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Days Out in London

The waterways in London are inspiring places to visit with kids. Get down to your local canal or river with one of our free fun-packed local map and activity sheets.

A father and daughter on the Regent's Canal Regent's Canal, London

The Canal & River Trust's waterways in London have many features to interest and delight adults and children alike. Fascinating local history, beautiful architecture from the last two centuries, wildlife, the colours of the canal boats ... there's so much to enjoy!  

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Camden Locks

The Regent's Canal first brought the bustle to Camden and now it's one of the liveliest parts of town. Explore the local history with a walk on the towpath. Camden Locks, London, NW1 8AF

King's Cross

There have been lots of changes in this part of London in recent years. It's a great place to explore. Central St Martins, London, N1C 4AA

Islington City Road Basin

Take a short walk from Upper Street and Angel and see the wharves that used to serve the City of London. Graham Street, Islington, N1 8GJ

Old Ford Lock and Bow Wharf

No visit to East London's Victoria Park is complete without a stroll along the towpaths. Bow Wharf, Wennington Road, Bow, E3 5SN

Little Venice

Little Venice is an oasis of tranquility. It's thought to have been so-named by the poet, Robert Browning. Blomfield Road, London, W9 2PF

Limehouse Basin

Opened in 1820 for seagoing vessels to transfer their goods to canal barges, Limehouse Basin is now home to narrowboats, yachts and visiting ocean-going pleasure craft. Limehouse Basin, Goodhart Place, E14 8BT

Three Mills and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The 2012 Olympics transformed this part of London. Yet there's plenty of history to explore, too. The House Mill was built in 1776! Three Mills Lane, London, E3 3DU

West India Docks

London was once the busiest port in the world and West India Docks were the city's first purpose-built docks. Now they're the home of Canary Wharf and some stunning modern architecture. West India Docks, Lawn House Close, E14 9YQ

Brent Reservoir (Welsh Harp)

There's plenty of wildlife and green spaces to explore at Brent Reservoir. If the sun's out, it's an ideal place for a picnic. Aboyne Road, London, NW10 OEX


Brentford Gauging Lock was once one of the busiest places on the Grand Union Canal. Go down to Thames Lock and see where the canal meets the river. Brentford Gauging Lock, Brentford, TW8 8HP

Hanwell Lock Flight

Hanwell Flight of Locks is a great place for a country walk. Green Lane, Hanwell, W7 2PJ


Take in the wildlife and beautiful green spaces of Denham Country Park. Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre (P&D), Denham Court Drive, Denham, UB9 5PG


Winding its way through Harlow, the River Stort Navigation was once a thriving commercial route for barges carrying grain to Bishop's Stortford. Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2QS

Bishop's Stortford

Once an important market town and a coaching stop, Bishop's Stortford retains many historical features and is an ideal place to explore the river valley and the countryside. Station Road, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 3BL





Last date edited: 6 May 2016