By Stefan Wermuth
A walk from the Olympic side to ‘Little Venice’ along the Hertford Union canal and the Regents Canal.
I started my journey at the Overground station Hackney Wick. You will not find Hackney Wick in a travel guide under ‘highlights’ or ‘things to do’ but it has his own charm and its own ‘highlights’.
One of the ‘Highlights’ is also my culinary tip. Half-way between the station and the access to the Hertford Union canal is the cafe “The Griddlers”, located next to a car conversion shop. It’s a breakfast point for workers around the Olympic construction side. There is no Goût Mieux plate at the door but it’s authentic and the people are very friendly. The food is honest and cheap. I tried meal number 6 – scrambled eggs, baked beans, sausages and buttered toast. While eating number 6, I enjoyed looking at replicas of Paul Fischer’s ‘Girls bathing” and Jack Vettriano’s ‘Mad Dogs’.
Beginning the walk just next to the Olympic stadium, the Hertford Union canal makes its way past Victoria Park to end at Regent’s Canal. Colorful houseboats and barges line the waterway.
An elderly man swinging a can of beer said ‘’The East End will be a ghost town next year after the Olympics. They’re leaving only poor people. You will see!”