London’s Three Canal Tunnels – Eyre’s tunnel (Lisson Grove)

Perseus is seen here approaching the west portal of Lisson Grove tunnel – another boat having just come through it. The steerer was Mike, who had worked for the London Waterbus Company for many years, and this was his last year on the waterbuses, it being 2002. He had joined the company in 1983 and lived on a houseboat at […]

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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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London’s Three Canal Tunnels – Islington Tunnel

The western portal of Islington Tunnel. This location is just a stone’s throw from the very busy central London locations of Kings Cross, Caledonian Road and Pentonville Road Islington Tunnel was offcially opened in 1820. It is not spectacularly long, but is considerably lengthy compared to most other tunnels in the south east. Currently it is the longest navigable canal […]

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London’s Three Canal Tunnels

Three canal tunnels exist in London. Two of them are on the popular western end of the Regents Canal between Little Venice and Regents Park, whilst the third is the longest and travels under Islington The Regents Canal tunnels at Islington, Maida Hill and Lisson Grove Casual visitors to London who take a trip on the waterbus will pass through […]

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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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