This virtual tour explores three contrasting areas around Paddington and Little Venice – the former working canal area of Paddington Basin, the old village of Paddington now ‘marooned’ on the other side of the Westway and the lesser travelled streets of the tourist hub of Little Venice.
This is a live virtual tour hosted via Zoom video conferencing where Joanna will give an illustrated presentation of the tour route with an accompanying talk. There will be opportunities for questions and interaction both during and after the virtual tour.
The tour starts 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. We ‘walk’ along the canal looking for evidence of the area’s history. Names of streets and blocks of flats give more clues although not all the commemorative plaques can be taken at face value.
Some of the lovely comments received after doing this virtual tour in 2021:
“… Thanks Joanna, excellent tour. thank you.”
“Thank you so much Joanna, it was fascinating and we have learnt so much!”
“Thanks Jo – very enjoyable as usual. Lived in Elgin Ave in 1970s so took me back.”
“We lived in Sutherland Ave in the 1980s too! So this really took us back, thank you very much.”
“Thank you such an interesting tour Joanna”
“I’ve walked along the canal several times, but not the wider area so this was fascinating.”
“Thank you Joanna such a breath of fresh air a lovely talk”