Interior designer Ed O’Donnell and his partner JP fell in love with Little Venice, in west London, while housesitting for a friend. In July they sold their two-bedroom Victorian worker’s cottage in Brixton, south London, and moved to a large two-bedroom flat with two balconies in a mansion block overlooking the plane trees and tennis courts of Paddington Recreation Ground.
“Brixton is hectic and intense and we wanted somewhere calmer,” says O’Donnell. “We feel like we are on holiday here with all the towpath cafés and pubs, and water taxis to Camden. It’s much better connected to central London yet feels far less urban.”