Heading North Through Markets and Waterways

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Heading North Through Markets and Waterways

10.50miles Borough Market to Camden Town

Jakub Michalski

I’m the co-founder of Future Positive, a blog featuring stories of creative businesses and projects from across the globe.

Though I’m based in Edinburgh, I often visit London for work. London has an incredible selection of food, coffee and design spots – this route features some of my favourite ones. Starting at Borough Market, one of London’s oldest food markets, I enjoy cycling along Regent’s Canal to Victoria Park, Broadway Market, Angel and Camden Town. This route is best enjoyed during weekdays as it can become quite crowded during weekends. It can take from three to six hours to complete, depending on how many stops you decide to take on the way.

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1. Borough Market
6 Park St, London SE1 9AB

Borough Market is London’s oldest food market, which celebrated its 1,000th birthday in 2014! It brings together some extraordinary farmers, fishermen, bakers, cheesemakers and independent chefs selling their produce. Spending at least an hour walking around the market and the nearby streets is the best way to explore it. Some of my personal favourites there include Neal’s Yard Dairy and Brindisa.

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2. Wapping and Limehouse
Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP

From Tower Bridge, take Cycle Superhighway 3 towards Wapping and Limehouse, where you’ll be able to join Regent’s Canal. Located on the northern bank of the River Thames, Wapping is one of my favourite parts of the city. Though very residential and quiet, its maritime character is enjoyable.

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3. Regent’s Canal
London E14 7JE

Loved by boaters, the Canal is also perfect for walkers and cyclists trying to escape London’s busy streets. Over the past years, a few small cafes and restaurants have opened along the way, which makes the experience even nicer. Cycling along the Canal is best enjoyed during weekdays as it can become quite crowded during weekends.

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4. Victoria Park
Grove Rd, London E3 5TB

This park, apart from being an incredible open space, is home to many historic features and has decorative gardens – cycle or walk around to explore its different parts. The waterfront Pavilion Bakery serves great coffee, sandwiches and other dishes. They are well known for their lovely sourdough bread, which often sells out early.

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5. Broadway Market
London, E8 4QJ

Nestled in the heart of Hackney in East London, Broadway Market is full of independent shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes. Every Saturday between 9am-5pm, the street fills with stalls offering street food and unique items from local designers and artists. I like visiting Donlon Books, a small bookshop with a great collection. Market Cafe is a top spot for a quick pint and meal.

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6. Islington & Angel
23 Arlington Way, London EC1R 1UY

Camden Passage in Angel is a charming street full of antique, art, design, fashion and food stores. The Breakfast Club is a great spot to get some food – also Kipferl, a cafe specialising in traditional Austrian fare. Nearby, you can find my favourite design and stationery shop, Present & Correct. It sells vintage and modern stationery that you won’t find in any other place.

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7. Camden Town
London NW1 8QL

Though always busy with tourists, Camden Town is always an experience for anyone interested in shopping and street art. It’s worth passing through the busy streets to explore smaller passages with hidden gems such as Planet Bazaar. Kerb Camden Market is another cool street food market located just off the canal. Make sure you give Blu Top Ice Cream sandwiches a try – they are seriously good.