Limehouse to Broadway Market 2 Hours

Just to reiterate, Limehouse Basin, in Limehouse, is the link between The Regent’s Canal and Limehouse Cut and The River Thames.

Steeped in history the area was known as ‘Chinatown’ until the early 1950’s Dickens, Conan Doyle and other writers had set Victorian imaginations afire with tales of opium dens and terrifying crimes but the real legacy is the cuisine and the fantastic Chinese restaurants that first opened in Limehouse.

A couple of riverside bars worth a visit near Limehouse Basin with great views across the Thames are The Narrow, a Gordon Ramsay enterprise www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com and gorgeous oldie worldie pub The Grapes www.thegrapes.co.uk

We cruise along the Regent’s Canal heading upstream to Mile End passing the Ragged School Museum www.raggedschoolmuseum.org.uk and the leafy open spaces of Mile End Park and the Mile End Ecology Park where we find one of the few remaining, genuine, East London traditional pubs, The Palm Tree. Onward to Vicky Park, as it’s known to the locals, we continue our surprisingly leafy cruise. With it’s many historic monuments, boating pond, Pagoda and pavillion it’s the oldest public park in Britain and London’s finest.

We continue our cruise past some delightful gardens and on to Broadway Market where you’ll find the best street food in London and a truly eclectic mix of shops and stalls selling fantastic produce, arts & crafts, stylish accessories and über cool clothes. There are also more traditional shops including a hardware store and a proper, east London, many-generations, family run pie and mash shop which has to be tried! www.eathackney.com The Dove www.dovepubs.com is our favourite spot for a drink.

This cruise takes in various London sites described above including:

Limehouse Marina,
Mile End Park,
Victoria Park,
Broadway Market.