Did you know London has a beautiful little Venice?
We have all heard of Venice! It is a hugely popular tourism spot and is universally considered the most beautiful city in the world. It is a city famous for its endless canals and bridges which connect the mini islands. However, it is not the only place in Europe where you can enjoy stunning canals…
London in-fact boasts its own little Venice, which were built in the 18th century before the railways. They were built to facilitate the transport of goods, as roads were only just emerging from the mud and long trains of pack horses were not reliable enough to help build the country alone.
I admit, that they were not built with the intention of being glamorous, however today they have been cleaned and revitalised! The London canals are now a mesmerising place to enjoy what has so far been an amazing summer of sun.
One part of the canal is so tranquil and beautiful, that they decided to call it Little Venice. It is situated where the Regent’s Canal meets the Grand Junction Canal and if you blink hard enough, you could be mistaken by thinking you were in Italy!
Little Venice still has that historic feel, but with a lovely choice of pubs and coffee shops for you to have a drink and absorb the breath-taking view. The Regent’s canal runs to the Thames in East London and is less than 4 km to Camden Town via Regent’s Park and London Zoo.
The London Waterbus Company helps you see the the little Venice in all its glory by operating a regular service from 1 April to 30 September – with boats departing at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. The journey to Camden Lock takes 50 minutes, and the ticket price for 2018 is £ 9 (one way) or £ 14 (round trip). No reservations are required, and tickets can be purchased on the boat itself.
If you are slightly prone to sea sickness and think that boats are not for you, then have no fear. There is also a walking tour available which explores the way to the little Venice as part of the “Jubilee Greenway Walk”. This is an extremely enjoyable walk along this stunning stretch of canal and it takes you to the fantastic Camden! Camden is famous for its diversity, markets, street food, music and culture. I promise you, that there is no place quite like it. But you will just have to go and see it for yourself to believe it…