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.