Italy’s Venice is famous for its beautiful canals, quaint cafés and romantic atmosphere it is a common bucket list destination. However, there is a very similar spot hidden on London’s very own doorstep, in fact it is a 1 hours drive away from surrey.

It is thought that Lord Byron gave the area its name as it reminded him of the canal network in Venice, although poet Robert Browning claimed it was coined by him. The main junction of the Canal, Browning’s Pool is even names after him.

Situated less than a 10 minuet walk from Paddington Station little Venice is aligned with narrowboats, day trip boats and water cafes. It is a sanctuary of serenity making it the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing stroll and a bite to eat.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing spot by the canal or a traditional pub, you’ll find the perfect place at one of Little Venice’s best cafes and restaurants. Treat yourself to fresh seafood and gorgeous views at The Summerhouse, a sophisticated canal-side restaurant; or soak in the sun on The Waterway’s wide terrace. Treat yourself to Chinese cuisine at Pearl Liang, or tuck into some comfort food at neighbourhood cafe Molly’s. For a pint or two, look no further than The Bridge House, a traditional British pub overlooking the canal.

Little Venice is easily one of London’s most charming hidden treasures. A group called IWA Canal Walks run regular meet ups to help guide anyone interested in exploring the historic set.

The IWA Canal Walks run every first and third Sunday of the month whatever the weather. The expert canal guides provide full commentary and have some fantastic stories about historic buildings, famous residents and ghostly goings-on.

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With only an hours drive from Surrey, little Venice makes for the perfect day trip on any weekend.

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