Little Venice

Wander the canals of one of the prettiest pockets of London 

Tranquil and scenic, wandering around London's Little Venice doesn't feel much like being in zone two. This picturesque part of the city is where Regents Canal meets Grand Union Canal and depending on your day's direction, there are a couple of walks you can take. Take the North East branch of the canal and you'll go past London Zoo and onto Camden Lock. The alternative is to head further West and wind your way to Portobello Road and the other colourful streets of Notting Hill. 

You're not denied colour by simply hanging around the canals, though. The boats come in different shapes and sizes, a plethora of colours and with names stenciled on their sides. 

Either route, there are a handful of waterside cafes where you can refuel and watch the world go by. If you're happy to dodge the tourists and the odd cyclist, Little Venice shows you a totally different side to the city. If you're planning to visit, jump off the tube at Warwick Avenue and enjoy the calm of the water. 

Little Venice, Maida Vale, London W2 1TH