Hidden London

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Yet again, Ron and Ivy Parr organised a fascinating “two-pronged” outing for The Friends of St Nicholas. This time, we were to discover “Hidden London” in the company of an amusing and very well informed guide, and then on to a narrow boat to explore the Regent’s Canal, through Little Venice and on to Camden Market. 

We disembarked the coach by the London Museum where we met our guide. The weather wasn’t quite with us, but we avoided most of the rain as our guide took us into little-known churchyards and leafy squares around Charterhouse Square, St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the refurbished Smithfield Market. I must say, I have worked in the City much of my life, and the nooks and crannies we visited, and the tales our guide told of them, were truly fascinating.  

After we had all had a break to find a cafe or eat a picnic, we boarded the coach to Regent’s Park, where we all filed into a narrow boat for a cruise along Little Venice and on to Camden Lock. We passed through the back gardens of some of the most opulent new “houses” – more like palaces – along the Regent’s Canal. As a total contrast, we also looked through the portholes of a number of narrow boats of all shapes, sizes, and decoration moored on the canal, many used as full-time homes. 

We chugged along the canal for nearly an hour, passing through the centre of London Zoo and Armstrong-Jones Aviary, before arriving at Camden Market, where we had an hour or so to shop and have a last cup of coffee before the journey home to Great Wakering. 

A fascinating day’s trip and cruise.

Richard Rae