Thursday, 28 September 2017

Little Venice

Hello

Thanks for visiting.

Just past Paddington Station on the Grand Union Canal is Sheldon Square part of the Paddington Central development which will extend to Marble Arch.  Sheldon Square itself has an amphitheatre for live entertainment surrounded by offices, apartments and restaurants.


Did someone say restaurant?  Let's pop into Beany Green's for a cup of camomile tea, resisting brunch as we've got walking to do.


Refreshed, we're mooching by the canal, admiring the canal boats and flowers on the way to Little Venice, said to be named by the poet Robert Browning.




You can see from the map, that Little Venice is a triangular area of water where the Grand Union and Regent's Canals meet.  Such a pleasant spot.




You can take a boat trip or even go on a gondola, just like in the real Venice in Italy.



Having crossed over the canal on the blue bridge in the fourth photo, we're now walking along the Regent's Canal in the direction of Camden.




You'll have to cross the road when the canal disappears in a tunnel, but it's easy to find it again and it's a particularly beautiful stretch through Maida Vale.


It's obviously a sought after spot to live as there are a number of blue plaques on the houses, including Arthur Lowe of Dad's Army fame and Guy Gibson, the Bomber Command leader of the Dambusters Raid.



I'll leave you to have a look around before the next bit.

Cheerio

10 comments:

  1. It’s hard to believe you are in the heart of London. The green and watery space are always my favourite in any city. Must be I’m a country girl :). B x

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    1. Mine too and London is so good for great outdoor spaces, x

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  2. Such a lovely part of London, we always say we're going to walk there when next we're in London, but we never make it.

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    1. It's a little bit away from the centre of things and there's so much to see everywhere else!

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  3. You would never know that you were walking in London. It was lovely to see the canal boats.

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    1. They are so colourful. It feels so peaceful away from the traffic.

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  4. What a peaceful area so near the hustle and bustle of Paddington station! The canal boats look characterful. I wonder if you can take up a residential mooring there?

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    1. There were quite a few canal boats a bit further up the canal which were definitely more permanent. It's lovely isn't it.

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  5. Looks wonderful,I'd heard of Little Venice but have never been there. There is a blue Plaque on a small terraced cottage in Hayfield in Derbyshire, the birthplace of Arthur Lowe such a contrast to the lovely white house on the canal where he lived after his successful career:)

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    1. That's interesting, Dad's Army must have been quite lucrative as I'm sure the houses by the canal must be expensive.

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