We recently met up with fellow travel bloggers iZogAdventure for a day out in London and to shoot a video interview for their awesome YouTube channel. Given that they commute into the city on a regular basis, we wanted to swerve to central London. We decided on walking Regents Canal from Camden Town to Little Venice. This is about a 2.5 mile (or 4km) walk, that takes around 45 minutes. Walking Regents Canal takes in a different side of London than many international tourists will see. It is far off the well-trodden route between Buckingham Palace and the West End.
Introducing Zoggy and ZogBecca of iZogAdventure!
Darren (aka Zoggy) and Rebecca (ZogBecca) are a vlogging and more recently blogging couple, based in the UK. They spend pretty much every weekend roaming around the UK, taking in different sites of interest and vlogging about their adventures on their YouTube channel. Occasionally they go further afield. Earlier in 2017, they made it out to Basel to visit us for a weekend and made a short series of vlogs about it. We recently featured them in our post about 15 Travel Bloggers we love.
When we announced that we planned to start our adventure in full-time travel, Darren had suggested we meet up to shoot an interview about our plans. Of course, we jumped at the chance. Hence this was a day out with a dual purpose. Walking Regents Canal, and find a nice spot where we could shoot the interview.
Camden Town – hipster paradise in North London
We met up with the Zogs at a spot close to Camden Town tube. For anyone who may not know, Camden Town is located about 2 miles north of Central London. It is easily reached via the Northern Line of the London Underground. Camden is buzzing at weekends due to the extensive and ever-popular tourist markets which started in the 1970’s. They have expanded several times since then.
I first discovered Camden markets as a student and fell in love with the place due to its lively vibe and alternative culture. Although it is far more touristy now than when I used to stomp the streets in my Doc Martens, it still retains a hipster edge over Central London. The markets are a shopping mecca, selling apparel, jewellery, books, vinyl and CD’s, second-hand gear, mobile phone covers and so much more. You can also get street food of pretty much any description here. There is also loads of street art around the area and above the shops, so Tom and Rebecca were both in photo heaven.
Walking Regents Canal
After we had wandered around the markets for a while mostly taking pictures, we started walking the Regents Canal. The towpath runs past Camden Lock and is well used by cyclists and joggers. Regents Canal links the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin, with the River Thames at Limehouse. If you are interested in the geography of the canal network, MappingLondon has a great Underground-style map that shows all of the London Waterways. This appeals to my map-geek sensibilities!
Camden to London Zoo
Walking Regents Canal like we did takes in only a small section of the extensive waterways of London and is still one of the underrated things to do in London. Darren, Rebecca and I are all fairly familiar with the city. However, none of us had done this particular walk in London before. We were all very surprised by the different side of London that walking Regents Canal reveals. The walk is all towpath and takes in London Zoo along the way. As we passed the Zoo we could see part of one of the aviaries. The wild birds outside were chirruping away to the Zoo birds inside.
We passed several people on boat tours and some on kayaks. However, as we walked past Lisson Grove, we saw what seemed like hundreds of houseboats. Most of them are on permanent moorings, and the towpath is literally used as their front gardens. Many were decorated with plants, garden furniture, fairy lights, pompoms and one even had a tiny “library”- a row of books and an invitation to enjoy. The whole area is utterly charming.
Little Venice and our video interview with iZogAdventure
Little Venice was the end of our walk along Regents Canal. We stopped at the pool formed by the confluence of the three canals – Regents Canal, the Grand Union Canal and Paddington Basin.
After a short stop at a cafe for some drinks, we went and found a spot in Rembrandt Gardens and shot the video! You can check it out below.
Many thanks to Valentina and Antonio of Travelling Bellies and Chad and Stef of Touring Tastebuds for their input to the questions. And of course, huge thanks to Darren and Rebecca for taking time out of their busy weekends to interview us! We had a fantastic day out walking Regents Canal, and really enjoyed the experience of being interviewed on camera. If you want a tranquil walk in London outside the city, then we can seriously recommend a walk along the Regents Canal.