Regent’s Cumberland Turn to Pirate Castle

Towpath walkers and a waterbus at St Marks Gate bridge, near the junction from which the old Cumberland Arm began At the end of the Regents Park section boats turn sharp left for Camden Town. The canal once went straight on to Cumberland Basin near Great Portland Street A close up of the Feng Shang Chinese restaurant. This unusual style […]

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Regent’s Canal – Maida Hill to London Zoo

London Waterbus Perseus at the eastern end of Maida Hill Tunnel Marylebone Wide from Lisson Grove Road with Beauchamp heading westwards East Portal of Lisson Grove Tunnel with a widebeam heading westwards Lisson Grove moorings, otherwise known as Marylebone Wide. There used to be a very large interchange depot between canal and railway Plaque placed by Pateley St bridge commoreating […]

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Regent’s Canal intro & Little Venice – Maida Hill

The Regents Canal Following on the success of the Grand Union’s Paddington Branch, the Regents was opened to exploit the potentialities offered by water transport. It was designed by John Nash and named after the Prince Regent of the time. The canal was planned as part of a substantial new developoment around Marylebone, that included Regents Park. The course of […]

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London’s Three Canal Tunnels – Maida Hill/Lisson Grove access paths

Maida Hill has no towpath so one has to walk over the top of the tunnel via Edgware Road, then walk along Aberdeen Place towards the junction with Cunningham Place, where a side passage between a block of flats and a electricity substation leads to the top of the eastern portal of the tunnel. Here can be found an information […]

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London’s Three Canal Tunnels – Eyre’s tunnel (Lisson Grove)

Perseus is seen here approaching the west portal of Lisson Grove tunnel – another boat having just come through it. The steerer was Mike, who had worked for the London Waterbus Company for many years, and this was his last year on the waterbuses, it being 2002. He had joined the company in 1983 and lived on a houseboat at […]

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London’s Three Canal Tunnels – Maida Hill photo gallery

We now focus on the Regents Canal’s two western tunnels, Maida Hill and Lisson Grove A trip on the waterbus takes people along the attractive stretch of canal by Blomfield Road and under the Edgware Road through Maida Hill Tunnel – a view of which is seen here (below) from Maida Avenue. Cafe Laville sits atop the tunnel Scenes from […]

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London’s Three Canal Tunnels – Islington Tunnel

The western portal of Islington Tunnel. This location is just a stone’s throw from the very busy central London locations of Kings Cross, Caledonian Road and Pentonville Road Islington Tunnel was offcially opened in 1820. It is not spectacularly long, but is considerably lengthy compared to most other tunnels in the south east. Currently it is the longest navigable canal […]

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London’s Three Canal Tunnels

Three canal tunnels exist in London. Two of them are on the popular western end of the Regents Canal between Little Venice and Regents Park, whilst the third is the longest and travels under Islington The Regents Canal tunnels at Islington, Maida Hill and Lisson Grove Casual visitors to London who take a trip on the waterbus will pass through […]

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Part 3 of the tour around London’s waterway oasis

A tour around Little Venice Part 3 The Blue (and Green) plaques of Little Venice Generally Blue Plaques are those of English Heritage and the former Greater London Council. The Green ones are from the City of Westminster. Many famous people live in and around the pool area and elsewhere in Little Venice and Maida Vale. We return to the […]

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Part 2 of a tour around London’s Little Venice

A tour around Little Venice Part 2 Brownings Pool is the largest feature and it is the junction of three waterway routes. It is named after the poet Robert Browning, perhaps a gentrification in defiance of the older name used by the locals and boaters which was Rats Island, but also in recongition of Browning’s alleged naming of the area […]

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