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Waterways, Wharves and Warehouses – a guided walk

December 24, 2023 @ 11:00 - 13:00

Today the tow path is open to all, lined with colourful houseboats, waterside apartments and offices, well-used by walkers, cyclists and joggers. We use it to experience a bit of calm and quiet away from the bustle of the shops and the cars. But it wasn’t always so lovely.

This 200-year-old waterway from Paddington to Limehouse has a rich history. It was constructed to link the north of England to London’s docklands on the River Thames providing a low-impact distribution network for heavy goods. The businesses that lined the water’s edge were dirty, noisy, dangerous hives of industry and manufacture.

The canal follows the boundary between Islington (old Finsbury) and Hackney (old Shoreditch) and along the way you’ll hear about the various products that were manufactured, stored and distributed from the wharves here. Find out why the tow paths became no-go zones and the old warehouse buildings fell into disuse. And learn how the area was later regenerated and transformed into the environment that we see and enjoy today.

  • The walk begins and ends at City Road Basin, mid-way between Angel and Old Street tube stations, and lasts just approx 2 hours.
  • The exact meeting point will be clearly described on your ticket and confirmation – these will both be sent via email after purchase.
  • Please do not rely on maps supplied through other non-Eventbrite apps can sometimes give incorrect/vague information.