Built in 1812, Regen’ts Canal was once vital to London transport. These days, obsolescence is a bonus to active Londoners. The canal towpath is lovely place to walk, bike, or boat. The route is dotted with bridges, brightly-painted narrowboats, gracefully drooping willow trees, and cute cafes and pubs.
From Islington, you can get on the path (with bike or stroller) via ramps at Danbury Street, St Peter’s Street/Wharf Road, and Baldwin Terrace. If you fancy a snack on your walk, the biggest concentration of cafes and bars is at the Haggerston Riviera. There’s even a canal boat floating bookstore: Word on the Water.