TUCKED away in sleepy Little Venice, this floating barge-cum-cafe offers passers-by on their Springtime afternoon stroll a pretty tow-path resting spot. Glut yourself on their tempting, feast-size cream teas, and, if you're able to move after that, take the waterbus along the canal, up north, to London Zoo or Camden Lock. The excellent information centre at the Waterside Cafe is also the best starting-point for an exploration of the Grand Union Canal on foot. Home-made, delicious treats and chirpily cheerful, bohemian staff make this eating- and watering-hole the perfect resting-place for a metropolitan weekend jaunt.

The Waterside Cafe, Little Venice, London W2, 0171 724 8740