Little Venice in Maida Vale

The canal system in Britain has a terrific history of turn the great bog that was this landscape into usable, fertile and stable land. A feat in engineering, canals as anyone knows is crucial to the land reclamation around Europe. In creating land, they also produced controlled streams whereby water can be funneled out to larger bodies. Regulating the rise and pressure through a series of locks, the canals of Britain are probably best known as one of the most important transportation (both people and goods) systems in the land. While much of this heritage has been erased from the cosmopolitan city-scape of London, a fragment the British canal system still exists in Maida Vale (Maida what?! Some of you may have never heard of Maida Vale before. a residential district in West London between St John’s Wood and Kilburn. It is part of the City of Westminster. The area is mostly residential, and mainly affluent, consisting of many large late-Victorian and Edwardian blocks of mansion flats).

Little Venice, a junction of two canals forming the Paddington Basin, is exactly as the name suggests: a charming, watery channel dotted with house boats and set against some of the most idyllic residences you’ll find in all of London. Hardly impressive like the rigorous system in Amsterdam or awe-inspiring like those of Venice, Italy, guests visiting the hotels in Paddington would do well to spend an afternoon walking Little Venice’s picturesque embankment. With typically English passenger boats and floating homes alike, you’re sure to feel transported to the country side in this neighbourhood … well, at least a few miles from the busy City.

Within walking distance from the Paddington hotels, Little Venice provides guests with an escape from the tourist traps of London. On a sunny day, grabbing a meal of fish-and-chips or simply a coffee to go, Little Venice makes for the perfect excuse to have picnic. Providing weather isn’t great, do as the Brits do and throw on some wellies, grab a brolly, and shield yourself with a warm Barbour coat. Whether its raining, snowing, or perfectly sunny, visiting Little Venice will make any trip to the capital feel like a vacation.

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March 27, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Destinations


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