London Waterbus Company
This enclosed barge runs enjoyable 50-minute trips on Regent’s Canal between Little Venice and Camden Lock, passing by Regent’s Park and...
Grand Union Canal
Dating to the early 19th century, the Grand Union Canal actually finishes up in Birmingham (you can journey much of its entire length by...
Housed in a gorgeous, art deco building, the Porchester is a no-frills spa run by Westminster Council. With a 30m swimming pool, a large...
Don’t come here for the selection of beer or ales or the expensive nosh; this place, hard by the Grand Union Canal in Little Venice, is...
This tiny, cosy and vividly decorated basement place excels in Moroccan-style couscous and tagines (spicy stews cooked in an...
Little Venice information
It was Lord Byron who dreamed up this evocative phrase to describe the junction between Regent’s Canal and the Grand Union Canal , a confluence overseen by beautiful mansions and navigated by colourful narrow boats. The canals go back to the early 19th century when the government was trying to develop new transport links across the country.
The Grand Union Canal actually finishes up in Birmingham (you can journey much of its entire length by bicycle): horse-drawn barges were ideal to carry coal and other bulk commodities such as grain or ice. Little Venice is an important mooring point for narrow boats (many of them permanent homes), which keeps the boating spirit bubbling away.