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Little Venice Canalway Cavalcade

Canalway Cavalcade Boats

Canalway Cavalcade Boats

Little Venice is a tucked away slice of heaven amongst the craziness of London, with a tranquility matched by no other space in the city. The Little Venice area hasn’t always been so nice, originally being built to transport goods such as coal and timber and the neighbouring pathways used by horses to pull the boats along. After WWII and the destruction of much of London, the untouched canal area was ‘discovered’ and today the area has a much more leisurely feel whilst becoming one of the better-known tourist attractions in the city.

The Canal

The Canal

For most of the year, this area is one of the most charming, relaxing areas in London, but on the first bank holiday weekend in May the area transforms into a lively, vibrant festival. The Canalway Cavalcade(organised by Inland Waterways Association) brings approximately 150 beautifully decorated boats and several vendor stalls to the area, with food and activities to keep even the most disinterested people entertained. There’s events

Specialty Chocolates

Specialty Chocolates

spanning from music to dancing, food and drink stalls for any appetite, and childrens activities galore. Two of the main highlights of the event are the pageant of decorated boats on Saturday afternoon and the procession of illuminated boats Sunday evening, which show off the intricate detail and effort that has gone into decorating the boats in attendance.

Also in the area is The Bridge House (http://www.thebridgehouselittlevenice.co.uk/), a great little restaurant/pub along the canal. You can read about our experience at The Bridge House here.

Whiskey Stall Goodies

Whiskey Stall Goodies

Ice Cream and Sweet Treats

Ice Cream and Sweet Treats

Waterside Cafe

Waterside Cafe