Regent’s Canal Heritage aims to keep the Regent’s and Hertford Union canals’ heritage alive.

We gather and share peoples’ stories of the canal – the Cut – in the 20th century. From 1820, the Regent’s Canal was the artery of commerce feeding London’s nationwide and international trade. From Regent’s Canal Dock (now Limehouse Basin), the Regent’s Canal runs through the heart of the East End, Shoreditch and Islington to Paddington Basin and then, as the Grand Union Canal, to the Midlands. Our focus is on the eastern reach of the canal from Islington to Limehouse and includes the Herford Union Canal or Ducketts. For 200 years the Regent’s Canal has provided livelihoods, recreation and an adventure playground to generations. Now, the old landmarks sit cheek by jowl with brand-new developments. But the canals’ influence on us lives on.

Delve inside

What a tome of information and pictures giving a fully rounded history of the East End Canals from a local’s perspective. A joy to read. You will slaver over the exceptional images too.

Our Learning Pack is going to knock your socks off. From Timelines of the Regent’s Canal; an I Spy type booklet; the Islington quiz  and much much more…

~ Announcements ~

Hold that date

East End Canal Festival

July 17-18 – next year


Our new films

We’re pleased to announce two new films from Regent’s Canal Heritage produced during Lockdown: Canal Connections and Canal Tales


London Canal Museum’s exhibition

Industrial Islington, built around material from Islington Canal Heritage is now on display in the Museum and on line.



Last chance to enter London Canal Museum’s photography competition.

Deadline: 28 October 2020

Help people in 200 years time see what the canal was like in its 200th year.