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21 lovely spots in Little Venice and Maida Vale

Londoners spill the beans on their favourite things to eat, drink, see and do in the Little Venice and Maida Vale neighbourhoods

By Time Out Tastemakers
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Autumns were made for strolling (or cruising) through picture-perfect Little Venice. Explore like a local with help from the Time Out Tastemakers.

Best breakfast or brunch

‘You can’t miss Cafe Laville for the best brunch with an amazing view of the canal – get yourself a table by the window.’ Angela Lau

Raoul’s on Clifton Road for salmon and eggs. I once saw Jude Law at Raoul’s Deli across the road – swoon.’ Claire Etchell

‘Brunch at The Elgin! Cosy decor and delicious food!’ Alessia Ceccarelli

Best dinner

The Red Pepper Italian restaurant is great – lovely food and staff.’ Inga Schmitt

Le Cochonnet is a lovely fresh pizza place, with a £10 deal for a pizza and a beer.’ Katie Johnson

Da Daniela, a family-run Italian on Shirland Road.’ Claire Etchell

Best pub

The Waterway is a really nice spot for drinks, even in winter. Beautiful location.’ Ioanna Laskari

The Warrington Hotel is fun – and they shot bits of the “Paddington” movie there!’ Inga Schmitt

The Bridge House on the canal shares its location with Canal Cafe Theatre, so you can have a drink and food before the show – great pub fare.’ Annabel-Zoe Lung

Best place to shop

Clifton Greens has the best organic fruit and veg and friendliest staff.’ Claire Etchell

Clifton Nurseries is the go-to for flowers, flower pots, coffee and delicious brunch. Really cute!’ Ioanna Laskari

Best place to relax

Waterside Cafe for cream tea! Especially good if you have a guest from outta town.’ Shona Read

Best place for culture

Canal Cafe Theatre is a brilliant and intimate setting for comedy. Get tickets to see NewsRevue there: you won’t regret it!’ Annabel-Zoe Lung

The Puppet Theatre Barge puts on great shows for kids.’ Sophie Dean

Everyman Maida Vale is an intimate cinema with lounge seats: a great place to have a bottle of wine whilst watching a film.’ Katie Johnson

Best green space

‘The beautiful Rembrandt Gardens, which are so peaceful.’ Lizzie Williamson

Paddington Recreation Ground has a running track, cricket ground, outdoor gym facilities and woodland areas to walk around.’ Claire Etchell

Best thing to do

‘With London Waterbus Company you can board a traditional narrowboat and travel from Little Venice to Camden along the Regent’s Canal: a fantastic experience.’ George Christodoulakis

‘Get a group of friends together and hire one of the canal boats. The Lady A lets you bring all your own food and drink on board and comes with a driver, so you can get tipsy and admire the beautiful view!’ Debbie Hopper

GoBoat rents boats by the hour to go around Little Venice. We brought breakfast on board and had the best time.’ Milena Dvorec

The Canalways Cavalcade is held every May, when canal boats in their hordes gather for a weekend festival with music, stalls and plenty of activities.’ Lizzie Williamson

Your essential guide to Little Venice

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Little Venice area guide

Things to do

Directly north of Paddington is the tranquil pocket affectionately known as Little Venice: a popular tourist attraction due to the picturesque canals with narrowboat cruises travelling between Little Venice and Camden Lock.

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