London's second waterway might not offer the graceful curves and
iconic landmarks of the Thames, but a 14km walk down the length of
the Regent's Canal will take you through the belly of the city; on
weekends the towpath bustles with bikes, couples and wayward
ducklings. Start out east, at the Limehouse Basin, and follow the
wake of barges towards Mile End's leafy edges. Rounding Bethnal
Green, the canal heads west through the graffiti-tagged streets of
Haggerston and Hoxton (stop by the much-loved Towpath Café for a
morning fuel-up), before swinging into Islington and King's Cross'
shiny new developments. After a quick lunchtime stop for a beefy
sandwich at Sons + Daughters in Coal Drops Yard, rejoin the
waterway walkers to end your stroll in Regent's Park, sipping beers
on a bench to a soundtrack of London Zoo's lion roars.