Maida Vale Property Guide
Property for Sale or Rent in Maida Vale
Banish any post-weekend blues with a slice of parklife. Green space in W9 is plentiful with the largest park in the area, Paddington Recreation Ground, located on Randolph Avenue. This 27-acre space has been serving local resident since 1806. Be sure to pack your racket as there’s a big tennis scene revolving around 13 lit courts and a range of coaching options. Other sports on offer include hockey, football, lawn bowls, cricket, plus there are trim trails, a track, an outdoor gym, a children’s playground and a cafe for those who prefer spectating.
A great day of the week to ring ahead and secure a table at one of Maida Vale’s respected restaurants. The dining experiences are legendary and some of the must-sample menus can be found at Persian restaurant Kateh on Warwick Place, The Elgin on Elgin Avenue, The Truscott Arms on Shirland Avenue and Amoul’s Lebanese on Formosa Street.
Break up the week with a saunter around Little Venice. It’s an exquisite enclave of Maida Vale where pretty houseboats bob up and down. The on-land property isn’t too shabby either - houses for sale in Little Venice are often snapped up by celebrities who enjoy the canal-side views and the hidden communal gardens, some of which boast tennis courts.
Shop ‘til you drop knowing your retail experience will be as far removed from mainstream as possible. Maida Vale is well known for its boutique, organic and independent stores, especially lining Clifton Road and Clifton Gardens. Baker & Spice creates temptingly delicious baked goods, while Sheepdrove Organic Farm and Clifton Greens are produce-havens for keen cooks. Clifton Nurseries is the place to head for plants while Raoul’s is a delicatessen like no other.
The end of the working week deserves celebrating and if the weather is fair, head to The Waterway. This gastropub on Formosa Street boasts three decked terraces overlooking the canal, as well as a mouthwatering menu and a wide selection of perfectly-chilled drinks.
Little Venice has its very own theatre - the Canal Café Theatre on Delamere Terrace - where a diverse programme of productions and comedy shows have been performed since 1979. Book a ticket for tonight and be entertained. In the mood for post-theatre drinks? The Warwick Castle, The Prince Alfred and The Union Tavern are worth a visit.
Explore Maida Vale on foot at your own pace. The area is awash with Edwardian architecture, wide leafy streets and a sense of peace almost unrivalled in London. Marvel at the stucco mansions along Clifton Villas, Randolph Road, Randolph Crescent, Blomfield Road, Warwick Avenue, Warwick Crescent and Maida Avenue. Don’t forget to stray into Abbey Road in St John's Wood - home of the iconic zebra crossing used by the Beatles.
Maida Vale Need to know
- Situated mainly in the London Borough of Westminster (W9), with some overlap into the Borough of Camden
- Located between St John’s Wood and Kilburn, just north of Paddington
- The annual Little Venice Music Festival takes place biannually - in the spring and autumn
- There are three Tube stations serving the neighbourhood: Maida Vale itself as well as Kilburn and Warwick Avenue - all on the Bakerloo Line and in Zone 2
- An overground service runs from nearby Paddington and Queens Park
- Buses routes are plentiful and frequent, as is the supply of taxis
Early years education gets off to a flying start at the Little Sweethearts Montessori School at St Saviour’s Church Hall on Warwick Avenue or at Windmill Montessori at 62 Shirland Road. Primary education is provided at either St Joseph’s RC on Landmark Road or St Saviour’s CofE on Shirland Road. Westminster City Academy on Harrow Road and Paddington Academy on Marylands Road serve the secondary school intake, alongside the recently opened King Solomon Academy, which provides education from 3 – 18 years. Nearby private schools include Francis Holland at Clarence Gate and Queens College.
The area acquired the name Maida Vale in the early 1800s from ‘the hero of Maida’ - a public house that opened after the Battle of Maida in 1806. More recent history lies in Maida Vale’s musical connection, as the neighbourhood has been the home of BBC Music since 1934. The BBC Symphony Orchestra’s residency at the Maida Vale Studios follows occupancies by the Maida Vale Roller Skating Palace and Club, and the Ministry of Health. Today the studios still attract top recording artists, and have played host to everyone from Bing Crosby and the Beatles to David Bowie and Beyonce.