What do Oval Road NW1, Camden High Street NW1, and Lisson Grove NW8 all have in common? They are all roads which cross the Regent’s Canal. This photo of the entrance to the canal was taken on Lisson Grove while I was on the trail of Bleeding London. Unfortunately, the towpath doesn’t count as a street for that project.
The Regent’s Canal runs for 8.6 miles (13.8 km) round the northern edge of the centre of London, passing close to Regent’s Park and King’s Cross. It was built to link the Paddington Arm of the Grand Junction Canal in west London with the tidal section of the River Thames in the east of the city at Limehouse.
One of the directors of the canal company was the architect John Nash. Through the connection with Nash, the Prince Regent allowed the use of his name for the project. The canal was opened in two stages, from Paddington to Camden in 1816, and the rest of the canal in 1820.
Railways and roads have reduced the commercial use of the canal, but it still functions as a place for walking, boating, kayaking…..
…..and even as a place to live, for the residents of houseboats in Lisson Grove and Maida Vale (known as “Little Venice”).
There are 13 locks on the canal. You would hardly know from this picture of Camden Lock that you are in the heart of Camden Town with streets buzzing with tourists and shoppers at the markets.
But yes, you really are only a few steps away from stalls selling “I love London” rainbow hoodies.