Sunday 04 August 2013 – Fish Island, Hackney Wick, London.
It was another fine day and El’s last day off before she heads back to work, so a walk followed by lunch and a glass of rose were definitely in order. It was also the day of the big London bike ride, with thousands expected to turn out at Olympic Park for the start of the ride. Naturally we decided to walk around the canal at Hackney Wick, right next door to the Olympic stadium was in order. Neither of us had been there before and the canal tow paths are always great to walk on, plus I knew there was a load of street art to look at!
We left home sort of early, definitely before lunch anyway and seemed to miss the crowds at Olympic Park. All credit to the designers of the area as it just absorbs loads and loads of people seemingly with out crowding. The Olympic stadium itself is still closed though.
The canals at Hackney Wick are behind the stadium and the new Energy Centre, but away from where the bike ride was starting and it was fairly quite there, a nice place for a stroll.
We walked around Fish Island (which is not really an island at all !) for a while, watching this canal boat work its way through the locks up towards the Regents Canal. There are a huge number of boats on the canals at the moment, and I frequently see them moving around, but rarely through going the locks.
Some of the locks do not look that welcoming though – I definitely would not swim here…
I liked Fish Island, it is still a little rough, but you can see it is going to be all hipster posh and middle class sooner rather than later and there are loads of new apartments being built nearby. I could see myself living in a warehouse conversion like this though…
It was a great stroll around a part of London new to both of us, followed by a very nice lunch and rose back at Stratford.
There was of course loads of street art to look at too.
This wonderful new piece by Ekta has been the cause of some controversy…
Along with this new mural
I really liked this by Josh Jeavons, I haven’t seen any of his stuff before.
Some unknown artists
I liked this painting on two wooden panels behind bars
I guess this sums it all up for some people 🙂