Panorama taken showing the Regents Canal just before it enters the tunnel under Angle and Islington. Walking along the canals in London is very relaxing, and they are often also used as waterside cycle paths. The virtual tour image shows some of the buildings built alongside the canal.
Regents Canal at Islington Tunnel - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Regents Canal at Islington Tunnel' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
Regents Canal runs through north-central London linking the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Basin in the west with Limehouse Basin and the River Thames in the Docklands. The Canal was proposed in 1801, with the first section to Camden Town opening in 1816 and the final Limehouse Basin link opening in 1820. Freight transport along Regents Canal declined with the increase of road use, virtually ceasing by the 1960's.
Today the Regents Canal is open to the public and canal boats can often be seen on it. The tow path is used as a walkway and cycle path. It passes through two tunnels, one passing underneath Angel and the other near Little Venice at Paddington. Between these two tunnels the canal passes some of the busiest tourist attractions in London.
For visitors, the most popular section of the canal is around Camden Lock, famous for both the Camden Lock Market and Camden Village Market, which draw hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. About 10 minutes walk from here the canal passes along the boundary between Regents Park, London Zoo and Primrose Hill.
As the Regents Canal weaves through London, it passes under 23 road bridges and numerous other footbridges. Canal boats navigating the distance must pass through 13 locks. For tourists, boat trips from Camden Lock to London Zoo are popular, there are no locks on this stretch of the canal.
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