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The beautiful canalside walk in East London which makes you feel like you’re in Belgium

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The beautiful canalside walk in East London which makes you feel like you're in Belgium

One of East London’s best kept secrets is its canals.

This area doesn’t just have one, not two, but three canals. Plus, there’s the River Thames not too far away.

Not very many people, even those who live in these areas, know about these spots along the canals.

These spots are perfect to head to if you live nearby, and they look Instagram-ready no matter what the weather.

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Limehouse Canal

If you go to the spot where the Limehouse Canal meets the Thames, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the sky, with Canary Wharf to the east and views of London across the Thames.

If you fancy the broad, open views of the city skyline, this is where to go.

Three Mills

These old-fashioned buildings make you feel like you’re in Bruges in Belgium instead of London, don’t they?

The Three Mills Bromley by Bow, between Newham and Tower Hamlets, is just off the Limehouse Cut.

These buildings used to be mills and have existed for around 400 years, and what’s more, they are actually on an island.

And thanks to how dramatic these buildings look, they’ll look great in your pictures whether the sun is shining or if it’s a stormy winter day.

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Regent’s Canal

We might not be able to visit Venice, but look at these stunning greenery and industrial, brick buildings lining Regent’s Canal along Victoria Park.

This particular pathway is full of interesting little spots, like dramatic weeping willows (which looks dramatic even in winter) and old, rusted canal locks.

If you want to get away from city life, but can’t – for obvious reasons – explore the canals around Victoria Park.

River Lea

Regent’s Canal may be London’s famous canal, but River Lea in Stratford is another stunner.

If you follow River Lea up towards Stratford, you’ll come onto this gorgeous river opening just by Olympic Park.

In typical Hackney Wick fashion, you can grab a takeaway drink or snack from one of the floating eateries here (yes, those boats aren’t just boats, they’re also restaurants) on your walk.