Friday, 5 August 2011

Day 11: Paddington - Limehouse

8 miles, 12 locks
We got up late because we had awoken to the sound of rain drumming on the roof. But we had to get going, because the water tank was getting low and the cassette toilet was getting full! So we kitted ourselves out in waterproofs and headed off. 

Duck wellies!
First we filled and emptied the relevant tanks at Little Venice, then headed off towards Camden. We found a spot on the visitor moorings there and went to have a quick look around the market. We picked up a second hand copy of Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled, and had calzone for lunch.

We paired up with nb Do Little as we were coming through Camden, and as luck would have it they were also heading to Limehouse Basin. The weather slowly improved, and we finally travelled beyond St Pancras basin, which was as far as we had got lat time we came to London. I particularly enjoyed cruising under the bridge which was part of my bus route to work when I lived in London and longed for my own boat.

Just past Victoria Park, my sister joined us because she lives close by. She joined us for the last few locks into Limehouse. We moored up in Limehouse, had dinner and then headed to The Grapes. It is a fabulous old pub, where Dickens used to drink, with a gallery overlooking the Thames and nice cider (and real ale) on tap. Highly recommended.

The view from The Grapes
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  1. Your life on the boat looks so interesting! Have fun! Xo

  2. Best whitebait I've ever had was in the Grapes.

  3. Lovely post Amy! I think London by NB is the best way to get there and see it. Thank you for sharing with us. :)