As we headed out on Sunday afternoon, the plan was to have a wander around London W9 - Maida Vale. But then we were drawn to the water...and along the water we stayed as we strolled the lovely towpaths along the canal in Little Venice.
Little Venice is on the edge of both W9 and W2 postcodes (which will likely both have their day properly in this series at some point). It's at the junction of the Regent's Canal and the Grand Union Canal and there's a lovely little pond-like area where the two meet. To the three sides (but mainly 2), flat-bottomed canal boats are moored both temporarily and semi-permanently. Where the boats are more permanently moored, they even have little flower gardens and decorations on the banks and moorings areas. It's lovely.
We happened to be there as the Waterbus was arriving. This cool service runs from Little Venice down the Regent's Canal stopping at the zoo and then onward to Camden Lock. It's definitely on the to-do list for another day - perhaps when visitors are in town? - but on this day we walked the 2 1/2 miles to Camden ourselves after we'd had our fill of Little Venice.
This area of London isn't very big. Even including crossing various bridges to see take in all the angles and taking time to peek at lots of boats, you can do it in less than an hour. If you're up for a more leisurely visit, there are also a number of riverside cafes where you can relax and watch the boats go by - even a boat that's a coffee shop!
We'll be back to give W9 a more comprehensive visit another day, but I hope you enjoyed this peek into a lovely treasure of West London!
This post is part of a sporadic series.