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Little Venice To Trellick Tower Via The Grand Canal

Little Venice To Trellick Tower Via The Grand Canal

The rain was fallen and I was bored, and not being the sort of guy that is scared of a little bit of rain I headed out for some fresh air. That is if such a thing exists in London! My plan was to head down to the canal and go for a relaxing walk.

Little Venice is a 45 minute walk from where I live in Kilburn or a 10 minute bus journey. I couldn’t be bothered sitting on the bus so I used my good old two feet to get to the water. I have walked from Little Venice to Camden Town and beyond on numerous occasions via the Regent’s Canal and a wonderfully relaxing and picturesque walk it is. Today I decided to give it a miss and head along the Grand Canal, and see what it was all about.

I probably shouldn’t have begun the walk at 3pm, which wasn’t going to give me too much time before it started to get dark. I knew that somewhere along the Grand Union Canal I would eventually arrive at the iconic high rise block of flats Trellick Tower, which was built by Erno Goldfinger. That would be my final destination. I wasn’t really in the mood to do the full Grand Union canal walk from London to Birmingham, which is 145 miles, that will have to wait for another day!

Little Venice, isn’t my favourite part of the canal, it is pretty enough, but it is hyped up a wee bit too much if you ask me.  There are far better stretches closer to Regents Park. I haven’t really got too much to say about the stretch of canal from Little Venice to Trellick Tower. I found it to be gritty, grimy and not very picturesque. Never the less I still enjoyed the walk, which was about a mile or so.

Once darkness had descended and I made my way back to my starting point, the lit up buildings reflecting on the water, the dark pathways of the canal and the rain added a whole new dimension to the walk and made it all worthwhile. I even past by a policeman walking along the canal, which is something you don’t see very often, anywhere in London!

I think I will leave the pictures to do the talking regarding my not so long  rainy day stroll along the canal…

I found an interesting looking pub called The Bridge House in Maida Vale just next to the canal, which was just about to become my refuge for a few deserving pints of lager, when my African Princess called to let me know she had forgotten her key! WTF…the lager would have to wait for another day.

I will be back again to explore  further along the Grand Union Canal and take in the pub to  find out if all the bad reviews it has got are for real?


  1. I would have loved to take this walk as well. Beautiful trip indeed. I love new places and walking is my favorite way to take in the sites.

    Sorry you didn’t get to have your pints, but there is always another day.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  2. Take it from me mate you want to avoid Bridge House, crap service and even worse beer!

  3. Regardless the annoying rain and lack of pints, wow, those pictures are just awesome, mate.

  4. sometimes I miss my commute along that route

  5. I will be back along that route for a longer ramble and a few pints of lager in the very near future. Next time I will start off earlier and make sure its a nice day…