One of the many pleasures of living in this neighbourhood is being just a stroll away from Regent’s Canal.
In the summertime, the waterside transforms into an open-air theatre showcasing the area’s mix of families, boaters, cyclists, fishermen, Camden trendies and random crackpots.
It’s a great place to take the babes for a walk and check out the boathouses, watch ducks paddle by and maybe stop for a quick drink at one of the pubs along the way.
Last night, we saw the canal in a whole new light.
The Night Time Illuminated Narrowboats event, part of the Reveal King’s Cross festival, was a night filled with wonder and delight.
We crossed the footbridge of multi-coloured lights leading to other light installations including a mini lighthouse and a brightly lit swan figure floating on a boat.
Dramatic figures loomed and we made shadow puppets on a wall lit from the other side of the canal.
We stopped in front of a spectacular tree lit from behind over water so still that its mirror image held us transfixed. It was like being in some enchanted forest.
‘You’re brave parents!’ observed one passer-by as Ezra zipped ahead in the semi-darkness with mama calling ‘stay away from the edge’ and ‘watch out for the bike!’.
Despite his daredevil antics, we felt quite safe out with the kids and they were clearly having a ball.
But on the walk back, Jed had just about had enough.
He was about to let us know it, loudly, when we reached the illuminated bridge again and it worked like a charm.
‘There are lights in Jed’s eyes!’ Ezra said.
We were all alight on the journey back home.
Last show tonight (Apr 25) from 7-11pm. Find out more about Reveal on the web site.