Italy has always been a part of the James Lakeland brand. It’s where we design and create most of the collection each and every season, so it was only fitting that our recent photoshoot was located at the quaint Little Venice in North London.
Aptly named to refer to the point where the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal meets the Regents Canal, Little Venice is one of the most beautifully scenic parts of London, known for its picturesque canals and charming moored boats. Much of the impressive property consists of Regency style white painted stucco terraced mansion blocks and town houses. It is little wonder that many of the London fashionista set are spotted here on a regular basis.
Set in the heart of Little Venice is the beautiful Waterway and Summer House Restaurants. The Waterway offers one of London’s greatest outdoor terraces allowing dinners to enjoy the enchanting views whilst feasting on the delicious, culinary, seasonal menu. The Summerhouse bestows a delightful feeling of being on a boat with a blue and white nautical décor and the friendly staff make this a must visit on a warm summers evening whilst indulging on the catch of the day.
One of the most endearing streets in Little Venice has to be Formosa Street. Lined with individually owned and run bakeries and coffee shops as well as the Prince Alfred pub. A Grade II listed public house, the Prince Alfred was build in 1856 and still maintains many of the original Victorian features giving this pub a uniquely original quality, so much so it has been used for many films and videos – David Bowies Grammy Award-winning short film ‘Jazzin for Blue Jean (1984) was shot here as well as the JAMES LAKELAND collection!