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Little Venice area guide

Make the most of London's most picturesque narrowboat hangout with our guide to Little Venice

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Directly north of Paddington is the tranquil pocket affectionately known as Little Venice. The area is a popular tourist attraction mainly due to the picturesque canals with Narrowboat cruises travelling between Little Venice and Camden Lock. Treat yourself to gloriously juicy Chinese at Pearl Liang, seafood delights at Summerhouse or a spot of light entertainment at the Canal Café. Use Time Out's guide to London's inner-city oasis to find restaurants, pubs and things to do near Little Venice.

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Restaurants

Flamingos Eatery

A Caribbean restaurant and bar on Chippenham Mews, Maida Vale. Expect authentic bits and bobs alongside 'new-Caribbean' cuisine, courtesy of Duda Donya and Sharea Samuels. 

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Waterway
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Waterway

The chief selling point of this stylish bar-restaurant is its wide terrace, so close to the Regent’s Canal that you can touch the bobbing barges. It’s quite pricey, but the clientele are happy to keep ordering as long as the sun keeps shining (you may find the interior completely empty of a July lunchtime), and it’s not as if the venue is cutting corners in its provisions. Cocktails (around £8) come in fairly standard categories, but the quality of the mixes and the spirit bases need little gimmickry, and all syrups and purées are made on-site. The wine list is long: of the 50-ish varieties, a dozen are served by the half-litre carafe, the bottle or two sizes of glass; if you’re just after a vin de pays to plonk into an ice bucket near the lap of the water, it’ll come in around £16. A flatscreen TV has been placed in front of a sofa for rainy days, though it’s just as nice to watch the barges from inside.

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Clifton Nurseries
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Clifton Nurseries

Visiting London’s stateliest centre, established in 1851, fills the amateur gardener with longing and enthusiasm. From the gorgeous stucco mansions of Little Venice you enter a horticulturalist’s paradise, via a shady drive lined with topiarised box trees in lavish pots. Fortunately, good looks aren’t Clifton’s only selling point. Helpful and knowledgeable staff are able to steer you toward sensible purchases for your patch. The centre’s impressive exotics are pampered in a large hothouse – head inside for carnivorous plants, fragrant gardenias, cacti and succulents, and fleshy tender tropicals. There’s a huge flowering shrub and perennial section, as well as a lovely indoor shop featuring tools and accessories, stacks of books and lots of lovely ceramics for outdoors and indoors. Non-gardeners might like to enquire about the legendary Clifton design and landscaping service.

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Things to do in Little Venice

London Canal Museum
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London Canal Museum

The people, vessels, trade and wildlife of the capital’s canals are explored in the London Canal Museum. The museum is housed in a former nineteenth-century ice warehouse, used by Carlo Gatti for his ice cream, and includes an exhibit on the little-known trade in ice imported from Norway and once stored in two huge wells beneath the museum. This is perhaps the most interesting part of the London Canal Museum; the collection looking at the history of the waterways and those who worked in them is rather sparse by comparison.

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London Waterbus Company
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London Waterbus Company

Navigate Regent's Canal in a narrowboat with The London Waterbus Company. Trips run along the Regent's Canal linking Little Venice, Regent's Park, London Zoo and Camden Lock. Warwick Avenue is the closest tube if you are catching the boat from Little Venice.

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Comments

9 comments
John Michael R
John Michael R

Lovely scenic surroundings, marred only by the high rates of crime including violence against the person, robbery, car crime etc.  

Mike M
Mike M

Here's an image of Little Venice on a chilly morning. Very lovely place to have a stroll.

Nahla Al-Ageli
Nahla Al-Ageli

Little Venice Update: Vicki's on Clifton Road has changed ownership and management in the last three months. After major renovations, the venue is to reopen in a few days as Molly's at Little Venice: http://www.mollysatlittlevenice.co.uk/. Still keeping plenty of the old Vicki's favourite dishes and very friendly and welcoming staff. The new owner has gone to extra lengths to make the place better and updating the decor all for a fresh new 2013 start. Even in the cold weather, you'll get not just the outside heaters but blankets as well.

jimjam
jimjam

Little venice is lovely. For the opposite, rough and ready yet uber trendy, try frank's campari bar in peckham. Situated on the top of a disused carpark, it is the spot for the new shoreditch crowd. Jah http://www.buddha-botanicals.com

Nahla Al-Ageli
Nahla Al-Ageli

Vicki's best for breakfast, lunch or brunch and is open 9am-4.30pm. Best loved for her traditional English fry-up breakfasts, there is also a good selection of ciabatta sandwiches, fish cakes and other specials. Truly, Vicki's is the most welcoming and friendly in the area and busy outside when the weather is good. You can also bring your own wine at a surcharge. Summer may see al-fresco dining Thur-Sat nights.

J1
J1

yes, please go ahead with a review of Vicki's Cafe ..I think i might check out this little pocket of london sometime soon!!

Nahla Al-Ageli
Nahla Al-Ageli

I'm a Little Venetian and have noticed that you haven't mentioned the cafes in Little Venice that the locals frequent, in particular Vicki's Cafe on Clifton Road. If you like, I can do a quick review for you as I know the area quite well and there are other places also that are not covered in your guide. Would love to contribute.

Nahla Al-Ageli
Nahla Al-Ageli

I'm a Little Venetian and have noticed that you haven't mentioned the cafes in Little Venice that the locals frequent, in particular Vicki's Cafe on Clifton Road. If you like, I can do a quick review for you as I know the area quite well and there are other places also that are not covered in your guide. Would love to contribute.