#18. Kingston to Kingston, 6 nights

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This is a trip with variety of river and canal cruising through Little Venice, Regents Park Zoo, Camden and the sights of the Thames through the heart of our capital city.

We set off from Kingston, soon joining the tidal stretch of the Thames from Teddington to Brentford, where we enter the Grand Union Canal. The difference is seen immediately as we pass by some light industry. It does not take long to reach quieter areas. The journey up the Hanwell flight takes us to a long lockless stretch, and our next lock will be at Camden, 15 miles away.

Locks at Hanwell

On the Hanwell flight of locks

We turn at Bulls Bridge and take the GU Paddington Arm, passing through areas of countryside, suburbia and industry. There are views of Wembley Stadium, Wormwood Scrubs, “colourful” housing on land and water, and the busy North Circular Road which is crossed by aqueduct. Even as we reach Little Venice, it remains relatively peaceful, considering we are only a stone’s throw from London Paddington railway station and the hustle & bustle of the terminus. This area always attracts walkers and onlookers and we often have conversations on the move!

We turn onto the Regents Canal, then through the short Maida Vale Tunnel and Regents Park Zoo, where we can see the Aviary and some of the roaming animals, as well as the grand mansions of Regents Park. Our mooring in this area gives us a chance to visit the London Canal Museum or into London if preferred.

The busy Primrose Hill, Camden and Kentish Town areas follow. It is difficult to fully describe the scenes and atmosphere of the area. You really need to experience Maida Vale, Islington and Kings Cross. The Islington Tunnel is a little over half a mile long. Much of it is flanked by the backs of houses and factories, which give the canal a remarkably private and peaceful world of its own.

At Limehouse Basin

View at Limehouse Marina

Our route to Limehouse Basin, where we return to the Thames, is through mainly industrial areas although with points of interest and some interesting views. The Basin is our mooring for the night before taking in the delights of our Capital City. Guests can take the opportunity to visit the Olympic Park and other London sites. There is a Docklands Light Railway Station just a stones throw from our mooring, enabling travel into London.

The trip “through” London is amongst some of the famous structures in the World. Experience with us London Bridge, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Millennium Bridge, Royal Festival Hall, Westminster Bridge, County Hall, The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Battersea, and many, many more. The river twists and turns in all directions, ensuring ever changing views. Eventually the scenes turn to suburbia then open views as we pass Brentford and Richmond, and our final dash up to Teddington. This is the limit of the Tidal Thames and we cruise along the last couple of miles to Kingston.  What a trip!

A mixed route through our capital city with ever changing views and sights to talk about for years. The journey is 53 miles with 25 locks. You can help if you wish on the Canals, but there’s no need to on the Thames.

Join us on Kailani at 2pm and we set off cruising at 3pm. Departure on your last day will be at 10am.

The closest railway station is Kingston upon Thames.

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Hotel Boat Kailani