Warwick Avenue station first opened on 31st January 1915, exactly 100 years ago today, as part of the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway’s extension from Paddington to Queens Park. When I visited a couple of weeks back, the service information board already had a notice about the 100th birthday and a clip-art photo of a cake.
The station itself has no presence above ground, the ticket hall is accessed via two subways on either side of Warwick Avenue itself. On the platforms themselves, the station is listed as Warwick Avenue for Little Venice – Little Venice being the area in which the Paddington section of the Grand Union Canal meets the main Canal itself, forming a little harbour area. Warwick Avenue would also serve as the answer to a good pub quiz question, namely songs that share their names with London tube stations. In this case, it was the song from Welsh singer Duffy(where is she now?!) back in 2008.
The Pub: The Warwick Castle, 6 Warwick Place, W9 2PX
As a road, Warwick Avenue is made up of grand, imposing Victorian houses. The pub is a couple of minutes south down the Avenue, on a quiet little side street called Warwick Place. It too is based in an impressive Victorian building, dating back to 1867. I particularly liked the grand old street lamp that hangs in front of the pub.
The interior is also suitably traditional, the main room around the bar is wood panelled throughout and stained glass windows. There was also a roaring open fire on our visit which was much needed as it was a freezing day! The side room has an impressive chandelier and the marble fireplace which the pub’s website refers to as being mentioned in the ‘Treasures of Maida Vale.’ There is also some outside seating at the front of the pub. As its a quiet little street, I can imagine it being a nice spot in summer.
On the ale side of things, three were available when we dropped in – the dependable Doombar and Wandle, as well as Twickenham’s Naked Ladies – the name of which was inspired by the water nymphs in York House Gardens in Twickenham. We didn’t eat here but plenty of people around us were enjoying hearty Sunday Roasts.
The Warwick Castle is a friendly, traditional pub. If you find yourself enjoying the delights of Little Venice in the Summer, definitely pop here for a drink afterwards!