any suggestions or maps about doing a walking tour of this area in london. Been to Venice Italy and saw pictures of this place and want to go. i'd like to maybe have lunch and is there a boat ride down the canal back to london area near covent gardens? thanks
Jason's Boat trips do a nice ride up and down from near the Warwick Avenue tube station in Little Venice to Camden Lock. Unfortunately the canals themselves don't go as far as Covent Garden, but Camden Lock is a very lively area with markets and food stalls. http://www.jasons.co.uk/index.html The website is talking about bookings, but I've always just walked up and paid whenever I wanted to go. Today I walked past the canal side entrance to the Circle line tube at Paddington and noticed a couple of narrow boats moored outside - one is bookshop and another is a coffee shop. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/9124067/London-Book-Barge-A-bookshop-to-float-your-boat.html The weather was gorgeous today and there were people sitting about having coffees - it looked really lovely.
My sister and I made a point of going to Little Venice one year with high expectations. They weren't met so I advise you to keep your expectations at medium height so as not to feel disappointed.
It'll whet your appetite for narrowboats.
This area of London has been one of my favorites for many years. It has not been on the tourist maps that come with some guidebooks (those maps have usually featured central London and the well traveled tourist sights) so you may have to print a good map from Google (close up of just Little Venice) and take that with you. It is now pictured on the Rick Steves map, but you will still need a more detailed map of the streets around it. I have loved walking this area. For restaurants, look for Summerhouse on Blomfield Road or Jason's Restaurant. Good pub food try the Warwick Castle pub on Warwick Place; great fish and chips and sandwiches. I agree with Ed; this area will make you fall in love with the narrowboats parked alongside the canal. Some are black and white, with gold trim; many different color schemes and flags, with flower baskets hanging off the sides of some. How cool it would be to live in one of those boats! They are the real show here, so have your camera ready.