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For your London vacations, escape from the hustle and bustle of London and discover the romantic adventures of the charming canal cruises of Little Venice London.

Maida Vale and Little Venice London Vacations

Located in the southern part of Maida Vale, Little Venice is surrounded by Kilburn Park Road to the north west, Maida Vale road to the north east, Shirland Road and Blomfield Road to the south west and Regent’s Canal in the south.

Canal Cruises in Little Venice London
Canal Cruises of Little Venice London

This area is mainly residential featuring many luxurious large late Edwardian and Victorian mansion flats and villas, and is also home to some BBC network radio recording and broadcast studios.

Littlle Venice London Vacations Waterside Cafe
Take the blue footbridge at Westbourne Terrace Road Bridge over the canal onto the towpath to the Waterside Cafe

Escape to the Serenity of Little Venice London

Little Venice London is also known for its charming shops and restaurants to visit on your London vacations, including the Warwick Castle pub, the Waterside Cafe, the Puppet Theatre Barge, which stages traditional puppet shows on board a houseboat, and the Canal Cafe Theatre.

Although Little Venice originally refers to the area surrounded by Maida Avenue, Warwick Crescent and Blomfield Road, the lovely stretch along Regent’s Canal has now stretched the name to apply loosely to the romantic cruises and London attractions on the canal system.

London Vacations Maida Hill Tunnel
Maida Hill Tunnel is only one of the Magnificent Tunnels of Little Venice

Regent’s Canal Cruises

Regent’s Canal serves as a link from the Grand Union Canal north west of Paddington Basin to the Limehouse Basin in east London and the River Thames.

Originally, the canal was utilized to transport commodities including coal, grain, raw materials, and food items such as cheese. Eventually, the commercial use declined and the passenger pleasure cruising evolved for London vacations with the famous Waterbus services.

London Vacations Cafe LaVille
Visit Cafe Laville on Edgware Road on your London Vacations

Regent’s Canal and Little Venice offer visitors many exciting activities on their London vacations.

London Vacations Little Venice Tours
Cafe Laville on Edgware Road and a Waterboat taking visitors on Canal Cruises

You can stroll along or go cycling on the path along the canal, or take a cruise on one of the regular Waterbus services which operate on Regent’s Canal from Little Venice eastwards towards Regent’s Park, the London Zoo and Camden Town.

Canal Cruises in Little Venice near Pollitts Drive
Canal Cruises on Regents Canal near Pollitt Drive

Most of the Waterbus services complete their journeys at Camden Lock, which is the only twin-lock remaining on Regent’s Canal.

Although the Canal’s pathway (towpath) is a popular cycle route for commuters, it is also a peaceful pathway for pedestrians and joggers.

Canal Cruises Prince Albert Road
Little Venice Canal Cruises under Pince Albert Road

Leaving the Grand Junction Canal at Little Venice London, the Regent’s Canal waterbus passes under the ancient Roman Road of Watling Street through the Maida Hill tunnel, then the Lisson Grove tunnel, several other tunnels and then winds around the northern edge of Regent’s Park, passing through St. John’s Wood area and Prince Albert Road which follows the canal, and arrives at the London Zoo waterbus stop.

Places to Visit London Regent's Park
Places to Visit in London – Regents Park

Little Venice London Primrose Hill Bridge
Regent’s Park Primrose Hill Bridge near the London Zoo’s Waterbus stop

If you want to take the Waterbus to the London Zoo, you may have to purchase a combined ticket which includes the canal ride and entrance to the Zoo.

For more information contact London Waterbus Services at: or call 020 74822660

Canal Cruises London Euston Staion Bridge
The Waterbus passing under Euston Station Rail Bridge

You have the option of walking to the London Zoo and then touring the canal with the waterbus service.

London Vacations Regents Canal Macclesfields Bridge
Macclesfield Bridge on Regents Canal

After passing by the London Zoo, the waterbus heads over to the former Cumberland Basin where the canal turns left and passes a floating Chinese restaurant.

London Attractions Fitzroy Bridge Regents Canal
London Attractions – Walk or Jog under Fitzroy Bridge on Regents Canal

Villas of Little Venice London on Regent’s Canal

As you travel along the northern edge of Regent’s Park between Little Venice and Camden Town, whether on foot or by Waterbus, you will discover the beautiful neighbourhoods of Prince Albert Road and the Outer Circle, on the North Bank and the South Bank of Regent’s Canal, between Lisson Grove and Park Road.

This is a great walking or boating tour to enjoy on your London vacations.

London Vacations Corinthian Villa
Architect Terry Quinlan’s Corinthian Villa

Here you can admire the gorgeous villas inspired by architect John Nash and built or remodelled by Terry Quinlan, which grace the canal with their beautiful architecture and gardens.

London Vacations Iconic Villa
The Iconic Villa on Regents Canal

These include the Veneto, Doric, Corinthian, Ionic, Gothick, Regency and Tuscan villas and the Hanover Lodge.

London Vacations Regency House
The Regency House on Regents Canal

Discover Camden Lock on Your London Vacations

As you are arriving to Camden Town, you will see the Pirate Castle and after that you will see the locks which were constructed by James Morgan and John Nash supervising between1818-1820.

Canal cruises Little Venice London Pirate Castle
Little Venice London and the Pirate Castle near Camden Locks

The former warehouses and yard on the north side of Regent’s Canal at the junction of Chalk Farm Road is an area known as Camden Lock.

London Attractions Camden Locks
A Waterbus at the Camden Lock – also known as Hampstead Road Lock

This part of Little Venice is a very popular destination for London vacations and the charming neighbourhood is a hot spot for shopping, dining, and relaxation.

Places to Visit in London Hamden Locks
Hampstead Road Lock is one of the Places to Visit in London

The actual name for the locks is Hampstead Road Locks.

If you lounge upstairs at the pub overlooking the locks, you can watch the boats come through.

Little Venice London Pub
Relax at the Camden Lock Pub while watching the boats pass through the Locks

Have a pint of beer or cider and enjoy the view of Regent’s Canal and the boaters manually opening and closing the locks to continue on their journey to the Limehouse Basin.

Shopping at Camden Market on Your London Vacations

Here at the canal basin and Hampstead Road Locks is a group of markets collectively referred to as either Camden Lock or Camden Market.

London Vacations Camden Lock
Camden Market offers a Variety of Great Shopping, International Cuisine and Relaxation

This is a busy and popular market with canal towpath walks, a cobbled courtyard just off the canal, lively weekend music venues, incredible atmosphere and cafes. There are several striking large sculptures throughout the market. Add a trip to Camden Market on your visit to London.

Little Venice London Camden Market
Camden Market Fashion Boutique with an Embellished Canopy

Whether you walked over from the starting point in Little Venice, or cruised on the Waterbus over to Camden Town, treat yourself with an adventurous shopping experience in the fabulous boutiques of Camden Market.

London Vacations Horse Tunnel Markets
Magnificent Sculptures at the Horse Tunnel Market

The Camden Market has a fascinating history, being built into the former Pickfords stables and horse hospital. The hospital provided health service for the horses which had pulled barges along the canal.

London Vacations Camden Market Boutiques
Camden Market Boutique with a Stunning Chandelier

Many of the boutiques and shops are set into the enormous arches of the railway viaducts. The historic Stables Market is a mix of indoor and outdoor shops.

London Vacations Camden Markets
Camden Market is full of Beautiful Ornate Ironwork

This is a great place to shop for unique clothing, household goods, furniture, decorative items, art, hand-made crafts, second-hand goods and 20th century antiques.

London Vacations Camden Markets Cyberdog
Located in the Stables Markets, CyberDog is the place to shop for Futuristic fashion and bright fluorescent dance clothing

The Market has pedestrian walkways and tunnels, Victorian buildings, offices, workshops, splendid shops, food outlets, and exhibition space.

London Vacations Camden Markets Cuising
This Restaurant in Camden features Marakech Moroccan Cuisine

While in Camden Market, enjoy delicious international cuisine in one of the culturally unique restaurants and cafes.

Getting from Little Venice London to Camden Lock

Take the London Underground to the Warwick Avenue tube. Walk along Warwick Avenue and turn right on Warwick Place.

After you pass The Warwick Castle pub and bar, follow the blue footbridge at Westbourne Terrace Road Bridge over the canal onto the towpath to the Waterside Cafe.

London Vacations Warwick Castle
The Warwick Castle Restaurant

Here you can catch a Waterbus to the London Zoo or to Camden Lock. At the end of Blomfield Road the canal disappears into the Maida Hill Tunnel and underneath the enchanting Cafe Laville.

If you decide to do a scenic walking tour, walk along the towpath and follow the canal. From the starting point of Little Venice London to Camden Lock is over eight miles.

Little Venice London Waterbus Map
Warwick Avenue Tube Map and Laville Cafe on Edgware Road

Or, if you would prefer a shorter 2 mile (one hour walk), take the Waterbus to London Zoo and form there walk to Camden. This portion of the adventure will take you past the picturesque and luxury villas and backyards along the canal.

Getting from Camden Lock to Little Venice London

Take the London Underground to the Camden Town tube station. Be aware that on Sundays the Camden Markets are very busy and the platforms of this tube station can be over-crowded and only available to incoming passengers.

Other good options for easy access to Camden Markets are via the Chalk Farm and Mornington Crescent tube stations.

Little Venice London Tube Map
Little Venice Tube Map

To get to the London Zoo or Little Venice, go down to the Camden Lock and either take a Waterbus or enjoy a romantic and leisure walk along Regent’s Canal.

Little Venice London Vacations Waterbus Services

There are several water transit services available along the Regent’s Canal between Little Venice to the London Zoo and Camden Lock. These privately owned boat companies provide both leisure cruises and regularly scheduled waterbus services.

Little Venice London Waterbus
Little Venice London Waterbus Trips

Here are the Main Options:

1. London Water Bus Company

  • Originally traditional canal barges called narrowboats which have been converted to waterbuses to carry passengers.
  • These London attractions provides regular day trips and charter services along Regent’s Canal to the Limehouse Basin, and on the Grand Union Canal.
  • Hourly service daily from April to September.
  • In the autumn service is reduced to four days a week.
  • In the winter there is weekend service only.

London Vacations Regents Canal Patio
Enjoy the Beautiful Patios on Regents Canal

2. Jason’s Canal Boat Trips

  • Authentic 100-year-old canal boat which was originally used as a cargo-vessel.
  • The canal cruises run from Little Venice to Camden Lock starting the first weekend in April to the first weekend in November.
  • Be entertained by the tour guides who will tell you all about the history of the canal and nearby London attractions.

London Vacations Regents Canal Gardens
Regents Canal is a Romantic Getaway where you can enjoy the Beautiful Architure, Stunning Backyards and a Serene Canal Cruise

3. Jenny Wren

  • Offers a similar service and route from Camden Lock to Little Venice and back with an entertaining tour guide.
  • In the winter months, canal cruises are only available for private charter.

London Vacations Regents Park Road
Get off the Beaten Path in London and Discover the Tranquility of Little Venice London and Regents Canal

4. The Floating Boater

  • Located at the Waterside Cafe in Little Venice, this company operates two private charter boats which require advance bookings.
  • The narrowboat Lapwing is a historic vessel built in 1913 and The Prince Regent is specifically designed for canal cruises entertaining in Edwardian style.

I hope you will enjoy the romantic cruises on your London vacations of Little Venice as much as I have. They are simply beautiful.

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