So today’s the day that I admit that I’ve lived in London for about 7 years and yet, until last month, I had never visited Little Venice. I don’t even know how this happened. I’ve always wanted to explore the canals of London, but I’ve never actually made that happen. Until this year finally.
A few weeks ago Fi and I were making plans to meet up with a friend for lunch and London wanderings. We finally settled on meeting at Paddington Station as this was the final destination of our friend’s train. From there making a decision was relatively easy as a wander to Little Venice was the most logical option. After fuelling up with a delicious lunch right next to Paddington Basin we headed along the canal path towards Little Venice.
In all honesty I didn’t know what to expect of the Little Venice area and I guess that’s a good thing. As for me no expectations normally lead to good expectations. Which was exactly the case here.
The walk is nice and leisurely and mostly flat with paths along the whole side of the river. There was some parts that were quite narrow and we helpfully got stuck behind a big group of people, but we made ourselves slow down. We were meant to be having a chilled out Sunday walk, not a weekday march around London.
There are wonderful views along the whole route, with colourful houses, cute houseboats and glorious tree-lined paths. I wandered this route in February on a beautiful bright, but cold winter day. So as I write this post I can’t help but think how these views may have changed now. Are the trees now heavy with blossom or are there daffodils sprouting along the route? I think I’m going to have to plan another trip there to see.