Autumn is well and truly upon us. The leaves are turning bright shades of yellow and red, the air is fresher and the days are getting shorter and shorter. Therefore it was only right that we made the most of the autumn sunshine to explore the nooks and crannies of London. Our destination this time, Little Venice in Maida Vale.
After a short journey on the Bakerloo line we were greeted by the fresh Autumn air outside Warwick Avenue station. The first thing we both mentioned was how pretty the area was, as well as how we both wanted to start singing Warwick Avenue by Duffy whenever we hear the tube stop’s name. Grand houses lined the streets and turning trees lined the middle of the road. We followed these trees towards the canal where we reached the Warwick Avenue bridge.
It was on this bridge, as we looked over the edge on to the canal that we realised that we didn’t actually know how to get canal side. To say we got a little bit lost trying to find a way down would be an understatement. However, our wanting around led us to the small green space that is Rembrandt Gardens, which was so named to celebrate the painter’s his relationship with Westminster. The gardens look on to the canal and is extremely well kept, making it a great place to people watch or to have a picnic.
After aimlessly wandering the streets we finally found a way down to the canal side from Blomfield Road, which runs parallel to the right hand side of the canal. As we reached the side of the water we were rewarded with our first glimpse of one of many narrow boats that are famous in this area. Little Venice itself is a picturesque pond which marks the spot where the Grand Union Canal meets the Regent’s Canal. In the center of the triangular pool was an island full of swans and geese with a glimpse of the Rembrandt Gardens in the background.
It’s hard to believe, but Little Venice is definitely a hidden gem in London. The canal is home to colourful canal boats and has beautiful historic buildings lining the way, but the path was also almost empty, which for a sunny Saturday is unusual to see. It was only when we got closer to Regents park that the crowds appeared. We were also surprised at how many young people had canal boats and were riding along the river, chatting and drinking on their boats!
From Little Venice we followed the canal as much as we could, through Regents Park, past London Zoo and on to the Camden Locks. In camden we spent a couple of hours in the KERB food market, taking in all the sights and smells and eating our weight in mac and cheese! We also stopped off at Blu Top for what we can only describe as one of the best ice-cream sandwiches either of us have ever eaten. KERB Camden is open 7 days a week, so we would definitely recommend going during the week when it isn’t as jam packed.
Our afternoon of exploring Little Venice was a successful one, and we were glad to have discovered areas of London that we didn’t know existed!