Property to rent in Little Venice
When poet Robert Browning reportedly coined the name ‘Little Venice’ he was describing the point where the Paddington arm of the Grand Union Canal meets the Regent’s Canal but today it is used to refer to the whole area south of Maida Vale.
A regular waterbus service operates from Little Venice eastwards around Regent’s Park, calling at London Zoo and on towards Camden Town.
Most of Little Venice remained undamaged by World War II and many of its magnificent mansions and terraces date back to 1840s and 1850s.
In 1975 a small park was renamed Rembrandt Gardens to mark the 700th anniversary of the founding of the City of Amsterdam, known as ‘the Venice of the North’.
More than half the residents of Little Venice are qualified to degree level or higher.
Every May Day bank holiday the Canal side Cavalcade takes place in Brownings Pool – it is the largest gathering of canal boats in one location.
This exclusive area’s appeal lies in its canal side location with the creamy stucco houses in Maida Avenue and Blomfield Road, which overlook the picturesque Grand Union Canal, commanding premium prices. Other prized addresses include the nearby streets Warwick Avenue, Clifton Gardens, Clifton Villas and Bristol Gardens.
Its waterside location is one of the biggest factors in Little Venice’s appeal. There are numerous places to eat and drink whilst watching picturesque canal boats pass by, many overflowing with colourful window boxes. Home for those fortunate to live in this desirable oasis, is likely to be a spacious apartment. Many of the cream stucco mansions fronting the canal were designed by the celebrated architect John Nash.
Clifton Road and Clifton Gardens are the area’s prime shopping streets and feature a range of independent shops, a pharmacy, vet, mini supermarket and several restaurants, delis and cafes. In the surrounding roads, there is a gastropub, dress designer, garden centre and popular Lebanese café.
In addition to Robert Browning, many notable figures have made their home in Little Venice.