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Guide to Maida Vale

Maida Vale is a district in the London Borough of Westminster, located to the west of St John’s Wood and to the south of Kilburn. It is famed for its wide, tree-lined avenues, red-brick mansion blocks and large communal gardens.

The southern part of Maida Vale is known as ‘Little Venice’, as it consists of a partly tree-lined junction of canals decorated with a plethora of houseboats. The surrounding buildings are Regency-style stucco houses, as well as mansions in a similar style.

Maida Vale is well-connected to Central London, with an underground station on the Bakerloo Line. The district is also served by several buses and is only one mile away from Paddington Station.

The schools in the Maida Vale area have all been rated either good or outstanding by Ofsted. Outstanding rated primary schools include St Joseph’s Primary School, Ark Atwood Primary School and St Saviours C of E Primary School. In terms of secondary schools, Westminster Academy, St George’s Catholic School and the Paddington Academy are all rated outstanding.


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Maida Vale has been used to film a number of films and TV shows, including Paddington, The Child in Time, and The Mummy.

The district is home to some of BBC Network Radio’s broadcasting and recording studios, such as the BBC building on Delaware Road, one of the company’s oldest premises. The Maida Vale BBC Studios is made up of seven sounds studios and has been the setting for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge recordings, as well as several programmes for BBC4.

Maida Vale is home to the Alexander Fleming Museum, which includes a reconstruction of Flemings laboratory, along with videos and displays about how he discovered penicillin.


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