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 the top end of the canal cutting at various times of the year. Above: Cafe Laville in summer. Below (left) snow in January 2003 and (right) sunset in the autumn
An atmospheric view of the eastern end of Maida Hill tunnel, with President at speed towing Kildare
Boats wating for passage through Maida Hill. Lisson Grove tunnel in background on a bank holiday weekend. The land to the right was once occupied by warehouses and a stone yard. Chutes hung over the canal ready to load aggregates directly into boats. This location was used for a Doctor Who episode – ‘The Invasion’ (1968) The doctor and Jamie paddled in a canoe along the canal and into Maida Hill tunnel to escape from the Cybermen. Other TV series that have used Maida Hill tunnel include The Human Jungle starring Herbert Lom (1963) where the tunnel is used as the background for a psychological nightmare.
NEXT: Lisson Grove tunnel