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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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  • Little Venice is a very particular area of London. Full of houseboats, can be a destination for a day trip or starting point to take a boat along the Regent's Canal and stops at London zoo and Camden Lock, so called because you arrive at your destination in the final stretch through the sluice gates on the river. The nearest subway station is Warwick Avenue.
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  • Our hotel was on the Mayfair side of Hyde Park, by the Marble Arch. This occupied our morning. Maybe a mile walk to this quaint area with beautiful homes & a nice canal path with quirky houseboats. Th...  more »
  • Little Venice is great for the walk. We have made a boat trip to Camden Town and could connect with each other as two totally different but great places.
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