The Regent’s Canal in London provides a connection between the River Thames at Limehouse Basin and the Grand Union Canal.
We took a narrow-boat tour from Camden Town to Little Venice. This short portion of the canal passes through the London Zoo, Regent’s Park, and the 270-yard-long Maida Tunnel before arriving in Little Venice. A few companies offer tours on the Regent’s Canal, but we chose to go on the Jenny Wren so we could pass through a lock, lock number 1 at Hampstead Road:
The part of the canal we visited is the oldest, opened in 1816. To this day, locks on the canal are manually operated:
The narrow boats just fit:
Here’s the view from inside lock number 1, aboard the Jenny Wren:
The canal is home to many live-aboards, with their brightly colored and decorated boats:
Not necessarily the best scenery:
But it is waterfront property:
At Little Venice there was a waterborne market and a chance to buy ice cream from a canal boat:
It was the last day for the market, and the zebra-striped boat above was preparing to head home to Stratford-upon-Avon, a two-weeks’ voyage (if I remember correctly).