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Maida Vale – Area Guide

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Maida Vale

Maida Vale is one of London’s most desirable places to live. An affluent residential zone, the area comes under the City of Westminster and sits just west of St John’s Wood.

The Hero of Maida inn is the source of the name Maida Vale. The pub once took pride of place on the Edgware Road close to the Regent’s Canal and was named after the Count of Maida after the victory at the Battle of Maida in 1806.

These days leafy Maida Vale is home to the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios, and is equally well known for its south lying streets surrounding Browning’s Pool in the enclave known as Little Venice, a moniker coined by the poet Robert Browning who resided in the area during the second half of the 19th century. A hive of eating and shopping opportunities, Little Venice offers plenty of waterside activity including the Puppet Theatre Barge, the Canal Café Theatre and the Waterside Café. From here you can take the waterbus towards Regent’s Park and onwards to Camden Town via London Zoo.

Maida Vale and Little Venice are two of the Capital’s most sought-after places to reside. The Grand Union Canal is punctuated by charming house boats and the attractive tree-lined avenues are filled with sprawling communal gardens and majestic red brick mansion blocks that sit alongside stunning Edwardian and Victorian properties.

Property in Maida Vale

The area has a great deal of family appeal and is a haven outside of the nearby West End, making it popular amongst short haul commuters.

There is a wide array of premium property in Maida Vale. Converted mansion blocks house beautiful, high specification apartments, and mews houses and converted period homes further expand upon the diversity of the area’s property scene. For those seeking something truly special, Little Venice offers a selection of impressive white stucco properties overlooking the canals, as well as luxury house boats moored on the canals themselves.

Schools in Maida Vale

There are two Montessori schools close to Maida Vale station together with a wide selection of primary schools, secondary establishments and numerous faith and independent schools. The area is also home to the London School of Journalism.

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Things to see and do in Maida Vale

Whilst Maida Vale is just a stone’s throw from London’s West End, its inhabitants will question the need to venture outside of what can only be described as a thriving hub of entertainment and leisure to suit all tastes.

Eating and Drinking: Restaurants abound in Maida Vale, and the best ones are those that are secreted away amongst its charming meandering streets. Once you get to know how good they are, you’ll no doubt want to keep them to yourself, just as the rest of the residents do. If you have a penchant for Persian try Kateh on the pretty Warwick Avenue; if your taste is more European then The Waterway overlooking the Grand Union Canal will provide you with the ideal viewpoint from which to watch the passing canal boats whilst enjoying a variety of modern dishes. The Salt House also offers a European menu, and if you are more for British cuisine then give One Blenheim Place a try.

History buffs will be pleased to learn that many of the drinking establishments in Maida Vale date back to the 19th century. Step back in time by paying a visit to Warwick Castle or the Prince Edward which have been pulling pints since 1860. You’ll also get to indulge in a striking backdrop of Victorian architecture with a visit to the Prince Alfred and its Formosa Dining Room in Warrington Crescent.

Shopping: Specialist food shops selling fresh organic produce are part of the fabric of Maida Vale. Clifton Road’s organic butcher Sheepdrove Organic Farm is one of the most popular, and there are plenty of delicatessens on this street and beyond too, as well as a mini supermarket, a pharmacy and a vet’s. Clifton Nurseries is thought to be the longest standing garden centre in London, dating back to 1880. The Winery is worth a visit even if just to admire the old working fireplace and period surroundings, although it would be a challenge to leave without making a purchase from what is known as one of the Capital’s best independent wine merchants.

Boutique shopping is the name of the game when it comes to fashion and accessories, and those looking for high street brands need only venture out a little way into Kilburn or Edgware Road where a wider choice awaits.

Attractions and Amenities: The canals of Maida Vale make the area one of the most pleasant when it comes to outdoor pursuits such as cycling or walking. The Grand Union Canal stretches as far as Birmingham, and the Regent’s Canal through the famous park of the same name and then onwards to Limehouse in London’s East End. More opportunities for outdoor amusement lie in the Paddington Recreation Ground on Randolph Avenue which offers indoor and outdoor gyms, tennis courts and children’s play areas amongst other facilities.

Culture lovers will enjoy the regular performances at the Canal Café Theatre, and for those who enjoy taking to the water, there are regular boat trips along Regent’s Canal to Camden Town on a canal boat with a century-old history. For children there is the Puppet Theatre Barge which offers a fun summer programme.

The many attractions of Marylebone, including Madame Tussaud’s and the Sherlock Holmes Museum, are just a few stops away by Tube.

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Maida Vale Transport

Maida Vale is served by Warwick Avenue and Maida Vale Tube stations, both on the Bakerloo Line and in Zone 2. Close by you have Paddington Station which provides access to the Circle, District and Hammersmith & City Lines as well as to Birmingham, South Wales and Oxford by mainline rail and Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express.

Buses are frequent and there is a 24-hour service operated on the number 6. A regular waterbus service runs rom Little Venice towards Regent’s Park via London Zoo and on to Camden Town.

Road links are good with the M1 and M40 nearby, and easy access to the A40 and M25.

If you are interested in renting, buying or selling property in Maida Vale, get in touch with your local experts at Excel Property Services. Based in Hampstead close by to Maida Vale, and with over 20 years of expertise and knowledge in the prime property areas of North London, we are very well placed to provide you with the advice you need to make the right choices.

Call us on 020 7691 9000, drop us a line at info@excel-property.co.uk or call into see us at 146 Finchley Road.