heron.
Ask our crew to tell you about the fascinating history of Randolf Avenue, or how they managed to get canal boats through the Maida Hill tunnel before boats had engines.
From ‘Toerags’ to ‘Legging it’ the canal introduced unique terminology that has become set into the English language. Find out the back stories.
Travel past the homes of well known musicians, actors and celebrities along canals lined by live aboard houseboats.
Walk around to Paddington Basin for a modern contrast.
Sheldon Square and Paddington Central have waterside cafes, bars and restaurants including several on boats, as well as a collection of public artwork.
Explore Merchant Square with it’s floating pocket garden park, water play fountains, and striking architectural gems such as the new Brunel building and Heather Wick’s rolling bridge.
ONLINE TICKETING FOR ALL TRIPS
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND BOOKING ONLINE ESPECIALLY FOR WEEKEND TRIPS. ALL MAJOR CARDS ACCEPTED ONLINE
We accept all major and international payment cards when booking online, including Visa, Mastercard, V Pay, Maestro, American Express & Diners club.
Walk-up tickets are available on board the boats for any remaining seats with card payment (we currently are unable to accept AMEX or Diners card payments)
Trips are one-way only, however you can book a separate trip if you wish to return back.
No refunds will be given for missed departures
Online ticketing availability closes 20 minutes before each scheduled departure time, or when the service becomes fully booked.
We DO NOT accept The London Pass, Oyster cards or any other vouchers.
All tickets are sold subject to the LONDON WATERBUS COMPANY Conditions of carriage