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The Kensal Green Canal Walk

From Kensal Green to Paddington along the Grand Union Canal. Goth, lost rivers and a cup of tea in the garden. Welcome to the Water Highway and the Garden Dreams.

Time~ 3 hours
StartsKensal Green Station
EndsLittle Venice – Maida Vale, Warwick Avenue Tube Station
HighlightsKensal Green Cemetery, Grand Union Canal, Little Venice, Clifton Nurseries

1. Kensal Green Station

Kensal Green Station opened in 1916 and is served by the Bakerloo line and London Overground trains.

2. Kensal Green Cemetery

The Kensal Green cemetery opened in 1833 and is one of “The Magnificent Seven” London Cemeteries. The south side of the graveyard borders the canal and there is a set of gates in the outside wall, where coffins carried by the barges could be unloaded.

3. Grand Union Canal

This is the Paddington branch and the Grand Union Canal. The Paddington arm connects via Regent´s Canal to Limehouse and the Thames. The arm reaches the Grand Union main line at Bull´s Bridge close to Heathrow in the west.

4. Canal Deli & Café

Just on the canal walk, you will bump into the Canal Deli. Brick walls, a high ceiling and a good collection of lunches. You can sit outside on a sunny day. Later on, when you start the walk to Paddington again, you will pass the Trellick Tower. The building has 217 flats.

5. Westbourne Green

The river Westbourne has given its name to the Westbourne Green area. The river is one of London´s lost rivers and was directed into pipes in the early parts of the 19th century. It runs from Whitestone Pond in Hampstead to The Thames, just south of Sloane Square. At Sloane Square tube station the river runs in a conduit above the trains.

6. Little Venice

Stroll around in the picturesque neighbourhood called Little Venice with all its waterways, boats and green spots. You find a lot of pubs and cafés in the area and just as we reach the basin you find the Canal Café Theatre, well situated above the Bridge House pub.

7. The Warwick Castle

The Warwick Castle pub often welcomes you with flowers. Sit outside in the summertime and inside by the fire in the winter.

8. Clifton Nurseries

Clifton Nurseries is a well-known garden centre in London. Clifton´s offers a variety of plants as well as a café. You can enjoy a cake and a cup of tea in the orangery with the lushness of many plants around you.

9. Warwick Avenue Station

Warwick Avenue tube station opened in 1915 and the station is served by the Bakerloo line. Next to the tube station, you find one of London`s cabmen´s Shelter.