I spent a sunny Monday walking the Regent’s Canal, from King’s Cross to Kensal Green. It’s a very interesting way to see London – slow, quiet and full of surprises. The moored houseboats are all so different, with their sculptures, roof gardens and gnome yards, while the dark, dark tunnel entrances exert an ambiguous pull. I particularly enjoyed seeing the furtive (cardboard) penguins preparing to dive into the water just beside London Zoo, and the houseleek wall display.
The day ended at Kensal Green Cemetery, worth an entire outing in itself. It’s a textbook of Victorian architectural fads, each tomb more elaborate than the last. The stone hat and gloves were a nice touch. It’s also a perfect place to look for names – the best of the day: Sarah Snowball.