London Canal Museum

02 July, 2016


One of our moorings for the night on the Regents Canal through London is at Battlebridge Basin, home of the London Canal Museum.  We moor next to the entrance to the Museum. The building was constructed in 1863 as an Ice warehouse, hence the link with the canals as the barges used to transport the Ice from Limehouse Basin on the Thames, where it had been imported from Norway.

Canal museum at London

The London Canal Museum at Battlebridge basin

The London Canal Museum tells the story of London’s canals from the days when they were a vital part of the city’s industrial and commercial life through years of decline and abandonment to today’s more leisurely pursuits.

Inside Coronis

Inside Coronis’s Cabin






The museum tells the story of the people and trade on the Regents Canal and around London.  One area of the museum has part of a reconstructed working barge (Coronus) with the cabin at the rear where families lived in the very cramped conditions.

Working barge in London

Working barge on the canals

Upstairs there is a continuous showing of four films, one portraying a journey from east to west London along the Regents Canal in 1924, another on the Regents Canal Dock and the Islington Tunnel tug. The others show canal horses at work and explain the operation of locks.

Canal horse

Working horse on the canals





The exhibits around the museum are fascinating and include a portrayal of working life on the canal and their interaction with the River Thames.

All our “Through London” cruises allow time for a visit, which is well worth the time for boaters and others.

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