As the leading estate and letting agent in Little Venice, Goldschmidt & Howland have a great understanding of London’s picturesque narrow boat hangout. With willow-lined canals and Georgian villas, there are hints of Venice in the tree-lined cobbled streets and array of canal boats. With restaurants, cafes and boutiques all within walking distance there are plenty to explore and the area offers locals a unique balance of city lifestyle and leisure.
Clifton Road has a fantastic selection of independent retailers, from florists and butchers to boutique charity shops including Raoul’s, Baker & Spice, Clifton Greens Organic and Absolute Flowers to name a few! Clifton Nurseries are also a must-visit for the area, a corner of Eden amongst the architecture with inspired gardening and beautiful plants which is a sanctuary to locals. Little Venice is well located for access to a multitude of shopping locations including Westfield White City and London West End.
With arguably one of the finest Cafe views in London, which you may recognise from a number of Hollywood films, Cafe Laville is situated across the canal and offers diners unique viewpoints of the canal to complement their rustic Italian menu.
Homebuyers (seafood lovers) looking to make the most of the area have to visit ‘The Summerhouse’. Perched on the canal this light and airy nautical-themed restaurant with outside dining terrace is well known for its fresh fish and seafood. Other recommended eateries include The Red Pepper Restaurant, The Waterway Restaurant, Kattah Persian Restaurant and The Waterside Cafe.
The tranquil ‘Rembrandt Gardens’ with formal gardens and access to the canal towpath are tucked away from the road but provide excellent views of Little Venice and the Canal thanks to its riverside location. First laid out in the 1950s, the name was changed in 1975 when the City of Westminster was linked to the Dutch city of Amsterdam. Following a full upgrade in 2006, the gardens are the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon away from the city buzz.
The famous Canalway Cavalcade is London’s well-known waterway festival that has been held in Little Venice since 1983. Over 100 boats are moored along the stretch of the Grand Union Canal between Blomfield Road, Warwick Avenue and Warwick Crescent. The boats are brightly decorated and the event attracts lots of visitors to the area for a day of street food, live music and morris dancers!
The area is well serviced by tube links, situated between Maida Vale and Warwick Avenue stations, both on the Bakerloo Line in Zone 2.
‘Outstanding’ Ofsted primary schools ’Ark Atwood Primary’ and ‘St Josephs Primary School’ are situated within the area alongside the fee-paying French bilingual school ‘L’Ecole Bilingue Elementaire’. There are also ‘Outstanding’ rated secondary schools ‘Westminster Academy’ and ‘Paddington Academy’.
The famous stucco fronted mansions, by British architect John Nash line both sides of the canal are reflective of the Regency Period where the area came into its own. Maida Avenue and Blomfield Road are amongst the most sought-after roads for buyers looking to move to the area. Bayswater is a must-see with its stand-out Georgian architecture surrounding the square’s garden.
Council Tax Annual Rates for Westminster 2018/2019
(Source Westminster County Council)
The meeting point of the Grand Junction Canal and Regents Canal became known as ‘Little Venice’ in the 19th century. With the arrival of the Canal in Paddington in 1801, what was a village on the outskirts of London became a prominent point of activity for London’s waterway system. Famous residents of the area include poet and playwright Robert Browning who lived in the area between 1862 - 1887 and Alan Turing who was born in a maternity home in the area in 1912. (A blue plaque marks this spot, which is now the Colonnade Hotel). We are pleased to have helped buyers and sellers find houses and apartments to buy and sell in the Little Venice area of London.