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Regent’s Canal – A Leisurely Walk in London

Trip Over to London

We had gone racing down to Westminster Pier in the hopes of catching the ferry out to Hampden Court Palace for the day. But once we arrived at the ticket office we found that the ferry wasn’t going that day because the tides up river on the Thames were too low…………..so a quick recalibration of the days plans was required.

The decision was made to go to Camden Town, then walk along Regent’s Canal.

From Westminster Pier it is a short walk along the riverside path to Embankment Underground Station, where we could catch the Northern Line to Camden Town. Emerging from the station we were swept into the colourful hustle and bustle of markets and amazing shopfronts. We had a wander around this area, the Chalk Farm Markets, the Stable Markets and Camden Town Markets. We found the statue of the wonderful Amy Winehouse, then walked up to Camden Lock to see where the walking path for the walk to Little Venice and the Paddington Basin begins.




There are various companies running trips on long boats down the Canal, but as it was a beautiful spring day the walk was more enticing. It takes anything from an hour to two, depending on the speed of your stroll, and how many times you stop to take photos, chat with other walkers or just look at all the things you come across along the way.

It was a lovely stroll, and it was definitely a stroll, possibly an amble, along what was once the tow path, where the big draft horses towed barges along the canal right up until the 1950s. Regents Canal opened in 1820 and was named after the Prince Regent, who later became King George lV.

Beautiful narrow boats are moored all along the canal, some look like they are permanent homes and others would be for leisurely summer jaunts along the English canals. There were people kayaking on the canal, a few stand up paddle boarders, the occasional tour boat and local bird life that lives along the canal.

After walking under Prince Albert Rd, look to your left. There is a bright red floating Chinese restaurant, the Feng Shang Princess, it looks very comfortable nestled in there, even if a little strangely out of place!

Continuing along the path, the London Zoo is on the other side of the canal, should you decide to visit the zoo, or head off into Regent’s Park, there are plenty of bridges to cross. We walked along the canal path working up a hunger, and thirst, so took a side excursion up the Maida Vale Rd for a nice pub lunch before heading back down to the canal for the last stretch to Little Venice.

Little Venice is an unbelievably pretty, watery little area, considering it is so close to Paddington Station. Surrounded by coffee shops, bars and restaurants, some on long boats it would be very nice to visit again one day.

After walking around to the Paddington Basin, rather than jump on the tube to go back to where we were staying in St James’s, we decided to keep on walking. Hyde Park wasn’t too far away, then as luck would have it – we found ourselves at the Dorchester having a couple of cocktails!!

While in London you might like to visit the beautiful Kew Gardens, or be part of London’s amazing history at the Tower of London. Or you if you are in Lndon at the right time of year, the Chelsea Flower Show is very inspirational, even for a non-gardener like me!

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Autumn colours at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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The base of the QVB Christmas Tree going through the ceiling of the ground floor on it's way up to the dome on the roof.
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Looking across Sydney Harbour from the Royal Botanic Gardens, to Kirribilli House, the Prime Minister's Sydney residence, on the north side of the harbour.
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Beautiful foxgloves in Martin Place Sydney, these flower beds are a lovely way to bring Sydney out of lockdowm.
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These little flowers are loving all the rain in Sydney, me, not so much ⛈!
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And there's the Martin Place Christmas Tree with the star on top.
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Outside the York St entrance to the QVB, showing the fan of stained glass windows, and all the amazing details only see on old buildings. Why can't they make buildings like this anymore????
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The Sea of Hands art installation in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Beautiful gardens just next to the CBD, going down to the harbour and the Opera House.
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Martin Place Christmas tree on a sunny Sydney Christmas Day. Merry Christmas!🎄🥳🥂!
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Right in the middle of Sydney's CBD, Martin Place has been filled with flower beds full of foxgloves and marigolds, it's not the Chelsea Flower Show, but it looks amazing!!
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The arches and balconies on the 3 upper levels of the QVB, with glimses of the Christmas tree going up to the dome in the centre.
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The QVB has it's own light exhibition as part of Vivid Sydney lighting up the city as it does every June. These magnificent lights are hanging under the QVB dome.
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The park in the cbd of Sydney that has become my lunchtime breath of fresh air.
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Merry Christmas🎄🥳🥂! ...

The Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park on a rainy day in Sydney, just enough of a slow down in the rain for me to get into the park!!
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Martin Place in the Sydney CBD, looking from the George St end, over the flower beds full of foxgloves, down towards the fouuntain across Pitt St.
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Still dreaming of where to travel when the world recovers from Covid.
Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split.
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The base of the Martin Place Christmas Tree in place ready for the next layer to go up.
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St Mary's Cathedral across the road from Hyde Park in Sydney. The spires were only added in 2000, prior to that there were just the two square towers with flat tops.
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Let me out!! Bright pink flowers escaping through the fence.
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The top of the QVB with the star up in the dome.
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Top 9 Sydney photos this year. Each row from left to right...
Top Row - Sydney Opera House from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Opera House from the south east corner of St Leonards Park in North Sydney, a carved tree in the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens.
Middle Row - Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour, the old Coal Loader Wharf at Balls Head Reserve in Waverton.
Bottom Row - Sydney Harbour Bridge behind the residential towers in Milsons Point. Staircase in the Queen Victoria Building. Flowers at the Balls Head Centre for Sustanability.

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Looking across the flowers in Sydney's Hyde Park, to the Land Titles Office, or Registrar General's Building, whichever you prefer.
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Having a whale of a time in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, this new whale installation is growing nicely.
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In Hyde Park Sydney, this very stylish little bird house......at least that's what I think it is!!
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Visit Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens for a calm break just near the cbd.
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Not sure how this flower managed to take on this glowing pink look as it climbed through the fence, but I like it!
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Sydney cbd

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Sydney Harbour Bridge during Vivid, looking over Circular Quay ferry terminal to North Sydney CBD, and the green lights on the ferris wheel at Luna Park.
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Queen Victoria sitting outside the Druitt St entrance to the Queen Victoria Building in the Sydney CBD.
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Dreaming of where to travel when it is safe to start exploring again....
London, New York, Rome.
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Happy New Year - wishing you all the best for a fabulous 2022 🥂🥳!!
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Top 9 around Sydney Harbour.
Top Row - Berrys Bay, the other side of Berrys Bay, Balmain from Balls Head Reserve.
Middle Row - rhe old Coal Loader Wharf in Waverton, Milsons Point Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Ferry.
Bottom Row - Luna Park, Robertsons Lighthouse at Cremorne Point, Mosman Bay from Cremorne Point.
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Top 9 flower pics in Sydney.
Top Row and Middle Row - Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
Bottom Row - Balls Head Reserve, Waverton.
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One of the stained glass windows above the George St entrance to the Queen Victoria Building in the Sydney CBD. The building was originally a market, then left in ruins before being meticulously restored and converted into shops and restaurants.
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The Martin Place Christmas tree next to the old Sydney GPO clock tower.
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One of the most magnificent buildings in Sydney, not to mention great shopping!
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The giant art installation in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, called Sea of Hands, winding its way down from the Art Gallery Road gates.
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They don't make stairs like this anymore! Inside the York St entrance to the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney's CBD. One of the most beautiful buildings in Sydney.....
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A cassowary growing in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, I'll have to go back to see how it is growing and post some updates.....
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The main dome on Sydney's Queen Victoria Building in the afternoon sun.
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At the Pitt Street end of Martin Place in the Sydney CBD, the fountain designed by Lloyd Rees in fron of the amphitheatre and the beautiful Commonwealth Bank building. The fountain was in 2 of the Matrix films, and Superman!
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As part of Vivid Sydney, this is the light show on Customs House in Circular Quay. It was a bitterly cold night so the crowds were down - perfect!!🥂
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Construction begins on the Christmas tree in Sydney's Martin Place.
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Lovely lace locked spiral staircase leading to a small locked door in Sydney's QVB - does anyone know where it goes and who gets to go there??
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The gates to Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens (before is was royal!) back in 1873. These gates are up on Art Gallery Rd.
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The Market St end of Sydney's QVB bathed in sunlight - a rare thing in Sydney these days, we seem to be having a lot of rainy, or just cloudy days at the moment.
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At the George St end of Martin Place in Sydney's CBD, this building used to be the Commercial Banking Corporation of Sydney, now a fabulous Burberry store, looking over the raised flower beds full of foxgloves in Martin Place.
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Itinerary for my Trip Over to London

Flew from Sydney to London Heathrow via Singapore, with Qantas on QF1, then QF2 to come home.

Stayed at the Royal Overseas League in St James’s.

Picked up at Heathrow by Naz from Black Lane Limos.

Travelled around London using a Visitor Oyster Card.

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