The Enchanting Little Haven That is Little Venice / 迷人的小天堂 - 伦敦“小威尼斯”

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Not too far from where I live, there's a beautiful little area featuring a tight maze of water canals. It is better known as "Little Venice" and resemblances just what the name suggests!

Last Sunday, my husband and I drove there early morning and enjoyed a lovely stroll along it's riverside banks and soothing, calm waters. Living in West London for many years already, I cannot believe I just recently discovered this hidden gem tucked away in a snug corner of this sprawling city and only ten minutes from where I live.

Just minutes away from Paddington Station and Warwick Avenue, Little Venice is a gorgeous hot spot and forms one part of Regent's Canal which runs all the way to Docklands in East London.

We began our walk starting from Maida Avenue which sits overlooking the canal itself. We were quite fortunate with the weather too. It was not an "extraordinarily" sunny day but good enough to take some decent photos and take in the sights.



(Road to the right, canal to the left.)

Little Venice is considered a scenic getaway mainly due to it's picturesque and intertwining canal routes. Add to that the impressively varied themed boat cruises travelling between Little Venice and Camden Lock that we saw. If you were to follow the main canal all the way to it's finish, it would eventually lead into the River Thames. You'd be amazed by how many people live in moored canal houseboats anchored along the long, stretching banks.



(A convenient little signboard revealing your location as well as an entire map of the place.)





(Yes, that is someone's barge front door.)

As we continued our short walk up Maida Avenue, we came across a little café called Café Laville that straddles the canal in a glass-fronted building overlooking the canal. What a great location to provide a fantastic view of Little Venice!

We noticed how many eager tourists gathered inside this cafe to capture some sneaky snaps of the many passing barges which themselves carried a bunch of enthusiastic tourists. A lot of fun for an observer like myself to see and absorb the relaxing, chilled out ambient vibes! :)



Time was pressing on and both of us could have done with some tasty breakfast so we almost instantly decided to eat there too.

The café restaurant was very bright due to it's expansive glass roof and walls made to maximise on these view. Oversized ceiling lights hung in various shapes, along with a few nice paintings near the entrance wall. it was quite contemporary in style, yet very inviting at the same time.


The waiter was friendly and luckily seated us directly under the retractable roof! I could literally see the water right under my feet and felt like I was hovering atop the Canal itself. How cool is that, right?


Café Laville offers a good selection of Italian and Mediterranean dishes. I opted for Smoke Salmon Eggs Benedict, a good portion size by anyone's standards I'm sure. And very reasonably priced especially for London, might I add. My husband went for his favourite Red Velvet Cake. Also a personal favourite of mine too. :)



(Above in the scrumptious Salmon & Eggs Benedict and below, the dreamy Red Velvet cake.)


It was such a pleasant experience! Gazing upon the serene waters, listening to the lapping of the subtle waves along the riverbanks and just watching the canal barges appear and disappear right from underneath the restaurant. What a peaceful and wistful way to watch the world go by.




(There was a tunnel directly under us that the barges would pass through every so often)




After indulging those lovely refreshments, we bid goodbye to the friendly staff and proceeded with our walk exploring Little Venice. The weather has actually become much better which was a huge, unexpected bonus.



(These pretty little berries lined the gated iron sections of the road running parralell to the canal.)

Little Venice is home to hundreds of attractive and colourful canal barges. In fact, quite a convenient base from which to explore the rest of the capital via it's aquatic avenues.

Each of these boats features it's own unique character set and provides for some stunning photography. Colourful logos, spacious customised decking area and even some gardening sections on the roof. Everything just looked the part which makes Little Venice as captivating and alluring as she is.

I wondered about the numerous residents living there and who would forego a traditional normal house for these awesome water-based houses. Of course, I realise that house prices are at ridiculous all-time highs, but they must surely also have a very strong connection with nature and freedom that drives them too. I can imagine there is something very special about returning to this peaceful and quiet abode after a hard day in the city. A surreal, but liberating feeling, I'm sure.







(Sometime you may need something a touch smaller in get around the narrow waterways of Little Venice.)


The intricately mapped canal systems of London seem to have been constructed with a great deal of practicality in mind. Almost every boat has a metered supply of electricity which powers the internal appliances contained within the boat.


As we passed by more pretty boathouses, ponds and crossed over a small bridge, we came across another café which was an actual restaurant barge on the canal with seating areas inside and outs. How exciting! Though since we just ate, perhaps next time around, lol. This is a place you are almost guaranteed to want to return to. I mean, I sure am! :)


(Two magnificent weeping willows on a small piece of land in the centre of an intersection)





(A wide section of the canal where restaurants, barge excursions and more are located at.)

To maximise on the experience, I recommend taking one of the taxi boats up to Camden Lock, which is a 50 minute passage ride passing landmarks such as Regent’s Park and London Zoo. It sounds like a fantastic idea as we all know how buzzing life in Camden Market can get. So very lively and lots of merry fun!

There are also quite a few options available via the assortment of cruise companies along a certain section of the canal , including Jason’s Trip, Jenny Wren Canal Cruises and the London Waterbus. All journey's begin under the bridge we had previously crossed. I think it is worth mentioning that they only accept credit cards (no cash). Which is the exact opposite to how many other establishments conduct their business in London, lol!


(I simply love the small, green leaves floating en mass upon the still waters. Just beautiful.)




However, for today we chose to simply continue our stroll down the canal and keep the cruise on hold for something to look forward to at a later date.

Little Venice is a great little day out. The ideal location for visiting in the warm spring/summer months or cool evening meanders alongside tree-lined canals ways, featuring beautiful and eccentrically painted houseboats.

Although in some ways I have to say if visitors expect to see exceptional view as the Venice in Italy, they might be disappointed. I feel the name “Little Venice” is rather a humble homage than a direct like-for-like comparison. Therefore, take this wonderful place for what is it. A stones throw to get away from the busy traffic and fast paced London to the gentle and peaceful serenity of it's waterways.

So prepare yourself with a good camera, some delicious sandwiches and you'll be in store for a delightful treat. An inexpensive explore around those parts of London that not even seasoned Londoners know too well, lol.

Enjoy! :)


小威尼斯是隐藏在伦敦市中心的一个安静水域,离我家不远。顾名思义,它是一个美丽的水城!上周末我和先生沿着小威尼斯河边漫步,悠闲自在,十分惬意。真不敢相信, 我在伦敦生活这么多年现在才发现这个好地方,呵呵。

小威尼斯处于 摄政运河和Grand Union 运河的交汇点,一直运行到东伦敦的Docklands。它距离Paddington 火车站和Warwick Avenue也就只有几分钟的路程,很容易找。 我们从Maida Avenue出发,天公还算作美,虽然没有灿烂的阳光,但起码天晴。

小威尼斯很美,特别是沿着摄政运河到Camden 市集这一段的景色最好。沿着河边漫步,可以欣赏到河道上停泊的各具特色的窄船,享受着安静的街道和两旁茂密的树荫。

没走多远,我们就被一座横跨在运河上的玻璃建筑物吸引住。这是一家名叫Café Laville的咖啡馆/餐馆,俯瞰运河,是一个欣赏小威尼斯景色的绝妙位置!我注意到众多游客聚集在这儿,兴致勃勃地观赏这沿河美景以及来往的游船。我可以想象,这是很有乐趣的事儿。




这家餐馆主要供应意大利和地中海菜。我点了 熏三文鱼班尼迪蛋 (Smoke Salmon Eggs Benedict),分量挺足的,而且在伦敦来说,价格也不算贵。先生选了他最喜欢的红丝绒蛋糕 (Red Velvet Cake),也是我最爱,呵呵。


用过茶点后,我们继续探索小威尼斯的旅程。这时候,我惊喜地发现有几缕阳光洒落身上。感觉很幸运, 我赶紧拍了几张照片,呵呵。



英国错综复杂的运河系统似乎相当实用。几乎每艘窄船都有电力供应,为船内的家用电器供电 (看下图)。



几家比较受欢迎的游轮公司包括Jason's Trip,Jenny Wren Canal Cruises和伦敦水上巴士。所有旅程的起点就在我们刚刚穿过的桥下。我认为值得一提的是,他们只接受信用卡(无现金),与伦敦其他旅游业刚好相反。






谢谢。相机 Cannon EOS 750D, 镜头 Cannon EFS 18-55mm 都是挺基础的,呵呵。

和我最开始的时候一样, EOS 750D 好像也叫 T3i, 镜头 Cannon EFS 18-55mm被我一朋友称做是狗头,最后面被我 在EBAY上50英镑卖掉了。

@justyy 过奖啦!先学学基础的,学会了再换好点儿的镜头,呵呵。



Last Sunday, my husband and I drove there early morning and enjoyed a lovely stroll along it's riverside banks and soothing, calm waters. Living in West London for many years already, I cannot believe I just recently discovered this hidden gem tucked away in a snug corner of Central London.

Just minutes away from Paddington Station and Warwick Avenue, Little Venice is a gorgeous hot spot and forms one part of Regent's Canal which runs all the way to Docklands in East London.

We began our walk starting from Maida Avenue which sits overlooking the canal itself. We were quite fortunate with the weather too. It was not an "extraordinarily" sunny day but good enough to take some decent photos and take in the sights.

Lol... I was thinking the exact same thing actually. :)

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Thank you for the great support, @celow. :)

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Thank you @fadlon for your nice comment! Little Venice is indeed perfect for romantic dates. :)

Wow, Venice of east, well taken photography. Hope to visit someday.

Beautiful photography! And great story as well.

Thank you. :)

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Looks like a nice place to chill. BTW, no professional here but I think looks like your shots are getting better :-)

That's very kind of you @ace108. You just made my day!!!!
I recently bought a professional camera and am still learning the basics, lol.

OMG, what did you buy? I'm hoping to get a real camera though I won't call it professional

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Wow it look even colorful than real Venice I really want to go, even better for you to share this lovely places with someone you love! I imagine there's no better feeling than that! The Next time I visit England it's going to be one of my destinations! Thanks for the information and the beautiful pictures

I hope you can make it here soon with your love one. :) Thank you for taking time to comment @ailynvilla1!

Wow You live in very beautiful place. Nice review!

I'm a big time anglophile and dream of visiting Great Britain. But when I clicked on this post I had no idea Little Venice was located there! I figured it was a travel post on Venice, Italy. These pictures reinforce my desire to visit London... maybe, if I ever get there, I can meet up with some British Steemians!

Most definitely! You would love it here and I strongly urge you to pay this great city a visit. Thank you so much for your kind words. :)

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@rea What an amazing looking place little venice is! You are blessed to live so close to it! It is almost like stepping into a fairy tale... around the corner from your house! How marvelous is that!!! Lucky lady you are!

It looks like you had a fabulous day out in little venice! and what spectacular photos you shared! We also did a little day trip yesterday which I though you might appreciate too if you would like to take a look...

Much love xxx

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Thank you @jaynie for taking time to comment here. :)

Love the pictures of the boat on water. Also I like #Mediterranean #dishes.. so I envy you.

When u mentioned the restaurant barge, I was like 'Oh my, I've got to go & try this floating along .. in Venice". My spouse would probably love ♥ it, too !

As to the Food #Photos, the dreamy Red Velvet cake - looks delish!

What was your ABSOLUTE FAVORITE thing about #Venice? If You have trouble choosing, PICK 2 !

I think it's got to be the atmosphere! If you want to cleanse an overworked mind within a nice, soothing and harmonious environment, this place should tick all the boxes. :)

I'm planning to go to London and I would like to visit this place, thank you ;=)

You wrote so beautifully, that started to follow you.

Thank you, @adviser. :)

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The cake was indeed delicious. :)

Awesome pics @rea nice collection

Happy to be able to keep the honeymoon with husband, this will continue to make intimate and harmonious.

very detailed and lovely photos :)


such a beautiful place ! I´ll have to make a trip there in the future.

Nice pictures
I wish could visit this place someday

That is why, I've always wanted to visit that place with my family and my loved one ever since. I don't know, but it really captured my eyes and heart. Someday, we'll gonna be there! Haha.

Thank you for sharing! By the way, the food you shared looks amazing ... im hungry now.


I hope you can make it one day. Thank you for stopping by. :)

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Thank you. :)

Nice play my brother stays in London while I stay in South Africa will love to visit that place when I come to England next year .

Most definitely. You should be in for a treat. :)

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Thank you. :)

Thank you for sharing your amazing discovery. A rewarding day, conveyed beautifully.

Lovely post. A wonderful part of the city. I continue to follow you and get your great insights.

little Venice looks so cute! i like Eggs Benedict!


I truly believe Venice is paradise on earth, whenever I look at pictures of venice, this travel on boats just blows my mind, wish to visit it one day :(

One day hopefully... :)

Yess, can't wait :)

This is a mini Venice. Those boats and canals look great. Keep doing so, your articles are great.

From the photos it looks like you had a great time on your holiday. So vivid and colorful! Thanks for sharing this with us! 😊😊

simply no words.Stunning.Good to capture all these wonderful pics

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Hope to visit Venice,Italy before it submerges in water! The alarming rates of global warming concern me. Great post and great story!! :)

Thank you. :)

Really nice write up. We also plan to visit some time!

woow , good post @rea

NIce pictures! I did not know there were two venices. Thank you.

I only just found out myself, lol. :)



Or what should be a nice area where you live

The canal really does resemble Venice, really cool
But what is with all that nasty green algae floating on the surface?
I would not want to fall overboard into that

WOW!! again crushing the game @rea :)! those boats and red velvet are making me way to excited lol

Seems like Little Venice is an hidden gem. I’ve never heard of it before but would like to visit one day. Beautiful pics.

Amazing! My girlfriend would love this.

An opportunity to take her there on a romantic date? lol.

Haha maybe one day, when i'm rich off crypto! :P

looks so beautiful there i like this @rea thank you for sharing

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What a romantic place! Loved your post)

Thank you. :)

Fun post, are all those houseboats close to the London Zoo?
really like the pictures

If you take the boat ride from Little Venice, it will take you to London Zoo. :)

Now i know i went there when i went London last month. loved Camden Market!



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Great post. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing!

This is much more green than Venice :)
My kids would enjoy here:)
Glad you had great time,

The kids would have a great time. Try to make it happen, you won't regret it. :)

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This was wholesome, good read.

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Wow! That place looks amazing! Your shots are also perfect!

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This electric meter for the boat should have some soret of ethereum smart contract for some reason!

This place looks so beautiful. A few months ago I was in London and this was on my list of places to visit, but sadly I ran out of time :/ If I ever return I will defenitely visit. Very nice pictures! :)

Oh God! What a wonderful place to go with your partner!

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How beautiful @rea. It is such a coincident as I posted about Mykonos being Little Venice. Followed.

Beautiful pictures and lovely post. Thank you for taking me along.

Thanks for the nice comment. :)

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@rea A nice meal over the canal ahh pure romance. Love it! Maybe I could take my wife there someday and sweep her off her feet again.

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