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Little Venice

Regent's park, London W2 1TH, England
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Ranked #369 of 1,105 Attractions in London
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Picturesque London neighborhood marked by its canal waterway and broad tree-lined streets, Little Venice was built between 1810 and 1870 and was the... more » Owner description: Picturesque London neighborhood marked by its canal waterway and broad tree-lined streets, Little Venice was built between 1810 and 1870 and was the popular haunt of many artists, writers and scientists. « less
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Victoria, BC
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Meg's narrowboat "Jessie" is tied up in the still canal waters of Little Venice, just steps from bustling Paddington Station. A true oasis of quietness. Jessie is a floating home 2 metres wide and 18 metres in length. All the comforts of home. Booked through airbnb, we have now stayed here on two occasions. A true delight!

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

After struggling to find our way out of the newly refurbished section of Paddington we made our way to Paddington Basin and found the Little Venice and the waterbus which takes you past London Zoo to Camden lock. It was a bit expensive and the seating not very comfortable- the bench seats only wide enough for one and a half... More

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Visited Little Venice on an August weekday and had a great time. Took the waterbus to Camden Lock which was lovely - interesting old canal boats lining the sides and some lovely big houses to look at too. Also fun to pass through London Zoo & see the aviary. Combined with Camden Lock market it was a really fun &... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Little Venice is rather a grand name for what is essentially a small stretch of canal with some barges/narrowboats and a few eateries.We went mid-week on a day that threatened rain. I can appreciate that it would be more atmospheric on a hot day if there was a festival or market. We took a boat trip to Camden which was... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I was heading to my 1 hour canal ride as part of my London's pass. I walked up to this area from the Warwick station on the Tube. It is a quaint little area. Along the canal, are so many very cool looking canal boats both old and new. Imagine the history behind them and the canal. There were even... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Was expecting lots of intertwining canals and a romantic vibe due to its name. However, we were greeted by algae filled canal full of tourists on barges. If you're in the area stop by otherwise don't make a special trip.

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portsmouth UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We've been meaning to go here for ages and got round to it on this visit to London. Walking distance to Warwick Ave tube or Paddington tube/mainline. It a quirky, characterful neighbourhood with a real mix of housing stock, lovely canal and basin (go to the Waterside Cafe for a coffee and cake) and an equal mix of people. It... More

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Vevey, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

What a nice discovery! on a nice and sunny July mid week day we walked from Padington alongside the canal towards Warwick avenue. This is an absolutely charming area of London with both wealthy houses and arty canal boats. Alongside the canal we found several lovely bars and eateries, we sat in one of them on the water and had... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Walk up an alleyway at the side of Paddington Station, and you've arrived at Paddington Basin. Walk up the Regents Canal towpath to where the London Waterbus Company boats depart from, and take a trip to Camden Lock and Market- a real eye-opener! You can go one way, or buy a return ticket with at least an hour at Camden... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Yes Little Venice is pretty and an oasis in the city but we had hoped for a cup of tea or early evening drink and there was nowhere to have one by the canal. The boat café had just shut and the only nearby pub had no canal view and the outside seats were all taken. Walking back to Paddington... More

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