Little Venice in London is known for its canals, houseboats and Regency architecture but this weekend the Regent's Canal Festival is set to bring a little piece of Italy to Maida Vale with street performers, Italian food and on the 14th and 15th of July, a chance to ride in an Italian Gondola.
This year, the local festival is celebrating 200 years since Regent's Canal was approved by an Act of Parliament in 1812.
Art installations, stalls and events are planned on the 8-mile waterway with boat trips from Little Venice and Islington Tunnel, music at Camden, a market at City Road Basin and art at Mile End Park.
Street performers and market stalls at Little Venice with a Puppet Theatre from 3pm and Gondola Rides on the canal from 2pm-10pm Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July which you can book in advance.(Underground: Warwick Avenue or Paddington)
Tales of the Tunnel boat trips through the Islington Tunnel from 12pm-5.50pm on the 14th and 15th of July which you can book these in advance. (Underground: King's Cross)
Art shows in and around the Arts Pavilion and late night light installations in Mile End Park on the 14th and 15th July. (Underground: Mile End)
Or explore along the towpath of this lovely historic waterway for a glimpse of local life along the canal.