Through from west London to east London today. Again an early start as we thought that would give us the best chance of finding a mooring. In this part of London almost every available foot of mooring is taken up by permenant liveaboards, even the 7 day visitor moorings.
We passed Little Venice, where we have a mooring booked from Monday to Thursday, and onto the Regents Canal, past London Zoo towards the busy area around Camden Locks.
We worked through the second and third locks with a crew on a hire boat, it was their first locks – quite an initiation!
Our route took us on to east London through Kings Cross, Islington and south Hackney. There was lots of redevelopment happening including this where they seem to be leaving the old gasometers in place as a feature.
We turned off of the Regents onto the Hertford Union canal as we were told that moorings are usually available here. We did eventually find one. It’s not ideal as it’s a little noisy. There are balconies on the buildings overlooking the canal and the local residents are outside enjoying the good weather!
After lunch we went to explore the local surroundings and found ourselves in Roman Road market. This is almost exclusively women’s clothes and, of course, Heddi had to buy a dress.
In the evening we went for a bike ride around Victoria Park. This is a large open space (over 200 acres) in east London alongside the Hertford Union canal. It was much in use by the local populace today enjoying the summer sun, picnicing, sunbathing, playing games etc.