Cruise from Little Venice to Camden Market
from Little Venice to Camden Market
Little Venice to Camden Town by barge, along the Grand Union Canal (seasonal)
To journey by the canal is to see a place from an entirely different perspective, and this short trip, about twenty minutes, is no exception. It starts in Little Venice, with its respectable, fashionable villas and houseboats; dives into a tunnel; comes up brieﬂy for air in an estate of low-cost housing; then goes back under a bridge, and immediately you are among millionaires' mansions on the edge of Regent's Park. Beyond them is the tranquillity of the park in a deep cutting with overhanging trees. The canal bisects the London Zoo; we saw gazelles and heard the squawk of tropical birds. Just after the Zoo, the barge takes a sharp left turn by a ﬂoating Chinese restaurant before arriving in Camden.
The barge drops you right at the centre of the Camden market. The day we went, there was a cloudless sky with bright sharp sunlight, so that the arrival at the crowded market, with is bright colours and exotic smells, owed more to a Conrad arrival at some riverside town on the Congo than to a North London market.
Charles Marsden-Smedley's design practice specialises in museum and exhibition design.