Little Venice in London, England, is a famous tourist hot-spot known for its idyllic canals and numerous moored boats. It is also the home to many famous people whilst much of the area's property consists largely of cream coloured townhouses. The canals of Little Venice compromise two waterways, the Grand Union Canal and the Regent's Canal. The large picturesque pool that forms the central part of Little Venice is where these two waterways meet. Warwick Avenue opened on 31 January 1915 on Bakerloo tube's extension from Paddington to Queen's Park. For a time prior to its opening, the proposed name for the station was Warrington Crescent. The ticket hall and its ticket machines were destroyed by fire overnight on 17 September 1985, causing the station to be closed for the day.
The station is located at the junction of Warwick Avenue, Warrington Crescent and Clifton Gardens. The Regent's Canal and the Grand Union Canal are located to the south of the station which can be reached by going south down Warwick Avenue; it offers access to walk or cycle on the towpath. London Zoo and Regent's Park or Maida Hill and Westbourne Park can easily be reached via the towpath. As well as Paddington station and Little Venice and Paddington Basin nearby. There is no surface building and the station is accessed by two sets of steps to a sub-surface ticket hall. It was one of the first London Underground stations built specifically to use escalators rather than lifts. A plain, utilitarian brick ventilation shaft has been built on the traffic island in the middle of the road to improve underground ventilation of the tunnels. The station has payphones, wi-fi and escalators.
Connections: London Bus Routes 6, 46, 187 and 414 serve the station. A regular waterbus service runs from nearby Little Venice along the Regent's Canal; during the summer months boats depart hourly towards London Zoo and Camden Lock.