Wander along the waterways of this wealthy London district to see grand mansions and quaint houseboats.
True to its name, canals carve up the picturesque terrain of Little Venice. Boat trips offer views of affluent neighborhoods fringed with lovely trees and waterways. Stroll along the canals and pick your favorite narrowboat from the rows of colorful vessels moored here.
Take a boat trip on the canal for views of the impressive mansions along the shore. Note landmarks such as the Lord’s Cricket Ground, Winfield House and the London Central Mosque.
Learn about the history of this scenic area and its name. Dating back to the early 19th century, the canals were part of an initiative to develop new transport links across England. Poets Robert Browning and Lord Byron have both been credited with comparing this area of London to the Italian city of canals.
Relax at a waterside café and enjoy a pleasant vista of the canal. Walk alongside the canal to reach the series of locks at Regent’s Canal and Grand Union and see where they join the River Thames. A little to the north of Little Venice is Primrose Hill, which has famous views of central London.
Attend a comedy performance at the Canal Café Theatre or see a children’s show at the Puppet Theatre Barge, which is moored in Little Venice from October to July. Hop on the boat service to London Zoo, home to one of the largest collections of animals in the U.K.
Walk north for 1 mile (2 kilometers) from Warwick Avenue to reach Abbey Road, an iconic site known for its appearance on the cover of the Beatles’ namesake album.
Little Venice is in the northwestern part of London, just north of Paddington and southwest of Regent’s Park. Ride a bus to one of the many stops in the neighborhood, or take the London Underground here.
Relish the tranquil and relaxing atmosphere of Little Venice, a welcome contrast to the fast pace of the business district and other central parts of London.