Whether it was named during the time Robert Browning lived in the area between 1862 to 1887, or whether it was named earlier by Lord Byron; Little Venice is a beautiful part of London surrounding three waterways; The Grand Union canal, Regent’s canal and the Paddington basin.
Nowadays the area is known for its shops, bars and recent famous residents such as Robbie Williams, Noel Gallagher and Richard Branson.
Little Venice is home to several well-known ‘institutions’ such as the Canal Cafe Theatre which has launched some of the best comedians around the UK and the world including Miranda Hart and Last Week Tonight star, John Oliver, and also The Puppet Theatre which began staging marionette performances in a converted barge in 1982.
Eating and Drinking
For such a relatively small area, Little Venice has some great places to eat and drink. Here are a few of our top picks
Molly’s : A cute neighbourhood restaurant offering brunches, lunches and dinner for takeaway or to eat in.
The Waterway : Fabulous waterside restaurant with a huge deck for the summer and a winter log cabin pop-up happening this winter. Book now!
Pearl Liang : Hugely popular Chinese restaurant with great decor and fun staff.
Pubs: If you’re looking for a traditional British pub, Little Venice has you covered!
Warwick Castle: Fabulous traditional pub serving good pub grub and showing major sporting events.
The Bridge House : Another traditional British pub with craft ales, Sunday roasts. Great for a bite to eat before popping upstairs to the Canal Cafe Theatre.
Prince Alfred: Traditional pub with ‘snob’ windows and a quiz night.
Shopping in Little Venice
Whilst it’s not known for its major shopping, Little Venice has some independent fantastic offerings.
Baker and Spice: Insanely expensive but delicious bakery
Sheepdrove Organic Butcher: Giving the increasingly famous Ginger Pig a run for its money?
The Winery: Formerly a Victorian pharmacy, The Winery now offers a great selection of wines & informal wine-tasting evenings.
Take a look at all the local schools in the area on our handy Schools page.