For The Love Of London: Canals

Hey, beautiful creatures – quick question for you.

What do Kings Cross St Pancras, Angel (Islington) and Camden have in common?

I mean, other than the fairly obvious link that they’re all in London. Hint: when in doubt, always look at the post title. Ah yes, you pub-quiz extraordinaires, you got it – all three places sport some, quite frankly, gorgeous canals.

If this doesn’t fill you with glee, then congratulations – you’re me a few years ago. So, for the entire one year that I went to college (loved it; picked stupid subjects, completed my first year and decided to do an apprenticeship instead) up in Islington, I had the pleasure of discovering an entirely new side to London. Until that point, I actually hadn’t liked living in London.

To be fair, I live in quite possibly the shittiest part of London, known only for the riots a few years back, so can you really blame me?

But going into North London everyday, making friends who liked to explore Central London with me and going to all these new places was absolutely eye opening for me. I discovered so much about London to love – and I now want to stay in London for uni. (Before, I’d planned to leave in favour of somewhere abroad.)

One of my favourite discoveries, however, has to be the canals. I’m so indescribly jealous of people who live near the canals – if I did, I would never leave them. I’d go there to sketch, to meditate, to just watch life go by. One of the things that I hate about my area is how ugly it is. I love being by myself (not in a weird way; hear me out) and I’d happily go for walks and chill out alone . . . but to go anywhere nice it would take at least a half an hour train journey.

Today’s post is just a little breath of escapism for all of us; a little chance for me to share one of my favourite spots in London with you all.

#1 – Camden Canals

On one of the last days of summer, I went to my friend, Danilo’s, neck of the woods to explore – the lucky sod lives in Camden, which is one of my favourite parts of London.

 

With the eccentric spirit of Camden, in all its beautiful character and vibrant soul, the sun shining on the canals makes for a playful day. You can hire boats and kayak down these scenic canals – finish up near the food stalls, or go to a delicious Italian resturaunt.

Or you could board the Chinese food canal boat resturaunt. We preferred the sunlit spot to sit and reminisce about childhood memories and failed first kisses. Dan wins, his was way worse.

I’ve been to – and loved – Camden many times before this day, but never this side of it. More the slightly grungy markets and their rundown treasure-filled stalls. Camden was always a place almost beastly; mesmeringly off-key. Strange, quirky.

Yet something about the scenic stroll and the summer warmth of this canal revealed an entirely different side to Camden I’d never experienced. The kind of quaint and pictuesque London you see in movies.

Walking along these canals we were treated to some truly beautiful views and, as you exit, you walk through the lush mini-camps the river-boat-dwellers have set up.

 

Definitely should’ve taken an OOTD picture here. But hey – if you’re a Londoner and you want great spots to take OOTD photos, try the end of Camden canals!

See what a quaint and lush little walk it is?

I’m not even going to attempt to explain away the enigma that is Danilo. He’s a unique breed of special.

#2 – Kings Cross St Pancras Canals

Now, the Kings Cross St Pancras Canals show the real divide in London – you’ve got the pretty and you’ve got the urban. The sprawling mansions and the tower blocks. Camden canals is very much the first . . . and Kings Cross is the second.

Look at how beautiful my best friend is! Also . . . she’s got some wicked hair.

Immediately, Kings Cross is much more grey and grungy; surrounded by buildings and flats instead of Camden’s greenery.

Rather randomly, we stumbled across one of the UAL campuses – which is my dream uni! I’m taking it as a sign from God.

Although less than pristine, I think the charm and character the canal-side flats have make up for it.

 

As you walk along the canals, you’ll be treated to a variety of graffiti. Some of it incredibly artistic and interesting . . . some of it less so.

Personally, I enjoyed the poetry and the quotes we managed to find in amongst all the scribbling. Oh – and the dead body.

Who could ignore such a wonderful mural? This is a club on the “to check out” list, for sure.

Ah . . . and here’s possibly the funniest image ever. The buddha with the fidget spinners!

That said, there are some genuinely thought-provoking art pieces.

I’d highly recommend looking up Berta Vive.

Anyways, this was just a quick (ish) post to share a few of my favourite places in London with you! If you are ever around these areas, I would highly recommend taking a trip down the canals; they’re a really relaxing and scenic walk. (Albeit very different scenery for each one.) Which was your favourite? Have you ever visited any of the London canals? Would you? Let me know your thoughts down below!

Peace,

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47 thoughts on “For The Love Of London: Canals

  1. ameliacdowling – England – 18 year old from South East England. Passionate about health, reading, nature, veganism and self love. Random ramblings from the heart.
    ameliacdowling says:

    This was so interesting to read! I’ve gotta say, when you were saying how nice camden canal is I was like …??really?? But that’s because I’ve only been to the lock/market where it’s kind of.. edgy hahahaha. These pictures are gorgeous I’d love to explore London more but as someone who doesn’t go ofter I tend to only visit the more touristy parts

    1. Thanks lovely! And I had the EXACT same thought when I went down there for the first time, but it actually is such a lovely place! That’s understandable; if you’re ever down and want to explore, hit me up! 🙂

  2. wunderlifestyle – Wunder Lifestyle compromise of two individuals with divergent backgrounds and interest but, with single aim in providing an online space to share their storytelling through words and photographs. This will offer the readers to virtually experience the adventure of these pairs!
    wunderlifestyle says:

    amazing post! Loving the pictures!

    1. Oooh I didn’t know you interned in London! That’s so cool! And thanks lovely girl xx

    1. It’s so cool! We spent ages just going along that part of the canal reading everything; there was a lot of poetry and protests! x

  3. Arundhati Basu – New Jersey, US – The great affair in my life is to travel. I count myself immensely fortunate that my partner shares this passion. We are a team that likes to spend time planning and plotting out places to go. Destination check, flights check, accommodation check, cheesy grins check. Off we go.
    Dippy-Dotty Girl says:

    The post made me smile because I loved wandering by the canals too. I had a thing for the floating bookstore on the canal which changed locations and I last tripped into it in King’s Cross. Gosh I miss it all so! Lovely photos of your friends and you, the graffiti and lastly, may I be cheeky enough to point out that it is Shiva with the spinners. xx

    1. Thank you so much! Oh my goodness – I actually know the exact one you mean! When I was going to school in Angel (Islington) the library was at the canals there! And thank you lovely – why of course you can. I think I just assumed because of the pose, thank you for the correction 🙂 xxx

      1. Arundhati Basu – New Jersey, US – The great affair in my life is to travel. I count myself immensely fortunate that my partner shares this passion. We are a team that likes to spend time planning and plotting out places to go. Destination check, flights check, accommodation check, cheesy grins check. Off we go.
        Dippy-Dotty Girl says:

        I wondered if you might throw a bagel at me 😛 I am relieved.
        I have not seen the likes of that little barge stuffed with books anywhere else. Such a floating piece of joy it is.

      1. Arundhati Basu – New Jersey, US – The great affair in my life is to travel. I count myself immensely fortunate that my partner shares this passion. We are a team that likes to spend time planning and plotting out places to go. Destination check, flights check, accommodation check, cheesy grins check. Off we go.
        Dippy-Dotty Girl says:

        It is 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! And yes I highly recommend it; there’s just so much to see and do!xx

  4. I love colouring canals, but unfortunately I’ve never been to any of the ones in London! But I’ve made a list of these and next time I go I’ll be sure to visit these ones. Lovely post!

    1. Definitely do – there are so many more (I love the ones in Angel, but I couldn’t find the images sadly)! Thanks lovely x

  5. There is something I absolutely love about the vibe of these photos and it makes me want to go asap – the Camden one seems perfect for little boat trips both my mum and I would enjoy a lot. Thank you so much for these suggestions as I’m always looking to explore different sides of London! (And get good outfit pics as well )

    1. paulliverstravels – I like visiting other countries, reading and writing, playing chess and cards, and lifting weights. Computers give me ulcers but I'm struggling with social media anyway.
      paulliverstravels says:

      If you like these canals, Venice and Suzhou would be good vacation spots for you, too.

      1. I so want to check out Venice!

    2. Thank you lovely! And I definitely agree – I wish I’d known about them sooner! There are also some pretty cool boats in Hyde Park 🙂 And yes girl – you know about those outfit pics! <3

  6. paulliverstravels – I like visiting other countries, reading and writing, playing chess and cards, and lifting weights. Computers give me ulcers but I'm struggling with social media anyway.
    paulliverstravels says:

    I enjoyed this article. I love the canals in Venice and Suzhou, too.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation!xx

    1. They absolutely are – really thought-provoking too! And definitely do!xx

    1. Me too! I love looking at water; I find it so calming and inspiring x

  7. I love the Camden Canal!! I always go there to just relax and write

  8. Andreea Theodora – Sunt in zodia rac. Poate ar fi de ajuns pentru a ma cunoaste. Insa am sa va mai spun cateva lucruri despre mine.Iubesc natura,marea,animalele si zambetele.Sunt pasionata de plimbari,de fotografie dar si de machiaj.Mi-am luat inima in dinti si am decis in sfarsit sa impartasesc si cu alte persoane anumite lucruri care imi plac.
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  9. miasouthertonx – Hello, My name is Mia Southerton, I'm 18 years old and from the North East of England. I post everything from Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle.
    miasouthertonx says:

    I love Camden, it’s definitely one of my favourite places in London. Xx

  10. All of the pictures are beautiful, I especially love all the street art.

    It’d be a dream to live in one of those super cute flats!!

    1. Me too! And thank you lovely 🙂

      Aren’t they adorable? Islington has even nicer ones but I couldn’t find my college photos *sigh*

  11. kittyp0p – My name is Shannon. I'm Italian, 24-years old, and I've been dating my boyfriend for almost 5 years. I'm a CEO. I have a cat & a frog that I adore. I'm into fashion, self-care, makeup, photography, dance, organizing, and art in any form.
    kittyp0p says:

    Those canals look magical! All the graffiti is super cool too (:

  12. Only Candon and probably did not go as far down as you did. Like looking at canal boat names and pretty colours. Like visiting Sheffield canal.

  13. monalisa – My name is Monalisa. I have done my B.Tech from Information Technology and currently, I am working as a Digital Marketing Executive. I love to do creative things...I love net surfing, animal planet, dance and painting. Appreciation keeps me motivated. I love to read, write and help people.
    Dudhwa Birding Tour says:

    Stunning post! Gliding book shop sounds cool!

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    EmptyChairUK says:

    Really well written!

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