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.

What's on in Little Venice

Canalway Cavalcade

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Little Venice between Blomfield Rd, Warwick Avenue and Warwick Crescent, W9 2PB
  2. Sat May 3 - Mon May 5
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  1. Temple Studios 31 London Street, W2 1DJ
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Jun 29
Buy tickets
  1. Puppet Theatre Barge Little Venice, Blomfield Rd, W9 2PF
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun May 18
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  1. Canal Café Theatre Bridge House Pub, Delamere Terrace, W2 6ND
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Jun 29
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What to do in Little Venice

Jason's Canal Boat Trip

Jason's Trip navigates the picturesque route along Regent's Canal from Little Venice, through Regent's Park, on to Camden Lock and back again. The boat is more than 100 years old and the trip, which includes a live historical commentary and lasts for 45min each way, has been a feature on the canal since 1951. A canal boat, the Dusk ’til Dawn, can also be booked for parties.

  1. Jason's Yard, opposite 60 Blomfield Rd, Little Venice, W9 2PD
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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.

  1. 12-13 New Wharf Rd, N1 9RT
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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.

  1. 58 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF
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Where to eat near Little Venice

Pearl Liang

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 8 Sheldon Square, W2 6EZ
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Kateh

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 5 Warwick Place, W9 2PX
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Amoul

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  1. 14 Formosa Street, W9 1EE
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Summerhouse

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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  1. opposite 60 Blomfield Rd, W9 2PA
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Pubs and bars in Little Venice

Waterway

  • Rated as: 3/5
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  1. 54 Formosa Street, W9 2JU
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Idlewild

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Offer
  1. 55 Shirland Rd, W9 2JD
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  1. 5A Formosa Street, W9 1EE
Book online

Bridge House

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. 13 Westbourne Terrace Road, W2 6NG
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Users say

9 comments
kevin adams
kevin adams

As i am going to london this weekend and was looking for a place to have some good food and wine afer looking at littel venice on you web i shall be visiting on saturday night

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

jimjam
jimjam

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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.

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