A Bank Holiday Monday walk exploring three contrasting areas – Paddington Basin, the old village of Paddington now ‘marooned’ on the other side of the Westway and the area known as Little Venice.
Built in the early 1800s the canals in this area provided a link to both the Midlands and the Thames for the easy transportation of goods. Trade like this has long gone but evidence can still be seen of how the business of the canals functioned.
We start in the area once known derisively as “Stinking Paddington” or the “Paddington Alps” because of the piles of rubbish that awaited transportation out of London. Thankfully it has changed out of all recognition and amongst the new buildings quirky bridges and sculptures are at least several reasons to visit.
After taking in the old village of Paddington we will walk towards the area known as Little Venice. Tall stucco houses overlook the canal and despite the trade nearby have been home over the years to many famous names.
The area is full of pubs with interesting histories and our walk will include two 30 minute stops.
The pubs in the area include one associated with the world’s longest running live comedy show, a pub with an unusual segmented interior and we will finish in the grandest pub in the area which is said to have once been a brothel! The walk finishes close to Warwick Avenue tube and lasts approximately 3 hours.