This mini-tour tour is designed for members of Inland Waterways International to meet for a special reception in London on Monday evening April 17, at the same time discovering the Regent’s Canal between Camden Locks and Limehouse Basin, and the royal River Thames. Four nights in London, in Holiday Inn Express Limehouse, allowing participants to make their own visits in London on the Saturday and Sunday. The tour includes four journeys on the Thames Clipper services on the Thames Tideway, a visit to the St Pancras Cruising Club’s new headquarters (with a buffet lunch), a visit to the London Canal Museum, an evening reception and dinner at CA House in Limehouse Basin, and the superb cruise the next day from Westminster to Hampton Court and back. The tour is organised by David Edwards-May. Enjoy the company of an enthusiastic and motivated international group. The price per person is €490 (excluding transport to London).
Sunday, April 16, 2023
After individual London sightseeing during the weekend, assemble in Limehouse in the evening for an informal get-together in the pub beside the entrance lock to Limehouse Basin (the Bread Street Kitchen) OR in The Grapes, with its small terrace on the River Thames, a short distance along Narrow Street. The waterway programme starts on the Monday morning. David Edwards-May will be in CA House which stands just opposite the pagoda-like Harbourmaster’s Office.
A barge enters Limehouse Basin from the River Thames
Monday, April 17
Walk to the Canary Wharf pier to take the Thames Clipper service to Westminster, enjoying the superb views of the regenerated old wharves, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, London Bridge and the Shard, and the City skyscrapers on the North Bank. Take No 24 bus from Westminster to Camden Town, to discover the famous Camden High Street and the Camden Market adjacent to the locks on the Regent’s Canal. This spectacular site is the starting point of a walking tour along the towpath. First stop at St Pancras Cruising Club to visit its new headquarters. Address by the new Commodore. Buffet reception. Continue walking along the canal to Battlebridge Basin, to visit the London Canal Museum with its curator Martin Sachs. Continue to Limehouse on the towpath or by public transport. Private dinner for IWI and friends in the Cruising Association in CA House.
Battlebridge Basin, where the London Canal Museum is located, © Alan MacFaden
Tuesday, April 18
One of the powerful catamarans of the Thames Clipper fleet approaches the pier at Bankside.
Wednesday, April 19
End of tour