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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
90 mins linear walk
Not step-free. Good mobility required.
Individual tickets £20

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Discover the fascinating history of Regent’s Canal and how it has transformed over the centuries with Susan, your knowledgeable guide. On this 90-minute guided walk, you’ll explore a lesser-known stretch of the canal and learn about its past as an industrial area with slum housing.

Find out how the canal has been rejuvenated in recent years with the arrival of boaters, tasteful canal side conversions, floating gardens, and stunning street art. Susan will take you on a journey through time, sharing stories of how Regent’s Canal has evolved into the vibrant destination it is today.

You’ll also get to see where legendary entertainers like Marie Lloyd and Alfred Hitchcock made their breakthrough, adding a touch of celebrity history to the walk. And to top it all off, you’ll finish the tour in style with some shopping or a bite to eat in the lively Broadway Market.

With its high-quality independent food shops, bookstores, pubs, restaurants, and cafes, there’s always a buzz in the area. And if you visit on a Saturday, you can also explore the bustling street market with its tempting street food that is sure to tickle everyone’s taste buds. Join Susan and discover the rich history and vibrant present of Regent’s Canal.

  • Start: Angel Tube Station, Islington
  • End: Broadway Market, Hackney
  • Good mobility required
  • Suitable for all age groups. Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Your Guide: Susan Baker

Regent’s Canal Walk Reviews

The guide was well-organised and knowledgeable about the section of the Regent’s Canal we walked. It was a part of London I was not familiar with so I found it really interesting and a very pleasant walk. We ended up in a market in Hackney which was an added bonus. Really enjoyable and well worth doing.
Very welcome cloud cover on this walk in very hot weather. Our guide, Susan was prompt to meet us at Angel tube and it was a surprisingly short and interesting route to pick up the Regent!s Canal path. This was part of the Canal I’d not explored before and being a Saturday in Summer, the area was very busy and loud at times. Susan had use of a microphone which was extremely welcome. She introduced us to art works and surprising historical facts as we progressed and gave me an appetite to return when the area is less busy, to learn more.
My friend and I enjoyed this Saturday walk along the Regents Canal. Susan gave some interesting historical information and stories and it was good to see areas that we were unaware of. As it was a Saturday morning the route was buzzing with activity. It was a very interesting walk with a very sociable group.
This was a great walk along the Regents canal from Angel to Hackney. I really enjoyed it, and Susan was really informative and knowledgeable when asked questions. The pace was good and the walk was of a good length. Thank you, Susan, for a great walk.
“An interesting stroll along the canal. Easy walking for anyone. Plenty of stops to find out nuggets of info that may one day come in handy for a pub quiz. It says 90 mins it was 2 hours and ended at a lovely market which had lots of lovely lunch options. Well worth finding out a little more about our fabulous city.”
“Our tour guide Susan gave an interesting walk of The Regents Canal which I was not familiar with. It was very picturesque seeing the barges and also the redevelopment of the area. A very enjoyable time.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this walk with Susan through an area that I used to know well and was amazed at the regeneration of the area.

Also, learning about history was very interesting. Thank you”.

“Good walk; I live local to the canal and discovered more than expected”
“Very nice walk, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. A great a way to discover new London gems.”
“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!”
“A lovely walk along this lesser known part of the canal with a professional and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended.”
“A delight to walk along the canal and learn some local history. Our guide was professional and knowledgeable. Thank you!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“Really interesting walk along a section of the canal I’d never seen with some fascinating bits of history. The guide was very nice and caring of people on the walk…the stretch is a good few km and has steps up and down from the canal a few times, so people with mobility issues need to bear that in mind.”

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