London’s Three Canal Tunnels – Maida Hill photo gallery

We now focus on the Regents Canal’s two western tunnels, Maida Hill and Lisson Grove A trip on the waterbus takes people along the attractive stretch of canal by Blomfield Road and under the Edgware Road through Maida Hill Tunnel – a view of which is seen here (below) from Maida Avenue. Cafe Laville sits atop the tunnel Scenes from […]

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Little Venice’s lost aqueduct and the Westbourne River

The Kilburn Aqueduct and the Westbourne River There were just two aqueducts on the London canal system in it’s early days. Besides the substatial crossing over the River Brent near Stonebridge, there was also the Kilburn Aqueduct in what is now London’s Little Venice. This was a substantial structure with a 30 foot high embankment that crossed the Westbourne Valley […]

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Part 3 of the tour around London’s waterway oasis

A tour around Little Venice Part 3 The Blue (and Green) plaques of Little Venice Generally Blue Plaques are those of English Heritage and the former Greater London Council. The Green ones are from the City of Westminster. Many famous people live in and around the pool area and elsewhere in Little Venice and Maida Vale. We return to the […]

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Part 2 of a tour around London’s Little Venice

A tour around Little Venice Part 2 Brownings Pool is the largest feature and it is the junction of three waterway routes. It is named after the poet Robert Browning, perhaps a gentrification in defiance of the older name used by the locals and boaters which was Rats Island, but also in recongition of Browning’s alleged naming of the area […]

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Around Little Venice – London’s waterway oasis – Part 1

A tour around Little Venice – with a sprinkling of history Map of Little Venice produced in 2009 The canal west of Lord Hills bridge at night Starting from the western end we have the Waterside Inn and Lord Hills footbridge. This crossing used to be a concrete structure from the 1930’s with very high sides that were a potential […]

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The history of the place name known as ‘Little Venice’

The ‘Little Venice’ facts that are ignored As most people will know, Little Venice is that well known area tucked away in W2 between Paddington and Maida Vale with its white stuccoed Victorian mansions and numerous celebrities. But it wasnt always seen as a ‘pretty’ part of London. In Robert Browning’s time Little Venice was not so salubrious. Despite popular […]

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The GLC’s Canal Way Project

A project initiated by the Greater London Council By 1977 the towpath had been improved in the direction of Hackney. This made a grand total of five and half miles and this became the first section of the Greater London Council’s Canal Way Parks initiatitve. The gardens at Bonner Hall bridge were also created for the scheme. However it seems […]

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London’s Canal Towpaths and their improvements – Canalway

Canalway – the background People often ask what ‘Canalway’ stands for when referring to the annual Cavalcade boating festival in London’s Little Venice each May. Canalway (or more correctly, Canal Way) is a project that began in the 1970’s with a substantial implemention of works and improvements made during the Queens Silver Jubilee 1977. This explains why the Silver Jubilee […]

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Buildings of interest near London’s Canals – Metesco’s

The Metropolitan Electricity Supply Works – Randolph Mews, W9 Just behind Blomfield Road is little known Randolph Mews. And even less known is this excellent red brick built structure that used to be a sub-station belonging to M.E.S. Co. Ld., a company more widely known by the name METESCo. Who, or what was, METESCo? The company’s smart badge as used […]

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London Canals’ Archive Pictures

The ‘Old Order’ in London This page looks at some old London canal scenes. The Thames isnt actually a canal but the pics are of interest so they are included as it was an IWA cruise that was making its way to the National Waterways Rally in Osterley Park, near Brentford. 1) Little Venice & Paddington This scene from January […]

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