Have you heard of London’s Little Venice?
Filled with narrow boats and alongside charming pubs and tree-lined streets, Little Venice was relatively unscathed during the bombings in World War Two, which means the area retains its original Georgian buildings. Quite an upscale area, the houses here are big and beautiful and lend a charming feeling to this quiet pocket of London.
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From April to November, Canal boats ply Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock. Jason’s Canal Boat Trips are free if you have the London Pass. Also, be sure to check out our post on London boat tours.
London’s Little Venice is tucked away in the residential neighbourhood of Maida Vale. Both the Regent’s Canal and the Grand Union Canal meet together here, creating a small oasis in this northern part of town, and giving the area the name of Little Venice. The closest London Underground station is Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo line), but it is within walking distance of Edgeware Road (Circle, District and Hammersmith lines). We recommend using this link for directions to Little Venice from anywhere in the London area. You can also reach Little Venice from Camden Town by walking along the Regents Canal. Buses: 6, 16, 18, 46, 98, 187, 332, 414
For something cheap and cheerful, treat yourself to a walk along the canal! It is possible to begin your journey in Little Venice and walk along the water all the way into Camden. The walk is beautiful and will take you through Regent’s Park, as well as through London Zoo – actually giving you glimpses into some of the animal habitats inside.
Or spend a few pounds and take a boat. The London Waterbus Company has regular services of longboats traveling up and down the canal. Away from the tourists and crowds of the centre of town, this can be a unique and special activity to partake in. Check out the London Waterbus Company website for more details.
The Canal and River Trust have a self-guided tour of Regents Canal to help you learn more about Little Venice and the surrounding area. You can even take part in a guided tour of Little Venice every Saturday at 2 pm.
If you want to catch a show – you can do that here, too! The Canal Café Theatre has performances, comedy and plays regularly and is far cheaper than other theatres in the West End. Also, there is the Puppet Theatre Bargewhich is pretty self-explanatory! Puppet theatre performed…on a barge!.
It’s also possible to eat and drink well in this neighbourhood. The Bridge House Pub here serves amazing meals and great drinks to match. There is also the Warwick Castle, a popular haunt for locals, it’s tucked down a small side street in Little Venice and is a great place to while away the hours.