Canals in London
- Travel by water was probably the easiest, and sometimes only, way to get around London for over a thousand years.
- There were a lot of canals built into and around London, mostly for goods transport, around the early 19th century.
- Regent's Canal Dock used to be the main centre of trade, the second most being City Road Basin.
- In 1929 the Regent Canal, Grand Junction Canal, and Warwick Canals, were merged.
- As rail transport became a more popular option, these canals fell out of service (they were however utilised during the second world war, as an alternative to an over committed railway system).
- These days the canal is more of a leisure facility. Various narrowboats cruise along the canal, offering a relaxing and scenic way to travel around London, and an opportunity to see hidden parts of the city.
- The Grand Union Canal (which encompasses Regent's Canal), links London to various other canal systems throughout the UK.
- Regent's Canal (also referred to as the North Metropolitan Canal) stretches for about 2½ miles through northern London, from the picturesque Little Venice to Camden Lock, where the famous Camden Market is held. The canal travels through Regents Park, London Zoo, and numerous waterside pubs and restaurants. There are regular watersports running the Camden/Little Venice route.
- Near King's Cross Station, there is a Canal Museum on New Wharf Road. Here you can learn more about London's canals.
Places around London
Places around London include Middlesex.