BRIAN SPENCER Wrote “A Canal Runs Through It,”
Everything Spencer knew, or thought he knew, about London changed on a brief visit in 2013, the first time he’d returned to the city in seven years. “Like so many tourists, I hadn’t ventured far into the more northern and eastern areas of London. But once I did, something just clicked,” he says. “My newfound infatuation with the city continues to deepen the more I explore it. There’s a certain energy, sense of humor, and good spirit here that’s so infectious—and the thriving food and craft beer scenes are brilliant, too.” The Singaporebased freelance writer now tries to spend at least three months a year in London, and enjoys few things more than a long morning run on the Regent’s Canal towpath, racing past scores of moored houseboats and dodging speeding bicyclists, menacing Canada geese, and, at night, the occasional fox.