Regent’s Canal Walk

Explore Georgian Regent’s Canal on a lesser-known stretch from Islington to Hackney

  • Authentic different walk on overlooked stretch of the Regent’s canal
  • Get to know new places and the history behind them
  • Ends at Hackney food market in time for lunch
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90 mins linear walk

Not step-free

Individual tickets from £12

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Learn about the importance of the Regent’s Canal and how its fortunes have changed over the centuries.

Join Susan, your qualified guide, for a 90 minute guided walk along this probably lesser known stretch of the canal. Hear about its history as an industrial area with slum housing. Find out how it has been rejuvenated over the last 20 years with boaters, tasteful canal side conversions, floating gardens, street art.

See where greats of the entertainment business Marie Lloyd and Alfred Hitchcock made their breakthrough. Finish your walk with some shopping or a bite to eat in vibrant Broadway Market. With high quality independent food shops, bookshops, pubs, restaurants and cafés, there is always a buzz and on Saturdays there’s a street market including street food to tickle everyone’s taste buds.

  • Start: Angel Tube Station, Islington
  • End: Broadway Market, Hackney
  • Suitable for all age groups. Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult.


Regent’s Canal Walk Reviews:

“Good walk, I live local to canal and discovered more than expected” Stephen


“Very nice walk, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. A great a way to discover new London gems.” Eden


“A wonderful guided tour with a lovely guide, we learned so much and got to enjoy all these perks along the canal, also venturing towards the streets when something else was worth discovering – perfect, couldn’t recommend it enough!” Sabine

“A lovely walk along this lesser known part of the canal with a professional and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended.” Philip


“A delight to walk along the canal and learn some local history. Our guide was professional and knowledgeable. Thank you!” Kate


“Wonderful walk on a Saturday. If not because of this walk I would never have guessed there’s a canal access at Angel. Thank you Susan for sharing your knowledge and took us all the way to Broadway Market at Hackney. Will be joining Susan for another walk to discover more about London.” Khim

“Susan was a great guide. This was an enjoyable walk and a change from the usual urban walks. Possibly needs a few more stops of interest.” Susan


“The Regents Canal walk from Angel to Broadway Market was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable and I learned lots of London history that I’d been unaware of. I would thoroughly recommend this.” Sian

“Susan was a very informative guide and I thoroughly enjoyed this walk. I learnt a lot about an area of London which I thought I already knew but Susan’s knowledge really impressed me. I would highly recommend this walk to anybody!” Jo

“Regents Canal walk – our excellent guide, Susan, took us along the Regents Canal from Islington, somewhere I had never been before. This is a lovely walk, very informative, we passed Alfred Hitchcock’s head (Gainsborough Studios) saw some very interesting buildings – both old and new – the Hackney Sharks – then ended up at the market in Hackney. Thoroughly enjoyable.” Rosalind

“Very enjoyable and relaxed tour of what I considered to be a hidden canal path, with really interesting information about the history of the area. Well worth a visit!” Mark


“This was a fascinating journey along the Regents canal. Our guide, Susan, managed to give a clear appreciation of what an important link this was to the life of Londoners throughout its history. In addition she was able to answer even the most obscure questions posed by some of the group. the Regents Canal walk was well-paced , interesting and informative. As with all walks it would have been helpful to know in advance where the walk would end.” Ken

“Good walk with Susan as an informative, polite and organised guide – the walk itself isn’t desperately interesting but good to see another part of London that is quite new to me. Ended up in buzzing Hackney Market (with a delicious Thali lunchbox from one of the food stalls) and walked through London Fields to catch the overground train to Liverpool Street Station. Again interesting to see how the other half live in that part of London.” Patricia

Your Guide: Susan Baker