Published: 19/06/2022Maida Vale is an affluent residential area, less crowded than other postcodes and with easy access to the city. It is extremely popular with families and professionals alike. Here are five things that make Maida Vale so marvellous:
Pop music history
Without a doubt, the coolest aspect of Maida Vale is its musical heritage. Both the Maida Vale and Abbey Road studios are based in this corner of West London. The BBC Maida Vale studios on Delaware Road have been used since 1946 to record thousands of classical and pop music and drama sessions. It was the centre of the BBC news operation during WWII but is perhaps best known as the location for the John Peel Sessions on Radio 1. The studios are still used today to record live sessions for BBC radio and the area remains popular with those in the music business–both Robbie Williams and Noel Gallagher have lived here. Maida Vale is also home to Abbey Road Studios. The famous recording house stands on the border between Maida Vale and St Johns Wood, and is, obviously, where the Beatles recorded their album of the same name.
Bars, restaurants, and culture
Maida Vale has an array of great places to eat and drink, including Raoul’s deli on Clifton Road, The Quince Tree located within the Clifton Nurseries Garden centre and The Red Pepper on Formosa Street. Enjoy canal-side dining at The Waterway and The Summer House or try some wonderful authentic Persian dishes at Kateh on Warwick Place.
There are also some wonderful pubs in the area such as The Warwick Castle, The Prince Alfred and The Bridge House pub which also benefits from having the Canal Café Theatre upstairs, an excellent little venue for comedy, cabaret, and music! Maida Vale also has its own Everyman Cinema so you can watch the latest films while staff bring you nibbles and drinks to your comfy sofa seat!
Little Venice in Maida Vale is a much-loved London tourist spot. Formed by the junction of the Grand Union Canal and Regents Canal, the gorgeous Browning’s Pool named after the poet Robert Browning is home to an array of colourful houseboats overlooked by handsome white stucco mansions. You can explore both canals either on foot, by bike or take a cruise on a London Waterbus with trips to Camden Lock Market and into London Zoo!
The excellent Paddington Recreation Ground occupies a 27-acre site in Maida Vale and hosts a vast range of facilities and activities, including tennis, cricket, football, basketball, personal training, and a gym. Maida Vale also boasts Westbourne Green Open Space and Little Venice Gardens, as well as being close to the fantastic Regents Park.
Maida Vale is also home to several secret communal gardens to rival those in nearby Notting Hill.
Maida Vale is in zone 2 of the London Underground system with the Bakerloo line running from Maida Vale and Warwick Avenue Underground Stations to Oxford Circus in around 12 minutes. The Circle and Hammersmith and City lines run from Westbourne Park and Royal Oak Underground Stations going directly to Liverpool Street and Moorgate. The area is also well served by frequent bus routes such as the number 16 which runs a 24-hour service. Paddington Station is nearby with its national rail links and fast connection to Heathrow Airport on the Heathrow Express.
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