Regent's Canal walking tour - Sunday 18 August 2024 10.30am

Regular price £19.50
Tax included.


Join Open City for a walking tour exploring the rich history and compelling architecture of London’s Regent’s Canal

The story of London's Regent's Canal (1812) provides a fascinating insight into Georgian industrial infrastructure in early 19th century London. From an early speculative entrepreneurial scheme it became a bustling commercial waterway in the Victorian era, before falling victim to wider post-war industrial decline in the 20th century.

Now transformed by developer-led regeneration into a once again busy urban thoroughfare, albeit one driven by leisure seeking and gentrification, today walking along the canal provides us with a pertinent opportunity to reflect on the changing city in all its diversity.

Join tour guide Lettie Mckie to explore its eastern stretch from Victoria Park to the Islington Tunnel. The tour will take in surrounding buildings and landmarks ranging from Regency villas to Victorian gasholders, lock-keepers cottages to new developments and converted warehouses.

Key information

Meet: Bonner Gate to Victoria Park, Sewardstone Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9JW

End: Islington Tunnel, Colebrooke Row, London N1 8AP 

Distance: 2.4 miles

Duration: 2.5 hours

Lettie Mckie is an architectural historian, tour guide and cultural events programme manager. She specializes in London’s early 19th century architecture in Britain and works at the National Portrait Gallery. She is passionate about the adaptive re-use of historic buildings of all styles and periods, especially in light of the climate crisis.  

Tickets are non-refundable and tours go ahead rain or shine.

* Please check for any planned transport engineering works, planned strike action or large scale events that may affect your journey before making your ticket purchase *

If you find you can no longer make the tour for any reason we are unable to transfer you to another date, but please feel free to pass your booked place onto a friend to go and enjoy the tour in your place. 

In the event your tour date is cancelled you will be issued with a credit note (with no expiry date) that you can use to 

- book onto a rescheduled date
- book onto any other tour from our programme 

or you can request a refund. 

All ticket purchases are in support of the work of our organisation including our pioneering education programmes. We really appreciate your support! 

Get in touch with Adrianna at with any queries.

Please select solidarity pricing to help Open City offer the concessionary tickets rate for student and jobseekers.

Our concession pricing (£9.50 for walking tours / £19.50 for boat tours) is available for students and jobseekers only.