London Canal Museum

At the London Canal Museum you can see inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London's canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats. Peer down into the unique heritage of a huge Victorian ice well used to store ice imported from Norway and brought by ship and canal boat to be stored. This unique waterways museum is housed in a former ice warehouse built in about 1862-3 for Carlo Gatti, the famous ice cream maker, and features the history of the ice trade and ice cream as well as the canals.

There are two themes in this unusual London museum. London's canals have a fascinating past and you will learn not only how they came to be built but about the lives of the workers, the cargoes, horses and how canals work. We are a waterways museum first and foremost, but also an industrial museum telling the story of the ice industry in London. It is the only London museum of inland waterways and is situated at King's Cross, an accessible central location. It is suitable for adults and children and it is fully accessible to all visitors.

Exhibitions and events

ICE Project launch day

Permanent exhibition

Hear a brass band play in the ice wells, meet "Mrs Marshall", make ice cream the Victorian way, see the new ice well llighting light up the underground space, and more!

Talk: Canal People

Event on 05.04.2018 19:30

Illustrated talk: Canal People by Tony Condor. Tony will call on his experience of 25 years at the helm of the National Waterways Museum, then at Gloucester, to tell us about the lives of those who...

Talk: The New River

Event on 03.05.2018 19:30

Illustrated talk: The New River, by Richard Thomas. London's first major man-made waterway, the New River was constructed by the New River Company in 1607 to bring fresh water from the natural...

Museums at Night Music and Dance Performance

Event on 19.05.2018 19:30

We once again welcome Nomòi, an Italian Contemporary Ensemble, who will give a performance of music and dance by Rosolino Di Salvo entitled The sun in Ulysses. It will be an enchanting, and unusual...

Talk: The East End's Canals - Local Voices

Event on 07.06.2018 19:00

Illustrated talk: The East End's Canals - Local Voices by Carolyn Clark. During 2015-16, a Heritage Lottery part funded project with Laburnum Boat Club gathered information from local people and...

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