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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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  • Lovely part of London, quite a surprise. Take the boat trip to Camden Locks if you have about an hour. At the end of the day, it is only one way. Very nice to do on a warm day--and very interesting.  more »
  • Not sure what I expected - but some narrowboats parked along an urban street didn't impress us at all. Really odd set up and a disappointment. Camden is much better!  more »
  • If you are in the area, by all means to there and see the boats lined up in the canal. However, I would not go out of my way to go there. Enjoyed it, but nothing spectacular.  more »

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