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Little Venice, London
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Little Venice is a scenic part of London, England, known for its canals and moored boats. It is the home of many famous people. Much of the property in the area are terraced mansions and town houses. Little Venice has two waterways: the Grand Union Canal and the Regent's Canal, which meet in a large, picturesque pool, Browning's Pool, which forms the focus of the area.Name and extentLittle Venice is a comparatively recent name for parts of Paddington and Maida Vale, in the City of Westminster, which had been referred to as London's "Venice" for a century before the "Little" became current. The name was in frequent use by the latter half of the 20th century.The boundaries of Little Venice are unclear. The name is being used for a wider area than previously, to include new developments at Paddington (Merchant Square/Paddington Central). The name Maida Vale is likewise fairly recent. Much of its area was known previously as Paddington, whilst the land north of Browning's Pool was referred to as Kilburn Fields.It is generally considered Little Venice is bounded by Maida Avenue, Warwick Crescent and Blomfield Road, the western portal of Maida Hill tunnel, other streets such as Delamere Terrace, and the Grand Union Canal itself in a westward direction towards Lord Hill's and Harrow Road bridges.The origins and coinage of the name are disputed. One story goes that it originated with the poet Robert Browning, who lived in the area in 1862–87. This was disputed by Lord Kinross in 1966 and by London Canals. Both assert that Lord Byron (1788–1824) humorously coined the name, which now applies more loosely to a longer reach of the canal system.
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  • Very cute and Nice. Recommend making the boat trip to the Camden Market. Super cool program in the city.
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  • An interesting, peaceful and accessible place to visit, in spite of the sound of traffic from the A40, built in the late 1960s. Paddington Basin and Paddington station are within easy walking distance...  more »
  • I heard about this place from a student nearby Lords Stadium; continued walking from there and across one of the street I could witness the beautiful water canal-Little Venice. It's full of small boat...  more »