Little Venice is a picturesque residential area interspersed with waterways. Its name was coined by poet Robert Browning, who lived here in the late 19th century, to affectionately describe the pretty collection of streets around the junctions of two canals – Grand Union Canal and Regent’s Canal – but today it is used to refer to the whole W9 area south of Maida Vale.
The tranquil canal between Little Venice and Camden Lock is one of London’s most romantic places and a popular destination for tourists and locals who come to enjoy scenic water-side walks, eat in charming artisan restaurants and leisurely watch colourful narrow houseboats float by.
The sought-after canal side district with its weeping willow lined avenues and grand, creamy stucco houses – many of which were designed by celebrated architect John Nash – is maintained to an enviably high standard that commands premium prices.
- Closest underground stations are Maida Vale and Warwick Avenue (both in zone 2) on the Bakerloo line.
- On the overground Paddington station is nearby and has a fast rail link – the Heathrow Express – to Heathrow airport.
- There are various buses offering 24-hour services, as well as a regular waterbus service which operates from Little Venice eastwards around Regent’s Park, calling at London Zoo and on towards Camden Town.
FOOD & DRINK
- Pearl Liang – Treat yourself to gloriously tasty Chinese.
- Summerhouse – Waterside restaurant serves delightful seafood.
- Waterways – Stylish bar-restaurant http://www.vitaproperties.co.uk/wp-admin/admin.php?page=fs-real-estate-plugin/hooks.phphas a wide terrace.
- The Warwick Castle – Traditional pub with great atmosphere.
- Coffee Tree café – Relax and sip a hot drink in oasis of calm.
THINGS TO DO
- Canal side Cavalcade – Annual May Day event is the largest gathering of canal boats in one UK location.
- News Revue – World’s longest running live comedy show at Canal Café Theatre.
- Jason’s Canal Boat Trip – Sail the picturesque route along Regent’s Canal from Little Venice on a 100-year-old boat.
- London Canal Museum – Explore the people, vessels, trade and wildlife of the capital’s canals.