"How did you find out about this canal?" inquired a random woman who chatted with me about the swans.
"My brother lives nearby so I thought I ought to have a look."
"You're lucky then. This is one of the most beautiful areas in London."
While Grand Union Canal is certainly not one of London's most well-known tourist attractions, it's utterly charming and romantic with the sweet chime of bicycle bells echoing under its bridges, colourful houseboats, and elegant swans. brring. brring. The narrow lane along the canal is filled with local joggers and bicyclists and the people you meet along the way are exceedingly friendly. This area has a quaint village feel to it and I suppose this is just one of the many varied faces of London I will encounter on my explorations and wanderings about town.
All photography by Shehani Kay. This bit of canal is in the Islington area: from Colebrooke Row to Southgate Road.