Broadway Market to King’s Cross 2 Hours

So, as mentioned above, Broadway Market www.broadwaymarket.co.uk is famous for its super cool shops, restaurants and bars such as the Dove and is particularly lively on Saturdays with the market in full swing.

Heading in a westerly direction we’ll pass sites of some extremely interesting buildings and historic locations as we continue to cruise the Regent’s Canal. Including some great canal side bars and restaurants like The Proud Archivist, a fantastic arts centre, events space, bar, restaurant, library and gallery. www.proudarchivist.co.uk Another canalside bar is Barge House, Latin bistro and cocktail bar www.bargehouse.co.uk.

Just a little further on the western side of Kingsland Road is an area where, until 1852 stood Balmes House which together with it’s huge estate had been a palace of note for more than three centuries. On one occasion, Charles I and his court were entertained here by Sir George Whitmore, who resided there when Lord Mayor of London in1631- 1632 Whitmore Road Bridge which crosses the Regent’s Canal was originally the carriage-drive leading to Balmes House. It eventually became a lunatic asylum in the early part of the 19th C and is said to be where the term “Barmy’ is derived.

Continuing our canal cruise westward, another popular arts centre is the Rosemary Branch Theatre www.rosemarybranch.com and on the south side is the site of the world famous Gainsborough Pictures Studios where many movies of the 1940’s were produced including Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lady Vanishes’ and ‘The Wicked Lady’.

Coming into view is Eagle Wharf canalside studios and home to the Commissary www.commissary.net We pass The Narrow Boat, www.thenarrowboatpub.com another excellent canalside pub serving great food. Passing the historic Wenlock Basin and City Road Basin we eventually cruise past some of the beautiful Victorian terraces of Islington. We now enter the almost 878m of the Islington Tunnel which runs beneath the streets of Angel emerging in a quiet residential backwater.

Continuing our route towards the Caledonian Road we pass Battlebridge Basin, home to the Canal Museum www.canalmuseum.org.uk and King’s Place, home to The Guardian newspaper and music and arts venues. Arriving at Granary Square, with its fountains and elegant mix of old and new building you will find the House of Illustration www.houseofillustration.org.uk the UK’s only public gallery dedicated soley to illustration and lovely restaurant The Grain Store www.grainstore.com

This cruise takes in various London sites described above including:

Kingsland Basin,
City Rd Basin,
Islington Tunnel,
Granary Sq.