Maida Vale is a residential area of West London which offers a luxurious standard of living. Understated, charming and full of hidden gems, Maida Vale is a perfect location for those looking to get away from the noise of central London.
Maida Vale is known for its calm ambiance, with picturesque canals, waterways and large communal open spaces. The area is blessed with magnificent late Victorian and Edwardian blocks of mansion flats, as well as an enviable selection of independent restaurants, pubs and cafes.
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Where is Maida Vale?
Maida Vale is a residential district in West London between St John’s Wood and Kilburn. Located just north-west of Paddington, Maida Vale is a charming area within the Westminster borough.
This affluent area of London took its name from a small Italian town and pub, called The Maida. The name references General Sir John Stuart, who was made Count of Maida after victory at the Battle of Maida in 1806. A patriotic pub on Edgware Road named itself The Hero of Maida in homage to the commander and after development began in the area, the name stuck, and Maida Vale was born.
A relatively new part of London, development began in 1816. Walking down the wide tree-lined streets today, ice white Italianate villas provide clues to Maida Vale’s history. The elegant terraces along Randolph Avenue are one of Maida Vale’s most distinguishable features.
Just to the east of Maida Vale is the famous area of St John’s Wood, home to Lord’s Cricket Ground and Abbey Road Studios, the renowned recording studio of The Beatles.
The beautiful open green space of Regent’s Park is located just a few minutes away from Maida Vale too.
Transport Links in Maida Vale
Maida Vale is within extremely easy access of areas such as St John’s Wood, Paddington, Belsize Park, Camden Town, West Kilburn and Marylebone. Central London is easily reached too, with a direct tube from Maida Vale to Charing Cross taking around 20 minutes.
The undergrounds in the area include:
- Maida Vale: Bakerloo Line
- Warwick Avenue: Bakerloo Line
- St John’s Wood: Jubilee Line
- Paddington: Bakerloo Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith and City Line
At London Paddington station there are links to a number of major UK towns and cities, as well as Thameslink and Heathrow Express services.
Maida Vale is well-served by buses too, with buses 16, 98, 187, 316 and 322 all running through to offer easy connections to the surrounding areas around West London and beyond.
What is Maida Vale Famous For?
Maida Vale has been home to many famous publishers, artists and authors. Charles Ollier, Sir John Tenniel and Robert Browning are just three of Maida Vale’s famed former residents. World-famous mathematician and computer scientist, Alan Turing, is perhaps Maida Vale’s most famous son, born in 1912 at Colonnade Hotel on Warrington Crescent.
Maida Vale was home to a significant Sephardic Jewish district in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A Grade II-listed Spanish Portuguese Synagogue is home to the British Sephardi community to this day.
Maida Vale is one of the areas which makes up the comparatively new area of Little Venice. Little Venice consists of the southern part of Maida Vale, at the junction of Paddington Basin with Regent’s canal. The magnificent Regency architecture of Maida Vale sits within the area of Little Venice.
There are a host of welcoming waterside cafes and restaurants if you want to relax and take in the fabulous scenery around Little Venice. A regular waterbus service operates from Little Venice too, taking you to Camden Town, London Zoo and further beyond.
Maida Vale is also home to BBC Maida Vale Studios, a name which will ring in the ears of BBC radio fans and aficionados. The likes of David Bowie, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix have all performed in this world-famous venue.
The area was the setting for several scenes in the much-loved 2014 film Paddington too.
What is Maida Vale Like?
Maida Vale is a very safe neighbourhood and is first and foremost a residential area. Maida Vale mainly attracts singles including many working professionals. In fact, Be a Londoner reports that 45% of Maida Vale residents live alone.
The peaceful ambiance of Maida Vale charms many, with enchanting tree-lined streets and outdoor spaces. Its close proximity to central London – just a 20-minute direct tube away – means it is ideally located for working professionals.
This prosperous area attracts a large proportion of young families and households with dependent children too. The Maida Vale catchment area is blessed with a number of exceptional nursery, primary and secondary schools with many rated as outstanding.
Maida Vale Shops
Whilst Maida Vale isn’t the first place you would choose to shop in London, it is still home to a handful of wonderful high-end boutiques which keep the locals happy.
One of the most well-known is the Brimful Store on Farmosa Street which sells a terrific selection of gifts, homeware, accessories and clothes. At Formosa Flowers and Chocolaterie, located opposite Brimful Store, you can enjoy a fine selection of beautiful flowers and mouth-watering chocolate, made with only the finest ingredients.
For wider shopping choices, Maida Vale residents can make the short journey to Marylebone where an extensive selection of shops can be explored.
Maida Vale Attractions and Places of Interest
Clifton Nurseries is a magnificent garden centre, offering an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of Maida Vale. London’s oldest garden centre, Clifton is a magical place to explore, inspiring gardeners of all persuasions. Perhaps most striking of all is the Magical Glasshouse, filled with lush foliage, exotic flowers and an array of houseplants.
South Maida Vale is famed for its shops and restaurants, as well as being one of the prime residential areas in London. The unique Puppet Theatre Barge is moored in the south Maida Vale area. Opened in 1982, this 50-seat marionette theatre is a converted barge, which hosts wonderful puppet shows for children and adults throughout the year.
Warwick Castle, located in Warwick Place, is a famous grade II listed pub, with many famous regulars over the years including Richard Branson, Rick Wakeman and Howard Marks.
You will also find the Canal Café Theatre in South Maida Vale, a 60-seat fringe theatre which is a perfect spot to enjoy an evening of entertainment. Comedy, music and cabaret are all hosted here. Canal Café Theatre hosts NewsRevue, the world’s longest running live comedy show, running from Thursday to Saturday.
The Bridge House, one of Maida Vale’s most loved pubs, serves up classic pub food with fresh ingredients in a cosy environment. Resembling a big Edwardian house, The Bridge House shares the building with the Canal Café Theatre.
For those interested in pharmaceuticals and chemistry, the Alexander Fleming museum in St Mary’s Hospital tells the story of Fleming’s Nobel prize-winning discovery, penicillin.
Maida Vale Cafes, Restaurants & Eateries
At Clifton Greens, you can enjoy a great selection of quality organic produce at very reasonable prices.
In North Maida Vale, you will find The Cocoa Exchange and Hart and Lova, both located on Belsize Road. Chocolate lovers will be in heaven at The Cocoa Exchange, which sells handmade, gourmet chocolate and bespoke gifts. Hart and Lova is a highly regarded independent café, offering up delicious homemade treats, including some of the very best croissants in London.
Da Daniela, located on Shirland Road, is a family-run Italian restaurant which prides itself on using authentic flavours and recipes to bring a real taste of Italy to Maida Vale.
The Waterway is a bistro-style gastropub which has established itself as one of Maida Vale’s best local restaurants. Opened in 2002, The Waterway is widely recognised as being London’s best terrace restaurant. A delicious selection of modern European cuisine is served here.
An array of casual restaurants and eateries are to be found on Clifton Road. Tokyo Pizza serves up spectacular pizza topped with Japanese flavours for an unusual and delicious pizza experience. Café Laville offers Mediterranean dishes in a gorgeous spot, with glass-fronted windows overlooking the canal.
Formosa Street has become a destination for restaurants over recent years too. Red Pepper has been in the area the longest and remains incredibly popular with Maida Vale locals.
Some of the other restaurants in the area include the Iranian restaurant Chelo, The Truscott Arms, an award-winning gastropub, Sushi Murasaki, which is generally regarded as the place to eat the freshest sushi in London and The Elgin, where an eclectic selection of food is served up in a spot with exposed brick, subway tiles and shabby chic décor.
Paddington Recreation Ground and Other Leisure Facilities
Paddington Recreation Ground is the most famous park in Maida Vale. It is a 27-acre site which attracts 1.5 million visitors annually. The largest area of parkland entirely in Westminster, Paddington Recreation Ground was the first park of its kind in London and opened back in 1888.
The facilities at the park includes thirteen tennis courts, two artificial turf pitches, a 400m athletics track, a bowling green, a cricket pitch and nets, a ‘water-based’ hockey pitch and a health and fitness centre, operated by Everyone Active. The park is also a great spot for a family day out with picnic areas, several gardens and an environmental area. There is also a café which sells hot and cold drinks, food and ice cream.
Other leisure centres in the area include Little Venice Sports Centre, with its state-of-the-art gym and large sports hall, and Bannatyne Health Club & Spa.
Property Prices in Maida Vale
As you would expect, Maida Vale is an area which commands high house prices. The average house price in Maida Vale is around £945,000. This is considerably higher than the overall London average of around £644,631.
Most homes in the Maida Vale area are apartments and terraced houses in extremely impressive building structures. Homes in prime locations such as Bloomfield Road and Warrington Crescent will usually command prices of over £2,000,000. In West Maida Vale, you will generally find property which falls below the average in the area.
Maida Vale is an area with a large rental market too, where tenants generally pay around £586 per week to rent.
Are You Looking for an Estate Agent in Maida Vale?
At Chancellors, we have an extensive portfolio of fabulous properties available in Maida Vale as well as the surrounding areas. Our experienced Maida Vale estate agents are passionate about matching buyers and renters with their perfect properties. We also offer expert guidance if you are looking to sell your property too.
Our branch in St John’s Wood is just a short distance away from Maida Vale. We would be delighted to show you our range of properties in the West London area, and we will do our utmost to match you with a property which meets your requirements.
We cover the following areas around Maida Vale:
- St John’s Wood
- Little Venice
- Primrose Hill
- Regents Park
- Swiss Cottage
Maida Vale is an absolutely wonderful area of West London. Come and find out for yourself why this tranquil place charms so many.
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