What is Maida Vale like?
Situated on the edge of the West End nestled between St John's Wood and Notting Hill, you will find the leafy inner city suburb of Maida Vale. The most common associations with the area are the Grand Union Canal, Warwick Avenue and the Paddington Recreation Ground. As two of London's prime residential areas, Maida Vale and Little Venice offer everything, from beautiful buildings, including striking white stucco fronted houses and impressive red brick mansion blocks, to the pretty house boats that adorn the banks of the canal. With attractive tree lined streets and hidden secret gardens surrounding the Victorian and Edwardian buildings, Little Venice and Maida Vale have a rich history, while offering an escape from the city with the lush areas surrounding the Grand Union Canal and Little Venice. The poet Robert Browning who lived in the area from 1862 to 1887, coined the name “Little Venice” for the South side of the area, where you will find the canal and also the grand white stucco houses, some of which are reminiscent of Italianate buildings of Venice and other areas.
Transport & travel
The area is home to two underground stations, Warwick Avenue and Maida Vale, which are both served by the Bakerloo line. They are both a short ride from Paddington which gives further access to the Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines. Paddington station also has a national rail service to the Midlands, South Wales and Oxford and the Heathrow Express. The area also offers convenient access to the M40 via the A40 and several routes to the West End and the City.
The local scene
The Prince Alfred pub and Formosa Dining Room in Warrington Crescent attract visitors from afar for their drinks, the stunning Victorian architecture and interior decoration, as well as their menu which consistently receives good reviews. Four times a week, the Canal Café Theatre stages NewsRevue, a satirical review of the week’s news where writers and performers keep current events fresh and sharp. The canals provide a pleasant area for walking or cycling within London, with the Grand Union Canal stretching all the way up to Birmingham and Regent’s Canal stretching East through Regent’s Park, through Islington all the way to Limehouse in the east of London. There is also the nearby Paddington Recreation ground with its indoor and outdoor sports facilities including tennis courts, five-a-side pitches, outdoor and indoor gyms, running tracks, hockey field, green open spaces and children’s play areas. Clifton Road and Clifton Gardens are the area’s prime shopping streets and feature a range of independent shops, a pharmacy, vet, mini supermarket and several restaurants, delis and cafes. Clifton Nurseries is possibly the oldest Garden Centre in London; the nursery has been supplying residents with plants and gardening since 1880.