From Little Venice to Camden Town

MAY 12,2013 - MAY 12,2013 (1 DAYS)

Citywalk

From Little Venice to Camden Town:

Duration: 3-4 hours. Distance: 4-5 km.

Start: Warwick Avenue tube station.

End:   Camden Town Tube Station. Keep in mind, the station is on Sundays only open for exit - you have to walk to the next station (Mornington Crescent) for about ten minutes. The entrance to the Underground is now closed on a Sunday from 13:00 to 17:30 to avoid congestion in the station.

This short route runs along the Regent’s Canal, near Regent’s Park and through a variety of residential areas. It ends in several wonderful sites in Camden Town. It ends in the exciting atmosphere of the famed Camden Lock Market and the other five (!) surrounding markets. Half day or even a whole day to spend here and get lost in these amazing markets!!!  Shop, eat, take nice pictures, do whatever you want, but don't miss Camden Markets in during your London visit! On your way to Camden you pass  along marvelous canal landscapes and many urban developments (both residential and commercial).

From Warwick Avenue station head southeast on Warwick Ave. The first turn to the right should be Warwick Place. In case you took the wrong direction and the first turn to the left is Clifton Villas, take the Clifton Villas road until its end and turn left to Blomfield Road. Turn right onto Warwick Pl. Turn left onto Blomfield Rd. Turn right onto Westbourne Terrace Rd and sharp left at Warwick Crescent. Little Venice is on your left. A huge community of houseboats form their own colorful village in the midst of some of London’s most desirable property:

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This stretch of canal is where the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals meet. There are, here, waterside cafes, pubs and eateries. From here you can take a boat trip or follow the tow path on foot and see how the winding waterway snakes its way through the heart of the city. You can head eastward (downstream) past the posh regency streets of Madia Vale and on to Regent’s Park and Camden beyond, or follow this peaceful canal westward (upstream) and enjoy the tranquility of the waterways until you arrive to the centre of Paddington complexes.

Head west in Westbourne Terrace Rd. Turn right (back) onto Blomfield Rd. Walk along Blomfield Rd approx. 650 m. On your right is the Regent Canal. First, you pass (on your right ) the Puppet Theatre Barge:  a theatre in a boat which travels down the Thames putting on shows. You'll usually find the theatre moored at either Little Venice or Richmond. exciting marionette plays: Saturdays and Sundays afternoons. 8.50-12 GBP/ticket.

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Later, more distant, still on your right) the Rembrandt Gardens. The Gardens were first laid out in the early 1950's and the original name was Warwick Avenue Gardens. In 1975 the name was changed when the City of Westminster was linked with the City of Amsterdam in Holland. The garden has Rose beds, twice yearly bedding, shrubs, toilet facilities for both able and disabled users. Along with the views over 'Brownings Pool' this garden makes a great place to go and while away a few hours during a hectic day and is used extensively by workers from the new office blocks located in the Paddington Basin Development:

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The urban surrouding on your right is Maida Vale. The peaceful boulevards of Maida Vale seem to belong in a different, less crowded city than the rest of London. Most of the Edwardian houses have  been  transformed into flats. The most famous of Maida Vale streets is Abbey Road, where the Beatles recorded their later albums, and took the photo for one of the iconic album covers of the twentieth century (20 minutes walk, from here, to the north). The southern end of Maida Vale is marked by Regent’s Canal and the area known as Little Venice. 

In the spot where Blomfield Rd. meets the bustling Edgware Road stands Cafe Laville (453 Edgware Rd). From here you get fantastic view of Little Venice.

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You continue north-east along the Regent Canal. Your first turn to the RIGHT is Lysons Place. Pass it and continue walking until yo arrive to the second turn to the RIGHT - Lisson Grove. Here you get more splendid photos of the canal:

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Continue along the Regent Canal path when the canal is to your left. On the nidway, near the railway course, you cross a bridge and moves to the other (north) bank of the canal. Splendid views until you arrive (with the canal) to Regent Park. As you keep walking down, you are actually diagonal to Regent's Park and would be a nice detour to visit the area as well:

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Walking along the canal, into the Regent Park premises - you enjoy the beautiful mansions along the right (east) bank of the canal:

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Here and there you'll see colorful boats and barges - flowing over the canal waters. The admission of the  canal boat that runs along Regent's Canal in your walking direction (which heads into Camden Market) is covered if you have the London Pass. You'll notice joggers and people with dogs heading down your foot path along the water. The pavement isn't that wide so mind the cyclists - especially on Sundays !

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A nice spot, along the canal, just near the park - is the Red Anchorage:

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Keep walking along the canal until you'll see (and hear) London Zoo on your right:

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The noisy road on your left (and up) is Prince Albert road. Immediately, when the London Zoo starts (on your right)  - you'll see signposts pointing (LEFT) to Primrose Hill. You need to cross the Prince Albert road in order to arrive (climb) to Primrose Hill. Don't miss it. The view from the top of Primrose Hill is one of London’s best, affording a fantastic panorama across the city. There are playgrounds, sports facilities and public toilets with disabled access. The view from the top of the hill through dusk and in to evening is especially stunning. From here you get, maybe, the best panoramic view of London:

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We head to Camden Town. Head east on Regent's Park Rd. Pass Albert Terrace and Albert Terrace Mews - on your right. Turn left onto Princess Rd. Turn right onto Gloucester Ave. From here walk along the Regent Canal - crossing Gloucester Ave. and Ovel Rd - until you arrive to Camden High St. Turn left toward Camden High St (the street changes its name to Chalk Farm). Take the stairs and turn left onto Camden High St or Chalk Farm Rd.

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Walk 200 m. in Chalk Farm rd and the Camden Stables Market is, mainly, on your left. Open: Mon - Fri 10:30 to 18:00, Sat & Sun 10:00 to 18:00. There are, actually, 4 entrances into the Stables Market. Look out for the entrance just after the Morrisons petrol station, which takes you straight into our Vintage and Antique area. The Stables Market currently has hundreds of retail, food and leisure shops. Just awesome. From the amazing buildings to the wild bronze horse sculptures to the vast assortment of incredible food and merchandise  on offer. The Stables is now a huge maze of clothing, gifts, antiques, food, smells and souvenirs. Great layout but with twists and turns making you feel you're discovering something new. Just be prepared for an overwhelming walk through lots and lots of cool looking things to buy. When you add in the food available throughout this place, you really can give all your senses a workout:

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Walk back in Chalk Farm Rd. (east-southward) again to the Regent Canal. You arrive to Camden Lock. Camden Lock Market started in the early 1970s and is the original Camden market. It was once only a craft market but now has loads of markets stalls and shops selling clothes, jewelry and unusual gifts. There are indoor and outdoor areas and great food stalls next to the canal. Camden Lock is one of London’s most vibrant shopping and entertainment areas. A global kitchen on offer and lots of different kinds of stalls to suit everyone. Very busy section of London with thousands of youngsters sitting on the canal's banks. it's packed with the most crazy assortment of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. You can take the canal boat trip down the Regent's Canal to Little Venice.

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From Camden Lock cross the canal again and walk southward from Chalk Farm Rd. to its bottom part  Camden High Street (where we came from Regent Park/Primrose Hill...). You are now inside the busiest market of Camden Town - the Camden Market in Camden High Street. A Kaleidoscope of clothes, furniture, jewellery household goods and electronics ever to be collected in one area. Very Busy on the weekends. Loads of people shouting to offer you a free taste or shouting they're deals around. There is a lot of really good food that is exceptionally reasonable.

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After crossing the canal, along Camden High Street - the Inverness Street Market is the second turn to the right from Camden High Street (when the canal is on your back). Inverness Street Market started around 1900 and used to be just a fruit and vegetable market serving the local community but you can now find bargain clothing and souvenirs as well. OPen: seven days a week. 08.30 – 17.00. There are bars and restaurants along this street making it a good place to stop. The Good Mixer pub at the far end has a reputation for being a popular drinking hole for local bands:

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From Inverness Street - return back to Camden High Street and turn right. You'll see, immediately, the Camden Town tube station. On Sundays afternoons this station is for exit only and you'll have to continue to Mornington Crescent tube station - 10 minutes walk further along the Camden High Street.

Food

Gilgamesh Restaurant: In the southern edge of the Camden Stables Market. On your way, along Chalk Farm Rd. from the Stables Market to the Camden Lock. Good Asian food. Looks spectacular and is designed incredibly. Nice decor. But, pricey and the service is so-so. Every extra costs a lot. Not recommended. Value for money is really disappointing.

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