A fabulous canal walk, all the way from Kings Cross to Little Venice. You will discover the beauty of the canals in London. If you want to discover Camden Town, try maybe my alternative route through Camden Town and if you are more into cycling, you can cycle from Kings Cross to Epping Forest.
Duration: 1.5 hour without stops, can be a day trip if you spend some good time at Camden Lock Market and admire the views from Primrose Hill
Kings Cross to Camden Town
The first place you will end up is Granary Square. A beautiful square just behind Kings Cross. The large fountain in front of the old warehouse is beautiful lid in the evening. During nice weathers people are sitting on the artificial grass benches in front of the canal. This is an ideal place for your dinner and lunches in London. From this place you will follow the canal in the direction of Camden Town.
Just after you started to walk next to the canal, you will pass a beautiful small lock together with a lock house. Just after this house is an area where people can park there boat. Just follow the canal path till you reach Camden Lock Market.
Camden Lock Market and the Stables
The canal path will enter the food market section of Camden Lock Market. Be aware that in weekends this area can be extremely crowded. However that doesn’t mean you should leave this area immediately. You can get some great street food here. If you want you can explore even more to enter the market itself.
Behind the food market is the Stables Market. In the past this area was full of stables for horses. Nowadays the old stables transformed in some eccentric shops. If you want to go to a completely different world I recommend you to visit Cyberdog, an underground futuristic techno shop from a different universe. When you are finished on the market, continue your route by following the canal in the direction of London Zoo / Regents Park.
London Zoo and Primrose Hill
At the moment you continue your walk next to the canal, you will see some different interesting things before you reach your next landmark. You will pass a Pirate Castle, lady on a swing, Chinese boat restaurant and a nice church. The church is surrounded with beautiful flowers and there is a nice little outside cafe.
After the turn in the canal you will enter the area of London Zoo. From the canal side you are able to see some animals of the zoo. You are definitely be able to see some birds and if you are lucky you are able to see some hyenas and warthogs.
If you want to have a good view over the city skyline of London just turn away from the canal after you passed the birds sections. On the other side of the road you will find Primrose Hill. From the top of Primrose Hill you will have a good view over the city. After you are finished go back to the canal and continue your trip next to the canal.
Winfield House Grounds
Winfield House Grounds is the second largest private garden in London, after Buckingham Palace. Currently this is the US ambassadors residence. You will recognize this area from the canal from the beautiful houses on the other side of the canal. Behind the Winfield House Grounds you can see part of London’s Central Mosque
Boat Residential Area
Shortly after the Winfield House Grounds you will pass an area where all the famous long canal boats are docked. This is a residential area and people are living on those boats, so please be polite. This area is amazing for people who wants to make some creative photographs. There are all kind of things that you can use for your picture.
The end of the trip. This picturesque neighborhood has some quirky waterside cafes, cozy pubs and charming restaurants. There are puppet shows, you can do a canal boat ride or if you fancy visit an independent theater performance later on.
Just relax at the end of your trip, here in the north of Paddington. Hopefully you enjoyed your walk!