Monday, 24 June 2013

The City beckons again.

After the tremendous pleasure and excitement of our day in Barking Creek we returned (safely by train again!) to Limehouse Marina.  In the late evening most of the crews from our happy flotilla met up in “The Grapes”, which is just down the road, for a few drinks and the necessary chin wag about the day.  Thank you, once again St Pancras Cruising Club. 


The wonderful night time view we all had from the balcony of The Grapes.  Antony Gormleys statue in the foreground.

On Sunday we made our way towards Kings Cross by way of the Hertfordshire Union Canal………


……… which meant we had to take the Limehouse Cut and go up through Old Ford Lock (Big Breakfast House!).  After the lock we turned down the Hertfordshire Union and headed towards the Regents Canal.  This is ‘The Fit Controller’ in charge of Old Ford Lock!


We passed the Olympic Stadium again (another picture of it in case they decide to pull it down with everything else)


Having got onto the Hertfordshire Union Canal we were treated to some very talented graffiti at most of the locks, together with a variety of supermarket bags in the canal which regularly got wound round the prop!  Oh well.


Doug asked James to take a few photos of Adrian and himself working the locks.  Sadly, James seemed not to be able to snap anything remotely connected with work!


Oh, maybe something might be happening now!


Yes – there seems to be a little activity in the distance!  Sorry, only joking.   We had a great couple of days with Adrian aboard and he certainly did his share of the work.

After the Hertfordshire Union Canal (long name – short canal!), we joined up with the Regents Canal.  At Kings Cross we moored up on the secure moorings and were welcomed (immediately as usual) by the very helpful and happy security staff. 


Adrian had to leave us in the afternoon but not before we had a last meal together at Prezzo in Kings Cross.  Thanks for your company Adrian – we had a super time with you and we’re looking forward to the next time.

For the rest of the day we did a bit of shopping and then ended up in Soho for a drink (seemed to have got on the wrong bus!). We returned to ‘Chance’ by 10:30 for a bit of cheese on toast and an early night this time. 


  1. Which way are you guys heading, we should be in London in about a week!
    Paul and El

  2. Hi paul and elaine, have sent you an email. We were hoping we might see you.