It's no Amsterdam, but London's canals are one of the best ways to explore the city, away from the crammed streets. Because have picked out our favourite things to do along Regent’s or Grand Union next time you find yourself on the waterways. Less Fagan hang outs, more cute cafés and quiet spaces.

Little Venice
A tourist hotspot, this is probably the busiest part of the canal, and for good reason. Here the Grand Union Canal meets Regent’s Canal, and the riverboats and cream coloured houses of Maida Vale make it entirely Instagram-worthy. Fun fact: the poet Robert Browning coined the name ‘Little Venice’ when he lived there in the 1800s. Perhaps emphasis on the ‘little’ in comparison to the Italian city, but perfectly formed nonetheless.

Floating bookshops
At any point along the canal you might stumble across a riverboat full of books. A favourite is Word on the Water, the floating bookbarge that also hosts music nights and readings. 

Towpath Café
Undoubtedly the best place to people watch, this tiny café is right on the canal in the Hoxton area. Get the homemade ice cream here.

Oval Space
The Oval Space isn’t technically on the canal. But it is right next to it and overlooking the Grand Union Canal near Bethnal Green, so we’re including it anyway. An art, music, and generally anything event space, in summer they do particularly fun outdoor movie showings with live music performances. Check out what they’ve got coming up here

And if you really are a canal enthusiast, you can always get your fill of history at the Canal Museum… 

Text by Prudence Wade

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