Regent’s Canal runs through the heart of King’s Cross. This nine mile waterway winds its way quietly through our capital, from the River Thames at Limehouse to Paddington. People still live along the canal and the mix of boat moorings, heritage buildings and a connection to nature make for a charming setting.
At King’s Cross the canal is being transformed and will be an important part of neighbourhood life – just as it was in its industrial heyday. Once the tradesman’s entrance to the industries that lined its banks, we now have access to this hidden treasure and can appreciate the beauty of the waterway with its colourful narrowboats, ivy-clad walls and rich bird life.
Access is being improved with steps, ramps, new moorings and three new bridges. The first of these – King’s Bridge is already open. All along the towpath, the brick walls have been draped in climbing plants – restoring the waterway’s secret garden feel. The arches along the towpath wall are being opened to connect the canal with the new Coal Drops Yard shopping area.
Visit Camley Street Natural Park
For those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, there’s Camley Street Natural Park. This two-acre nature reserve is an oasis of peace and tranquility, right in the heart of one of the busiest parts of London. The park was created from an old coal yard back in 1984 and today its a home for birds, bats, butterflies and a wide variety of plant life.
See the canal from a different point of view
The new addition to the landscape at Camley Street Natural Park is Viewpoint – a floating platform that looks to bring architecture and nature closer together.
This island hideaway in miniature is a peaceful spot to pause and take in views of the canal and the park. It takes the environment of the park out into the water, and helps people discover the nature and wildlife of the canal. You’ll catch glimpses of birds such as swans and moorhens, and maybe even a kingfisher if you’re lucky.
Experience a slower pace of life at our closest neighbours, St. Pancras Cruising Club:
Created by the capital’s supreme masterplanner
King’s Cross has been a place of trade since Roman times and from 1820 until the 1960s, Regent’s Canal played an important part in this trade. The canal linked King’s Cross to the major industrial cities in the North of England. And for over 140 years brought coal, goods and building materials to London.
The force behind Regent’s Canal, and indeed much of Regency London was John Nash. Read more about the history of Regent’s Canal.