A Little Slice of Italy in the Heart of the Capital


Little Venice is secreted in the heart of Maida Vale, and is one of the capital’s most stunning, picturesque neighbourhoods. Its charm is evident everywhere you look, as there is an assortment of quaint and quirky cafes, eateries and independent food shops as well as an abundance of sturdy red-brick mansions, white stucco-fronted terraces and villas.

If you love to relax and unwind by the water, then you are in for a treat. It is where the Regent’s Canal meets the Paddington arm of the Gran then you are in for a treat. It is where the Regent’ts mansions, white stucco-frond Union Canal, and is ideal for those who want to really get away from it all in a peaceful and tranquil environment. The widest stretch of water is known as Browning’s Pool, named after the legendary poet Robert Browning, who lived in the city from 1862 to 1887. There is some heated dispute as to whether or not he or Lord Byron coined the name ‘Little Venice’, but it was not officially adopted until the mid-1950s.

The area was developed straight after the canals opee or Lord Byron coined the name ’62 to 1887.tranquil environment.ned at the very beginning of the 19th century, and became an integral part of the waterways. Large houses were constructed for affluent buyers aloarge homeLarge homes were constructed ng the canal banks, turning what was once a run-down, shabby suburb into a prosperous village, whilst also widening the social divide in the process. The upper and middle-classes lived in grand properties whilst the boatmen and their respective families were crammed into tiny cabins on the water below.

It is hard to believe that you are just a few minutes’ t is hard to believe that you are just a few minutes’r respective families were crammed into tiny cabins on the water below.walk away from the West End when you take a trip to Little Venice, as it seems like a completely different entity altogether. It is a quiet oasis in the middle of the city, and the ideal spot for dining al fresco if the weather is pleasant enough for you to do so.

If you choose to walk along the towpath or stop for a quick drink in one of the many watering-holes located by the canal then you can take in the stunning scenery and see why it has been lauded as one of the must-have destinations for travellers to visit.

It has a thriving, vibrant houseboat community, though permanent moorings are both difficult to find and can be extremely expensive. The popular waterways festival Canalway Cavalcade takes place every May bank holiday weekend, and attracts quite an audience. Houses with waterside views are incredibly desirable, but also come with a hefty price tag-and most have been converted into luxurious, spacious flats. Couples in particular are desperate to re-locate to this area, as it is situated right next to the most happening hotspots and trendiest bars.

Properties in Little Venice are somewhat sizeable, as there are some pretty mews houses, built as staff quarters and stabling for the larger townhouses which dominate the region, but you will never find the typical, standard three-bed Victorian houses which are extremely common elsewhere.

The wide, tree-lined avenues which take you away from the canal hold the key to the area’s most coveted secret, namely the residents-only communal gardens. They are completely hidden from view behind the apartment blocks and chic terraces of Randolph Crescent, Castellain Road and Warrington Crescent.

Some homes even have their own private outdoor space, leading onto the communal gardens which not only run a calendar of special social events such as Bonfire Night gatherings and summer soirees, but also provide a safe area for children to play in.

However, homes with direct access to the communal gardens come at a premium. Some buyers prefer maisonettes with private outside space and direct garden access over a traditional two-up, two-down terrace. They are predominantly populated by families, first time buyers who are lucky enough to have help from their parents and young professionals looking to upgrade.

For a number of years, Little Venice was a secret pocket, which many people were unaware of. Times have changed, and even though St John’s Wood, Notting Hill and Bayswater are still considered desirable, more and more people are clamouring to purchase high-end canal-side properties, and therefore demand for housing around the area has skyrocketed.

If you are visiting the capital then it is vital that you prepare a detailed ‘to do’ list beforehand, as this will ensure you get to witness all the attractions and delights that the city has to offer. There is so much to see and do, so you must not try to cram everything into one day, as this could prove problematic, especially where travel is concerned.

At least the glorious Park Grand Lancaster Gate Hotel is situated in a convenient location. You will instantly forget that you are in one of the busiest areas of the United Kingdom as soon as you step through the entrance, as it is serene, stunning and simply spectacular. If you want comfort and luxury in abundance then you most certainly have come to the right place.