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Little Venice: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Boat Trip to Camden

1. Little Venice: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Boat Trip to Camden

Travel from picturesque Little Venice to vibrant Camden Town along the Regent's Canal. This waterway is a leisurely corridor through London, navigated by leisure boats and lined with quirky houseboats. You'll pass by Regent’s Park, the grounds of London Zoo and through the echoey depths of the 248 meter Maida Hill tunnel. Each boat has slide opening windows throughout, so everyone gets a view. As you pass through London Zoo, keep an eye out for warthogs and African hunting dogs, which can often be seen as the boat passes their canal-side enclosure. Travel past the homes of well-known musicians, actors and celebrities. You will also be able to see the expansive and landscaped back gardens of grand houses used by ambassadors and visiting international diplomats. Arrive in the heart of Camden Market, home to a vast array of world class traders and international cuisines.

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Camden Town: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Trip to Little Venice

2. Camden Town: Regent’s Canal Waterbus Trip to Little Venice

Travel between vibrant Camden Town and picturesque Little Venice along Regent's Canal on this scenic 1-way waterbus trip. Sit back and relax as you cruise on a calm waterway through London, navigated by leisure boats and lined with quirky houseboats. Departing from West Yard, Camden Market, pass by Regent’s Park, the grounds of London Zoo, and through the echoey depths of the 249-meter Maida Hill Tunnel. Take advantage of slide-opening windows throughout the boat, so everyone gets a picture-perfect view. As you pass through London Zoo, keep an eye out for warthogs and African hunting dogs, which can often be seen as the boat passes their canal-side enclosure. Cruise past the homes of well-known musicians, actors, and celebrities. See the expansive and landscaped back gardens of grand houses used by ambassadors and visiting international diplomats. End your boat trip in Little Venice, where you can get off and continue your adventure on your own.

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London: Camden Pub Crawl with Drinks

3. London: Camden Pub Crawl with Drinks

Camden leads the way in alternative nightlife in London, boasting a wealth of bars and clubs, from traditional boozers and rock-metal haunts, to cocktail shacks and converted theatres. On arriving at your first venue, a team of bright bubbly guides will be waiting to greet you, get you signed up, and introduce you to the rest of the group. Then the only thing left to do is get your free shot and a discounted drink or two.  Head on to 4 more lively venues, with the hosts always leading the way. The following venues will vary depending on the day of the week. From Sunday to Thursday, you can expect to visit a few pubs and couple of bars, in which some may have live music, karaoke, or games happening, or just a cool vibe to drink and chat. Your host will adapt the night to suit the crowd so you really get to explore the area like a local.  On the weekends, the tour turns up to a livelier party crawl so get your groove on and finish with a bang in one of the awesome clubs there. The venues will be bigger and busier and the weekend crawls will always finish at a big club, open until 3:00 AM. Camden really has something for everyone and your guide cannot wait to show you.

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London: Rock and Roll Taxi Tour

4. London: Rock and Roll Taxi Tour

Immerse yourself in London's incredible rock music scene with a private tour of the city's most iconic musical locations. After getting picked up from your hotel, listen to your guide as they tell you about the many rock legends who made London their home: from the Beatles to Queen, Oasis, Led Zeppelin, Sting, and Pink Floyd.  Customize your tour to suit your needs and interests. From pubs, clubs, and other London performance venues, to recording studios, homes, and restaurants owned by the stars, it’s all about the music on this tour. After your tour, the choice of drop-off location is up to you. You could head to the Hard Rock Café to continue your music-theme evening until the wee hours. Or maybe get dropped off at Camden Town to discover the undiscovered music stars of tomorrow. However, if you have had enough rock n roll for one day then feel free to get dropped off back at your hotel.

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London: Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll

5. London: Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll

Rock music was born and raised in the tiny backstreets and alleys of Soho. It’s here you find basement clubs, rehearsal rooms, pubs and recording studios where the bands made their first tentative steps towards stardom. You’ll see and hear about the Marquee, Knuckles, 100 Club, the Roxy, Ronnie Scott’s Club,  legendary UFO, the history of rock and it’s foundations, from blues and jazz to skiffle, folk, and into the heart of swingin' 60s classic rock, through to the new wave/new romantic movements of the 80s. Then, there are the studios like Trident and De Lane Lea where Queen, Genesis, Bowie, Bolan and others made seminal albums. Beatle fans will enjoy seeing Macca’s Golden Disc covered office, early show sites, the theatre they owned, and the early NEMS office. On ‘Tin Pan Alley’, you’ll hear about the Stone’s first recording session, Elton’s ‘Woolworth’ albums and how Bowie lived in a caravan. You’ll see where the Sex Pistols rehearsed and lived, where Bob Dylan played his first London gig, and where Hendrix and Phil Lynott, amongst many past and present guitar heroes, bought and continue to buy their instruments. Among many seminal locations on this tour, you’ll see where Bill Haley launched rock’n’roll onto London and where Cliff Richard, Tommy Steel, Marty Wilde, Billy Fury and others followed his lead; you’ll see where Pink Floyd cut ‘The Wall’ and Joy Division made ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’; where U2 played one of their first London gigs in front of 8 people. You’ll see apartments and homes of Bob Marley, Pete Townsend, Elton, the Sex Pistols, Ritchie Blackmore, Bowie, Syd Barrett, the Gallagher brothers, and where Amy Winehouse ended her short and problem-filled life. Take a walk in your favorite's footsteps, through narrow, winding streets of what is London's entertainment district. See the clubs, recording studios, early gig sites, and places where your fave bands have played. Glimpse the world-famous Camden Markets and canal, an area known for street art, where a guy called Banksy started too. Long before Amy Winehouse made Camden her playground, it was the stomping ground for hippie London, The Clash, then Madness and U2 in the 80s, Oasis and their Brit Pop rivalries in the 90s.  The tour culminates with time at Abbey Road where you'll walk in the footsteps of the Fab Four across that famed crosswalk!

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London: Full-Day Rock Music Tour

6. London: Full-Day Rock Music Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the hell-raising, music-making legends of London on a comprehensive full-day tour of some of the city’s most musical neighborhoods. Traveling by 16-seat minibus, you will discover the past and present rock landmarks of bohemian Soho, as well as the music venues north and west of the West End. A specialist music guide will take you to clubs including The Marquee, Ronnie Scott’s, and UFO. Discover where Queen, Bowie and Bolan cut their seminal albums at Trident Studios. Go to “Tin Pan Alley” where the Rolling Stone’s had their 1st recording session. Listen to fascinating stories of the time Bowie lived in a caravan, see where the Sex Pistols rehearsed, and where Bob Dylan played his 1st London gig. Discover the site of Joe Meek’ home studio, where Jimmy Page cut his 1st disc, and see where Pink Floyd recorded “The Wall.” Your guide will tell you about the time Elton John tried to commit suicide, and take you past the homes of Pete Townsend, Ritchie Blackmore, Syd Barrett, and more. Discover where Amy Winehouse ended her problem-filled life in Camden Town. Drive to iconic Abbey Road, stopping to walk across the zebra crossing to recreate one of the most famous album covers of all time. See the theater that The Beatles once owned, as well as the early offices of NEMS and McCartney. You will be dropped of at the Hard Rock Café for lunch (own expense), before your afternoon tour of Chelsea, Kensington, Holland Park, Notting Hill Gate, St. John's Wood, Marylebone and the West End. Learn what made the ‘60s “Swinging” and where psychedelic and punk rock were born. Discover locations that inspired hundreds of lyrics as you pass Brian Epstein's former apartment, the King’s Road flat where Ringo lived, and John and Yoko's 1st London home. See the current London residence of Sir Paul McCartney, as well as iconic Beatles locations, including the site where the Sergeant Pepper's album cover was shot. The tour includes plenty of Clash memorabilia in the neighborhood they frequented, as well as a drive past the former haunts of Bob Marley. There are more than a dozen sites to please Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix fans, as well as sightings of the former homes of Freddie Mercury, the Bee Gees, Clapton, and many more. Stop at Bill Wyman’s legendary “Sticky Fingers” restaurant, learn about the secluded hotels favored by the stars, and much more.

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London: Rock 'n' Roll History Tour

7. London: Rock 'n' Roll History Tour

This tour covers Rock landmarks in bohemian Soho and the north London neighbourhoods of Camden Town, Hampstead Village and Heath, Highgate, Muswell Hill, Archway and Islington. An undoubted highlight is 'Ally Pally' (Alexandra Palace) from where you'll get an unbeatable view of London's skyline. On today's tour you'll see Macca's Golden Disc covered office and the flat where he wrote 'Yesterday', Ringo's Hampstead house, and the only flat shared by all Fab Four. And, naturally, you'll also get to walk across the famed 'Abbey Road' crossing. Then, there's Madness' Camden Town and Chalk Farm, the famed 'Tin Pan Alley', the Kinks' Muswell Hill 'shrine', and Rod Stewart's family home and school. See where the Floyd's cut 'The Wall'. You'll pass Boy George, George Michael and Sting's homes. See where Jimmy Page cut his first disc, where Joe Meek killed his landlady and where The Clash cut 'London Calling'. Gig sites and clubs include the legendary UFO, Klooks Kleek, the Rainbow, Marquee, 100 Club, Roxy, Ronnie Scotts, Roundhouse and Hope and Anchor. Other sites covered on this fantabulous tour relate to the Police, Rod Stewart, Bonzo Dog Doh Dah Band, Graham Bond, Elton John, The Clash, Alexis Corner, Ginger Baker, Fairport Convention, Bob Dylan, Eurythmics, and more modern icons such as Amy Winehouse and Coldplay.

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From Camden: Primrose Hill Private Tour with a Local Guide

8. From Camden: Primrose Hill Private Tour with a Local Guide

Book this tour, and the supplier will be in touch within 24 hours after booking to find out more about your personality, tastes and interests so we can assign a like-minded Local who can create a bespoke experience for you. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. A provisional tour itinerary can look something like this: 10:00 AM: You'll meet your local at Camden Town Tube Station before heading to explore the sprawling market and former stables; here you can sample some of the best international cuisine from innumerable food stalls that set up shop every morning or you can explore shops that cater to very niche subcultures such as cyber clothing fashioned with bright florescent designs or steampunk, which is inspired Victorian science fiction. There are also shops dedicated to selling authentic Persian rugs, handmade fairy lights, pop culture goods from Tokyo and so much more in the expansive Camden Market that it can be hard to know which way to turn!    12:00 PM: After you have had your fill of the market your local will lead you further along the canal, pointing out the street art dedicated to Amy Winehouse who lived in the neighbourhood on the way to the charming community of Primrose Hill. This was the home of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes when they lived in London and also Frederick Engels; today the attractive hidden away street exclusively has independent shops, cafes and restaurants, including a local grocer, butcher, florist, bookshop, French delicatessen and fine wines shop. This is an excellent place to stock up on a selection of cheese and wine before heading up to the top of Primrose Hill, which as the highest hill in London offers some pretty spectacular views of the city.     2:00 PM: If you happen to be in London on New Years Eve or any other major holiday, this is an excellent vantage point to beat the crowds that line the Southbank to see the fireworks. After you’ve properly relaxed and taken in the sites of the city your local will lead you back towards Camden Town via Chalk Farm, pointing out where the best places to see live music are in the many music venues and clubs of the area.

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Camden Town, Markets & Downtown: Highlights Private Tour

9. Camden Town, Markets & Downtown: Highlights Private Tour

Explore the incredible city of London on this fantastic private walking city tour. Discover the secrets, and highlights that London has to offer. Discover the beautiful St. Paul's Cathedral and its magnificent dome, one of the largest in the world. Visit the old theatre where Shakespeare used to perform his plays. Have the opportunity to visit a famous gallery that served as a stage for the Harry Potter Saga. Cross the Thames River via the beautiful Tower Bridge as you contemplate the medieval Towers of London, the old building that witnessed the history of the city, one of the most important in London. Walk around the different markets and feel the different tastes, smells, and colors that London and its markets have to offer. Visit the open-air shops and the most authentic corners of the market in Camden Town, considered the most underground market in the world. Be surprised by the eccentric looks of the local people, and have fun entering the craziest and most original shops in the world. Admire everything from street DJs, to clothes sales of all kinds and styles. Your guide will ensure that you drink one of the best coffees in town in a charming coffee shop. 

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What people are saying about Camden Town

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 80 reviews

The lady that took us, was very informative and very kind, it was a lovely hour, and we saw some beautiful buildings, some wild dogs as we sailed past the zoo, stunning ❤️

A hidden gem. Excellent commentary along the way would recommend this when visiting London as you don't realise until you embark how close to the city centre you are.

Lovely trip, great commentary and really interesting. Just wish it had been longer!

Tour guide was very kind and knowledgable about Regent's canal so I enjoyed a lot.

Our guide was excellent and really knew her subject