Cruise the canals of London this summer

If you’ve only ever seen London through the grimy window of a train or from the back seat of a cab, then you should definitely mix it up and check out north London from the waterways.

Canals were integral to London’s development as a metropolis – they were used to ship all kinds of cargo from the docks into the city centre, with Regent’s Canal, an offshoot of the major Grand Union canal, one of the busiest routes.

Nowadays, boats laden with coal have been replaced with more sedate passenger vessels. There are different routes to take for a cruise on the canals, but the best is between Camden and Little Venice. There are several different operators offering rides, but the Canal Museum is a good place to start.

» London Canal Museum, N1 9RT 
Tube: King’s Cross
From £8

VERDICT: Better than the tube