Bodies of Water in London

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Bodies of Water in London

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  • Nimish B
    Bengaluru, India203 contributions
    I took a river cruise and it was just awesome, I could see entire London in two hours. Loved this experience and would recommend this to all visitors to London
    Written 23 January 2024
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK2,704 contributions
    Regent's Canal stretches across North London joining with the River Lea in the East and meeting the Grand Union Canal in the West.

    The towpath alongside the canal is very well maintained and is a perfect place to go walking, running or cycling. Please be considerate for other users how ever you choose to journey along this route!

    There is plenty to see as you travel including former industrial history that has been transformed into accommodation and other uses. The canal goes through a couple of tunnels on its journey but this gives you an opportunity to explore the local area such as around Angel where there are plenty of shops and cafes to visit.

    Use google maps to get you back to the canal. The London Canal Museum is in a wharf just off the canal and Camden locks are worth checking out, the old TVAM studios are here and still have egg cups on top of their buildings. The canal also goes round the edge of Regent's Park and through the middle of London Zoo.

    Well worth checking out if you want to see some different parts of London.
    Written 17 January 2024
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  • PROS
    * Large and pleasant lake in famous park
    * Good foot relaxing boating

    CONS
    Could be crowded

    “I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
    … as I passed our on my bicycle as I traveled from Hyde Park Corner to the Albert Memorial (and back).

    I saw many geese and took many photos

    WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
    It is free

    WOULD I COME HERE AGAIN?
    I certainly won’t make a special trip

    ADVICE
    Go and enjoy, and even rent the paddleboat in season
    Written 29 January 2024
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  • Matt R
    7 contributions
    A very beautiful park.
    Accessible for all people.
    Many people walking dogs and families strolling about (Boxing Day afternoon).
    Written 26 December 2023
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  • mike c
    Totnes, UK611 contributions
    I live in Devon so spoilt for choice for year round swimming...however i read about the swimming ponds (and the recently released film) so in i went on a fairly cold February morning!...nice diving board and really helpful attendant who took photographs ... i will certainly be back...Thank you.
    Written 10 February 2019
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  • violetmoon240
    Greater London, UK13 contributions
    Big Olympic size pool 🏊‍♀️ with lots of green area to sit around for picnics in summer bring your family and friends 👬 they will
    Enjoy swimming and the atmosphere is safe and clean 🧼 they also have a cafe area with sitting area
    Written 12 December 2018
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK2,704 contributions
    Shadwell Basin is a short walk from Shadwell station which is served by the Docklands Light Railway and the London Overground with trains running to Highbury & Islington, Dalston Junction in the North and New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon in the South.

    The Basin was formerly a place where ships from around the world would arrive in London to unload as well as take on products we would export. With the changes over the years the area fell into disrepair but from the 1980's onwards Docklands was rejuvenated. There are some nice properties surrounding the basin but that's about it.

    As there is a large expanse of water that is not safe to go into the area is not as welcoming as other areas but is still very nice to have a walk around. Certainly worth visiting to see some London history.
    Written 16 December 2023
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  • Lucky Star
    1 contribution
    i live right round the corner from this gem of a park and have been going every day since i was a child.
    i usually take my dog to walk here and there are many amazing parts within it.
    i usually start my walk by exiting straight off the path at the top left and going round from there as it is excellent for my dog. then there is a massive field with woods attached to run a dog and the woods make for an amazing scenic walk.
    in the summer you can often watch cricket games on the lower field.
    the lake is very good for runs or scootering little kids.
    the little kiosk is very useful for picnics, surrounded by nature animals. the man running the kiosk, Hitash, is very friendly and deserves appreciation.
    the playground at the top has an amazing makeover and is perfect for your kids to play in.
    the lake can be boated on on sundays and you can fish there outside breeding season.

    in conclusion, this park is the gem of croyden for dog walking, sports, kids, runs, boating, fishing, nature watching, picnics and just meetups!
    Written 25 January 2021
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  • leuveen
    United Kingdom1,256 contributions
    A really nice stretch of river Lea, with plenty of interesting buildings and nice boats. Tends to be quiet even of the weekends, making for a great spot dor a walk. Watch out for the cyclists!
    Written 12 September 2021
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN3,421 contributions
    Located in Kensington Gardens and near Kensington Palace. Very scenic spot and part of a peaceful stroll through the park. Many water fowl can be seen here and you might get a whole army of swans or ducks after you if you bring some bread crumbs
    Written 26 January 2023
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  • Phil L
    6 contributions
    Palm 2 what a little gem in Clapton Pond , it is a general store with a massive twist to it , let me explain. While visiting our son in Clapton we stayed in a apartment in Clapton Pond . New to the area my wife and I went exploring and with in 5 minutes we come across Palm 2. We entered the store with some reservations as it is quite old looking and a bit messy. From here were things change rather rapidly, the amazing aromas that hit you from the home made bread and pastries are to die for . We were greeted by the owner how invited us to taste some of the pastries , a recipe from his mothers just brilliant. We were after a coffee and he said we have the best coffee around , that was fine but no where to sit apparently, here comes the last twist Abdul said follow me out the back we go up the stairs and into this amazing second story dinning room so great and he was right the coffee was top of the wassa . So if in the area this place is a must see and coffee is a must
    Written 10 January 2016
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  • Sarah Grace
    London, UK5,390 contributions
    Visited this canal yesterday and it was a lovely outing with nice walk paths and well signposted.

    Had a cooling drink then dinner at The Navigation by the canal with option for indoor or outdoor seating. Friendly, well staffed and delicious food.

    Lovely seeing house boats on the canal and beautiful surrounding.
    Written 21 August 2022
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  • LovelyOnyx
    London, United Kingdom140 contributions
    The Walthamstow Reservois are located half way between Tottenham Hale (Victoria line and National Rail) and Blackhorse road Tube station (Victoria Line and Overground).
    The entrance is located opposite The Ferry Boat Inn pub.

    At the entrance you will see the ranger's office on the right, to enter you must pay a permit ... it is £1/per day for birdwatching more if you want to go fishing.
    To get the permit just take the 2nd door, fill in your details and in the enveloppe provided put a pound coin and then pop it into the letter box located just on the outside of the office.

    Then you can explore around the differrent reservoirs. So just follow the main path by the Marine engine House.

    Please note that NO map is provided so you will need to do your own exploring... twice the fun!

    Summer is the quiet season, but you can still see a few birds.

    It is not really advertised as an attraction as the reservoirs belongs to Thames water so it is really quiet!!
    But as long as you have a permit that's fine ... even so that no one checked it, but you never know.
    On one of the reservoir, you have a hide as well to observe the wildlife.

    Nene geese, swans, heron, ducks, wildfowl, ....
    You will also see the old Copper Mill as a bonus!

    There is plan that the council will develop the reservoirs and officially open them to the public.
    In the meantime, public can still visit it for birdwatching but it is not marketed.

    Toilet facilities: Yes inside the Marine Engine House

    Wheelchair accessible: in theory yes, but it is not paves, just a dirt track, so I guess it will be difficult to navigate around.

    There are 7 reservoirs which you can see.

    The birds will change according to the season.

    For exemple Frebruary will be good to see Heron nesting. November to see some migrating birds.

    For fishing/angling Please contact Thames Water for special permit, only some of the reservoirs are open for fishing.
    Written 24 June 2015
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  • ChrisK
    Larkfield, UK17 contributions
    Spent 24hrs on the S lake at the weekend which is notoriously difficult. Difficult to catch fish I can handle but both my friend and I struggled to find a swim which wasn't overgrown with weed. On the cast, before the rig even touched the bottom it was engulfed in weed. When I asked the bailiff for some advice, he said "they're called pop ups". I couldn't even bother to respond that both of my rods had pop ups on. That being said, it is a picturesque lake which would be so much better if the owners carried out some maintenance and removed some of the weed. Sadly, until then, I won't be back
    Written 21 June 2017
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  • This is very old-fashioned, rustic bathing pond, perfect for swimming a few rounds after work (or in the morning) in a park. The water's murky, pleasantly cool and (for the most part) deep; this is not a place for little children or non-swimmers. Changing rooms are bare-bones, to say the least, and there's no lockers, so don't bring valuables. Don't expect a café or any such thing either. There's (cold) showers, however, and lifeguards are on duty. All in all it's a quaint and lovely alternative to London's modern pools.
    Written 22 July 2023
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