- 1 Things to know about Little Venice.
- 2 How to get to Little Venice
- 3 GoBoat London
- 4 Architecture around Little Venice
- 5 Pubs in Little Venice
- 6 Things to do around Little Venice
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Amongst the hustle and bustle of this great city is a rather quaint corner known as Little Venice. Little Venice is one such hidden gems of this city and one of the things to do in London.
Based in the heart of the city is a small section of waterways. This waterway provides a tranquil spot for Londoners and the millions of visitors each year. This is where the Grand and Union Canal meet and home to the narrowboats for many years.
Things to know about Little Venice.
Historically some parts of Paddington and Maida Vale around the canals were referred as London’s Venice. This was due to the waterways but only later on Little was added to this. The name was attributed by the poet Robert Browning who lived here and Lord Byron who compared it to Venice.
How to get to Little Venice
Little Venice is easily accessible by Public Transport. You can get to Little Venice by bus or Warwick Avenue tube station on the Bakerloo Line.
If you are looking to travel by car then the closest post code would be W9 2PF. If you visit the area on a Sunday there is plenty of free parking around this area.
There are a few private companies that operate a lunch cruise on the canal.
A water bus service operates from Little Venice to Camden Town and is a great way to enjoy the Canal on a bright summer’s day. The water bus passes through Regent’s Park and you can hop off at the famous London Zoo if you want.
I could not think of a better way of enjoying Little Venice than getting on a GoBoat with a beverage and picnic on board. GoBoat London is the only self-drive, powered boating experience and the best way to see the life on the Canal.
Start your ride from their base on Merchants Square and sail down the Canal to Little Venice. You do not require no previous experience to get on one of their boats.
The boats are eco friendly and made from 80% recycled bottles and wood so get ready to go GoBoat.
You can get all the details about GoBoat here – https://goboat.co.uk/
Little Venice is the perfect get away from the crowds and rush of the City and a very popular spot for Londoners especially in the summer.
Architecture around Little Venice
It is not just the canal but the whole area itself is beautiful with majority of the buildings built in Regency style architecture with white painted stucco facades and a photographer’s paradise. Little Venice is one of London’s prime residential areas and a house could set you back millions. The area boasts of some of the finest independent shops and restaurants that you could walk into and spend a few hours as well.
Pubs in Little Venice
There are a few pubs and restaurants that have become synonymous with the area such as the Waterside café, The Summerhouse Restaurant and Café LaVille.
The Summerhouse is a favourite and can be very busy on a sunny day so make sure to book a table in advance.
We visited the Café La Ville which has some stunning views overlooking the canal and for a moment I forgot I was in London.
Things to do around Little Venice
There are a few attractions along the canal one of them being the Canal Café Theatre which hosts several shows, dramas and comedy events through the summer months.
The Bridge House a traditional English pub is in the same building as the Canal Cafe Theatre and is the perfect place to have a pint in the old fashion English way.
Another great attraction to visit is The Puppet Theatre which is on a converted barge and seats around 55 people. It is mainly moored in Little Venice through the year but makes its way down the Thames touring in the summer months.
The perfect afternoon spent exploring Little Venice in London.
So next time you are in London make sure you don’t miss this hidden gem.
If you enjoyed Little Venice you might enjoy visiting the Royal Exchange in London.