Little Venice & Regent's Canal
Little Venice, about a square mile within London's Maida Vale district, is one of the more exclusive residential districts in central London. When the Grand Union Canal was opened in 1820, the area was home to artists, writers and prostitutes. Today, Little Venice is a bit more genteel. The area is comprised of about ten tree-lined streets with beautiful 17th century white stucco homes plus shops on Formosa Street and Clifton Gardens. Easy access to Oxford Street, the West End, Paddington Station and even Heathrow make this oasis on near London's canals a much coveted, fashionable and expensive address.
A Self-Guided Walk/Day
You can walk and explore Little Venice and Regent's Canal and make an entire day of it if you like starting with a visit to the London Canal Museum. Or maybe start with breakfast at Café La Ville at the corner of Edgware Road and Aberdeen Place. Walk to Regents Park, up to Primrose Hill for a wonderful commanding view over London and then along Regent's Canal to Camden Market.
That walk is all of about 30 minutes with paved towpath all the way. If you don't want to walk, both Little Venice (TUBE: Warwick Avenue) and Camden (TUBE: Camden Town) are served by the Tube so you can return by the Underground. If you're going to go it alone, we recommend you pick up an Eyewitness Guide to London .
A Guided Walk of Little Venice is offered by The Original London Walks . All you need do is meet Shaughan or Emily just outside the exit of Warwick Avenue on Wednesday 11 AM or on Saturday or Sunday at 2PM with the price of admission.
You can also enjoy a cruise on the Regent's Canal. There are several companies that offer regularly scheduled cruises. See the list below:
Jason's Canal Boat Trips offers cruises on Regent's Canal through Regent's Park to the Camden Lock markets. Enjoy the ride and the historical commentary.
London Canal Cruises Exclusive private charter daytrips on London's picturesque Regents Canal aboard narrowboat "Helix"
Canal and River Cruises is a company that specializes in canal boat trips, lunch and dinner cruises and excursions in London.
London Boat operators a listing for canal boat operators