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Monday, 2 September 2013

Little Venice

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Little Venice is a residential area of North West London built where the Regent's Canal meets the Paddington arm of the Grand Union Canal. The postcodes in this area are mainly W2 and W9. It is easy to access by bus or tube, the nearest station being Warwick Avenue on the Bakerloo line. Paddington Station is just one stop away and Oxford Circus can be reached in about 15 minutes.

Stuccoed period houses, Victorian mansions and Edwardian buildings can be found on the wide, tree-lined streets of Little Venice. There is a great feeling of space here and there are some impressive secret gardens. The canals have many house boats moored along the banks, decorated in bright colours with tubs of flowers on the roofs. There is a diverse population living in this part of London making it an interesting and vibrant part of London.

Before the canals were built in 1801 this area of London was not very pretty. As the canals gained importance and roads were built around it, houses began to appear along the waterside. The Church Commissioners owned a large number of the properties, but the place was still run down and dirty until the 1950s.

Much of London was destroyed during the Second World War, but the area around Little Venice was almost untouched. The buildings were updated and some of the area around Brownings' Pond was changed which reduced the expanse of water. Some of the Italianate buildings that were here were removed at this time too. The name Little Venice was introduced more widely after this to make the area sound more appealing and soon it became vibrant and popular.

Today Little Venice has many great features which attract visitors. The canals have good walkways that go up to London Zoo and through to Camden. Along the tow paths are nice spots to sit a while and people watch or feed the swans, ducks and geese. There is also a boat service which runs regularly from here.

The Waterside Caf'e is a well-know eatery located on the water's edge. Nearby the Warwick Castle pub is another great place to stop. Other restaurants and bars are dotted along the tow path too. For the children there is a Puppet Theatre Barge, and a comedy theatre can be found a little further along.

Little Venice is dotted with individual shops with a local feel. Not too far away Paddington and the Edgware Road offer a larger selection of the high-street favourites. Church Street Market is not too far away either.

The area known as Little Venice is very pretty and close to all the city of London has to offer. Tourism hasn't reached here in big way so it remains a secret for the locals to keep. As it is a very desirable place to live for families, individuals and couples, the price of property has gone up considerably.
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