> Read Craig’s review of Little Venice Check out my London blog for a full review, with photos and a video
Regent’s Canal was built in the 1820s to link the Paddington Basin with the Thames at Limehouse. A large dock was then built to allow ships to unload their cargo and ship it up the water. The Grand Union Canal then stretches away in the other direction, taking boats across to Birmingham.
When the interest in shipping stuff through Docklands faded in the 1960s, the canal was closed to industrial traffic and became a pleasant residential retreat.
Little Venice is the name given to the junction where Regent’s Canal meets the Grand Union Canal. The pretty moniker was bestowed upon it by Robert Browning and Lord Byron – although it took fifty years to catch on.
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If you enjoy this then try: Jason’s Trip (you can walk there in less than 1 min); London Canal Museum (catch the tube from Warwick Avenue to Kings Cross St Pancras) and Regent’s Canal (walk it in 24 mins or catch a train from Warwick Avenue to Marylebone).