Limehouse to Hackney Wick 2 hours

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.

Bars near Limehouse Basin worth a visit are The Narrow, a Gordon Ramsay enterprise www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com and the gorgeous oldie worldie The Grapes www.thegrapes.co.uk

Taking in the fantastic views around Limehouse Basin we cruise up the Limehouse Cut, the oldest stretch of canal in London by the way, and make our way towards Bow passing St Annes, Limehouse, a beautiful Hawksmoor church, one of many of the extraordinarily talented architect’s creations in east London.

As the Limehouse Cut joins the River Lea we find the Three Mills, London’s oldest surviving industrial mills, www.3mills.com which today is home to London’s largest film and television studios and where Director Danny Boyle created the wonderful opening ceremony to the 2012 Olympics which of course was performed a little further along our journey.

The canals of London diverge in this once heavily industrial area but we continue along the Lea passing the Olympic Stadium on our right and the restaurants, bars and studios of Hackney Wick on our left including the famous Forman’s www.formans.co.uk for the best smoked salmon probably in the world, The White Building, www.thewhitebuilding.org.uk arts centre, The Counter Café www.counterproductive.co.uk and the Crate Brewery www.cratebrewery.com for beer and the best pizzas in London.

This cruise takes in various London sites described above including:

Limehouse Marina,
Three Mills,
The Olympic Park,
Hackney Wick.