Tucked away from the prying eyes of people is a little picturesque neighbourhood known for its laid-back atmosphere, canal waterway and broad tree-lined streets. Little Venice is a slice of quaint charm where you can easily enjoy a moment of calm away from the hustle-bustle that is London.
It was built between 1810 and 1870 and was the popular haunt of many artists, writers and scientists. The meeting place of Grand Union Canal and the Regent's Canal, Little Venice seems straight out of an old English novel.
Inside this gem is another slice of heaven namely the Waterside Cafe, a floating restaurant set in a boat. The weeping willows from all the sides, a lovely pool of water with flocks of swan makes a stunning background to this unconventional cafe.
There are few cafes that embodies simplicity like this one. It sits prettily on the water in a converted houseboat, with seating half on the towpath and half inside the boat. The menu offers everything from a great English breakfast through sandwiches and panini to sumptuous cakes and desserts. There is also a selection of coffees. If you fancy a nice and strong cuppa this is the place.
The menu like the atmosphere is minimal but there in lies its charm. The food is homely giving you some much-needed tender loving care whilst the canal and the sweeping expanse of water makes for an interesting exteriors, it is like dining in the open air but without any hardship.
The cherry on top is of course the price. A meal for two would be about £15 and perfect if you fancy a nice brunch that will not cost you the earth!
The owners of the Waterside Cafe also operate two narrowboats, The Prince Regent and The Lapwing, which can be hired out privately from £140 an hour, for birthdays, corporate lunches and the like. The menus here range from simple picnics as well as whole cooked salmon and exotic salads.
So, if you want to spend a lazy, sunny afternoon head to Little Venice and have your heart's fill at the Waterside Cafe.