Following the Regent’s Canal from Camden Town to Little Venice is one of the best walks in London for those looking to explore some of the most beautiful locations and hidden gems in the city.
With a route that takes you through Primrose Hill and ends in Little Venice, there are some great spots for photographs and unique places to discover, making this among the most popular London canal walks.
We completed this Camden to Little Venice walk on a sunny day in July. With blue skies above and the sun beaming down, it was the perfect weather to see this part of London.
Where to start
With the Regent’s Canal running right through the heart of Camden, beginning at Camden Market nearby is the perfect place to start this walk. The market itself has a lot to explore, with great places to get a bite to eat if you aren’t in a rush.
On the Northern Line, Camden Town is the nearest tube station, with Camden Road and Chalk Farm not too far away either.
Alternatively, if you arrive at King’s Cross or St Pancras you can begin the walk there. It will take about an extra 30 minutes to walk to Camden from King’s Cross, but if you have the time it’s a great way to extend the route and you can just follow the canal all the way up.
There are other stations further out from Camden that are also good options for where to start. We arrived at Kentish Town and followed Kentish Town Road south all the way down to Camden.
Heading out from Camden
Starting at the lock in Camden, you can follow the Regent’s Canal away from the high street. Cross the iron footbridge and head along the path on the north side of the canal.
When you cross Oval Road, you can even take a look around at spot one of Banksy’s famous pieces of graffiti on a nearby wall.
From there, keep walking along the canal as it curves south. The footpath takes you under two bridges – Regents Park Road then Prince Albert Road. After passing both, there will be a fork in the waterway with the distinctive structure of the Feng Shang Princess to your left.
Seeing the view from Primrose Hill
While many guides charting the Camden to Little Venice walk would stick to following the Regent’s Canal, there’s one place that’s worth making a detour from as you head out from Camden Town: Primrose Hill.
Take a stroll through the park and up to the top of the hill and you can see for yourself that it’s worth the detour away from the canal.
Primrose Hill offers one of the best panoramic views of the city. It’s comparable to Hampstead Heath, but being less well-known it’s generally quieter and a great place to discover for yourself. It’s also a perfect spot for a picnic if the weather’s good.
One of the most romantic things to do in London for couples is follow this walk and head up Primrose Hill to sit with a tasty lunch in the open air before continuing to Little Venice.
Walking alongside London Zoo
Back on the Regent’s Canal, you can follow it west. This section of the canal borders ZSL London Zoo, so it’s generally a bit busier around here.
You may even be able to spot some of the enclosures on the other side of the water. Plus, if you’re after a longer day out the zoo is the perfect location to spend a couples of hours!
As you move away from the zoo, the canal continues around the edge of Regent’s Park. Here, you’ll spot some beautiful houses and gardens along the slopes either side of the canal.
Heading towards Little Venice
The Regent’s Canal will eventually veer away from the park, taking you under a series of bridges as you head further westwards into London.
You’ll pass by a long line of colourful moored canal boats next to small allotments and gardens. The canal then takes you through a short but dark tunnel – watch out for cyclists here as the footpath gets very narrow!
Shortly after, you’ll have to head up some stairs as the path temporarily departs the canal as it goes in the Maida Hill Tunnel.
From here, head onto the streets and follow Aberdeen Place until the canal emerges again from the tunnel and you can walk along on one of the roads running parallel to it – Blomfield Road or Maida Avenue. At the end of the road you’ll be in Little Venice.
Exploring Little Venice
Having done the walk from Camden to Little Venice, you’ll find yourself in a lovely area of London to stop and explore. First, pause a moment at Warwick Avenue and look back at the canal – this is one of the most photographed spots in the area.
Then, take a look around Little Venice. With the beautiful canals, boats, and houses, it’s among the most picturesque areas of London. It’s not huge, so you can easily stroll around a see what it has to offer.
There are lots of cute cafes for a refreshing drink, and the Rembrandt Gardens are a great place to sit and rest or have a picnic.
Where to go next
Having completed the Camden to Little Venice walk, it’s up to you what to do next. There are lots of places to get a drink or have food around Little Venice, or you can explore other parts of London nearby.
Follow the canal south-east and it will take you to Paddingdon Basin, with lots of cool bars and places to eat around the area. Hyde Park is also within walking distance if you continue heading south.
We extended our Camden to Little Venice walk by following the Regent’s Canal further west. Stick to the south bank so that you can stay on the towpath all the way (the north side will force you away onto the roads) and you can see more parts of London you may not have explored before.
To make sure our legs were well stretched, we kept following along the Regent’s Canal about another 30 minutes away from Little Venice. Then, at the bridge where Ladbroke Grove crosses the canal, we turned off and followed the road north up to Kensal Rise where we caught a train back into central London.
Other recommended London walks to try out
Discover more of the best London walks on our blog, including:
- London Bridge to Greenwich
- Greenwich to Woolwich
- King’s Cross to Limehouse
- Blackfriars to Battersea
- Limehouse Cut walk