Where is Little Venice in London?
Just minutes from Paddington Station and Warwick Avenue, Little Venice is a beautiful little honey pot location where the Regent’s Canal meets the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal. Little Venice is a little village in the borough of Westminster where Regent’s Canal meets Grand Junction Canal. It’s cut between Paddington, Maida Vale and Warrick Avenue.
Lined with beautiful Georgian and Victorian townhouses, willow trees, and canal waterways. Beautiful architecture, some of which was designed by John Nash who designed the beautiful Regents Park that I showed you over the summer.
The name Little Venice is thought to have been coined by the poet Robert Browning and has now come to mean the whole area to the south of Maida Vale.
How To Get to Little Venice In London
Unlike Venice where visitors will most likely arrive by boats, water taxi or the Vaporetto water buses. You will get to Little Venice by Train or bus if you choose. The nearest tube stations are Warrick Avenue and Paddington Station. You can also get here having explored the Camden area and then jump on one of the long boats to Little Venice.
- Get to LittleVenice by tube – the nearest tube station is Warwick Avenue but you can also walk from Edgeware Station, Paddington Station
- Get to Little Venice by overground train – Paddington Main Line station
- Get to Little Venice by car – Parking in this area is incredibly difficult also expensive. Its a lot easier and easy enough to walk to Little Venice is from the tube stations mentioned above than to drive here.
- Get to Little Venice by boat – just past the Toll House canal cottage, there are moorings for narrowboats. Many are pre-bookable moorings. Mant with narrow boats travel around the UK and visit Little Venice.
Restaurants in London’s Little Venice
There is a vast array of cafes and restaurants in Little Venice ensuring you never leave it long between exploring and refueling. My favourite is the Little Venice Waterside Cafe. Here you can sit on the boat or on the pavement next to the boat. You can pretend to be in Venice while dining in the many restaurants or gastropub surround in the area; from a Scandinavian-inspired -The Waterwayeatery on the bank of the canal to highly rated dim sum at Pearl Liang.
Food Spots Near Little Venice – Nearby: Edgeware Road
Things to do in London’s Little Venice
Little Venice To Camden
Active Sports on the canals
Little Venice Canal Trip Tours And Museums
Tours: You can either walk or take a boat up the canal, with several operators offering guided boat or walking tours. Check out Get Your Guide for London tours and those in Camden and Little Venice. There are several boat companies, but one I have personally used with my friends was Jason Canal Trip which navigates the picturesque routes along Regents canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock, passing London Zoo and Regents Park surrounding areas.
The tour also comes with live commentary lasting about 45 minutes. You can buy a single or return ticket if you want a return journey back to Little Venice or you can stay and mingle and check out Camden Market. You can also walk from Little Venice all the way to Camden Lock. The walk is about 30 minutes.
Canal Museum: This is not in Little Venice but still on the canals by in Kings Cross. You can also head to the London Canal Museum which is housed in a nineteenth-century ice warehouse. The museum looks at the history of the waterways and those who worked in them. It also includes an exhibit of the little-known trade in ice imported from Norway which was once stored in the huge wells beneath the museum. From here you can also walk to Camden Lock or head back to Little Venice
More Little Venice London Canal Trips
Other Places of Interest Near Little Venice
Primrose Hill: If time permits you can also combine your visit to Little Venice with a visit to Primrose Hill, which offers some of the best views of London. You can walk to Primrose Hill via the 5 km Regent’s Canal Walk which starts at the picturesque Little Venice and takes in the scenic Regent’s Canal, Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill before arriving at Camden Lock. Wander to the top, check out the views take a few snaps, and then continue back down on the canal.
ZSL London Zoo: Also located along the canal is the London Zoo. A perfect addition for animal lovers and those exploring with kids.
Little Venice London Map
Below is Little Venice map illustrating showcasing Paddington’s cultural gems such as landmark footbridges, the Grand Union Canal and Little Venice, pretty narrowboats, public art pieces, beautiful park gardens and even daring paddle-boarders to surround Paddington Station.
Little Venice Events To Check Out
Little Venice Hotels | Hotels Near Little Venice.
Little Venice sits along the Regents Canal. Its also close to Paddington which is a fairly busy area(due to being close to Paddington Station – one of London’s main transport hubs) and not one that is easy on the budget but you will definitely find something for everyone. For hotels near Little Venice check out the list of hotels in Camden, Paddington, Regents Park and Kings Cross.
If you want to specifically stay on a boat in London then check out The Good Hotel(former dutch prison) and Sunborn Hotel that are both beautiful hotel boats located on the Royal Victoria Docks. Another one is an Airbnb called Jessie the Narrow Boat. You can get £14 off Airbnb with my link. For a full list of London accommodation option covering all budgets and includes apartments, hotels, hostels, and boats in London check out this list of hotels in London.