Browning never dreamt up ‘Little Venice’

The Robert Browning/Little Venice thingy is a myth that’s been too long perpetuated. Any poet needing credit it should be Lord Byron but that was only the word ‘Venice’ for the canals in London’s W2 and W9. Anyone (inc Canal & River Trust) who claim Browning coined the name Little Venice are just so wrong. Its what these days one […]

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Paddington Bear Movie at Little Venice #3

Big film crew in Little VeniceSee if I can get a walk on part 😏 pic.twitter.com/vgQj4v82yi — steve stringer (@stringalingcpfc) November 8, 2016 🎥 #Paddington 2 #London 🎥#crew #cranes #cameras #zipwires #moviemaking #Filmmaking #movie #film #moviemagic #paddingtonbear ❤️ #londonlife pic.twitter.com/b9hjfgMmcJ — Dainesie Girl 🐝 (@DebDaines) November 9, 2016 For anyone around #London #LittleVenice you might find this guy being filmed […]

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Paddington Bear Movie at Little Venice #2

The second night of filming – some more tweets and pictures. Paddington Bear 2 … Currently filming in London 🐻 https://t.co/eMkE1NkZcf — Zora Suleman (@ZoraSuleman) November 7, 2016 Loving that #paddington2 thinks #littlevenice needs nicer (fake) lamp posts @marmeladeproductions pic.twitter.com/e0Fqco4hnA — ASMEO (@asmo1512) November 7, 2016 What is happening in little Venice?? I think I have just walked through the […]

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Paddington Bear Movie at Little Venice #1

              Paddington 2 is taking place in and around Little Venice this week. The weekend saw preparations & testing in readiness for filming over the next few days. Here are some tweets plus photos detailing the happenings 🙂 Canal & towpaths closed around Little Venice 8-9 Nov 2016 for filming pic.twitter.com/QAlEV0hRx0 — London Canals (@Londoncanals) October 30, […]

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Regent’s Canal 200th Anniversary

The Regent’s Canal celebrated its 200th Anniversary this month. Its a partial anniversary as the full canal did not open until 1820. 1816 was the year the Regent’s Canal opened from Paddington to the top of the locks Camden. This was somewhat later than the promoters had hoped, due to considerable difficulties in building the canal especially its two tunnels […]

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Bow Back Rivers & other ‘lost’ features

London Canals’ previous features covered the Bow Backs, the navigable Molember river (pic shown below), The Stort, Waltham Abbey’s canal system, the New River, plus the many cuts off the Lee Navigation, leaflets on the Lee/Lea, the Grand Union Canal, London’s canal waterbuses, etc. There were regular features too – one covered news items on London’s canals and another the […]

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Is Londonist’s canal knowledge spot on?

Londonist published a feature (8 August 2016) extolling the virtues of Paddington, including trains, bears, and canals – exactly what one expects to find in the area! 😉 It mentions Paddington Basin as a branch of the Regent’s Canal…. Many would say that’s a mistake as it’s a branch off the Grand Union Canal. Hmmmmm….. It’s indeed not a Regent’s […]

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Is Little Venice on the Grand Union Canal?

Canal & River Trust’s banner strung on the nothern side of the famous Little Venice pool proclaims: So Little Venice happens to be on the ‘Grand Union Canal’ only? The Regent’s isnt even mentioned! Let’s consider some facts. One: Little Venice would have never existed if the Regent’s Canal had not been built. Why’s that? The famous stretch of wide […]

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Canal towpath shut more than a year

Update on the Lisson Grove towpath closure. Was closed for towpath works – quite common, this occurs every few years or so when maintenance work is conducted on the power cables that lie beneath the towpath. This was supposed to reopen in October 2014. Never did. The date was revised to July 2015. A new notice that month (shown below) […]

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Hampstead Ponds vs the Paddington Arm

A curious title you might think, ‘Hampstead Ponds vs the Paddington Arm.’ What on earth do they have to do with each other? They’re not even related! At first sight the choice of topic might seem a little strange, however its related to the furore surrounding the Hampstead Ponds dam project. And a bit more than that… There has been […]

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