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Overview

Maida Vale holds appeal for the general public and tourists alike, due to being home to world wide pop culture. The famous Abbey Road studios, situated in Maida Vale, bordering St John’s Wood, draws crowds all year round, tourists posing for photos on the Zebra Crossing made famous by the Beatles album cover. But Maida Vale is far from just being a place to visit, it is a place to live and thrive, with those that move here end up deeply rooted in life so much its hard for them to live. Not only does the ample choice of properties make Maida Vale an attractive place to live in, but the backdrop they are set in. Wide winding tree line streets in Little Venice provide a picturesque luxurious backdrop to the stucco fronted homes set back from clean,even pavements. Canals and private communal gardens that take some exploration to uncover. With the BBC studios being nearby, many important figures in the music and media industries live and commute within the area, it is not uncommon to spot a celebrity or two whilst living in Maida Vale.

Fact file

Maida Vale tube station has an interesting caveat in its history, opened on the 6th of June 1915 as World War I raged on, the station was staffed entirely by women.

Alan Turing, the pioneer of modern Computing and critical to Britain’s war effort in World War II, was born in what is now the Colonnade Hotel in Warrington Crescent.


Architecture and property

Stuccoed front terraces and grand mansion blocks are what Maida Vale is known for. Owing its heritage of period property to the Church Commissioner in the Victorian times, who owned a majority of the area, who resisted profitable development until almost the turn of the 20th century, by then the trend was for blocks instead of houses.

Maida Vale’s property market has been transformed significantly since then. The existing mansion flats have been added to over time with mews houses, period conversions and 1930s flats. The crème da le crème of these are the grand stucco fronted houses in Little Venice, Clarendon Gardens, Elgin Avenue and Blomfield Road are all premier streets in high demand among buyers. Their massive communal gardens, in no way inferior to any found in Notting Hill or Kensington add to make an address in Little Venice even more sought after.


Going out

Eating and drinking:

Hosting old and new establishments alike, Maida Vale’s meandering streets contain some of London’s best restaurants and bars. The Waterway hosts a view over the Grand Union Canal, its outdoor terrace providing a great place in the summer to enjoy beverage and food, whilst watching the canal traffic float by. The Prince Alfred and Warwick Castle have been open since the 1860s, historians believe and show little sign of stopping soon. The Red Pepper is a great place for Pizza and Pasta. Kateh, off Warwick Avenue serves delicious Persian Cuisine.


Culture:

Maida Vale benefits from being a short Tube journey from the West End for things to do, but locals can also have a good time in Maida Vale too as well as the culture of the West End. The Canal Café Theatre hosts all sorts of performances all year round whilst Jason’s Trip runs boat trips down and up Regent’s Canal to Camden Town, a unique to travel within the city. For younger audiences, the Puppet Theatre Barge Is great for kids, which puts on a summer programme.

Local amenities

As well as Maida Vale’s flurry of Tesco Express branches, locals opt to shop in the areas many specialist food shops, organic produce of a wide range on offer. Sheepdrove Organic Farm butchers, located on Clifton road has an excellent array of meat and poultry.

For liquor, The Winery is one of London’s finest independent wine merchants, set within a period shop, also on Clifton Road in Little Venice.

Bannatyne Health Club is home to Maida Vale’s best sports and relaxation facilities. With its Sauna, heated swimming pool, spa and Café all contribute to making Bannatyne’s an all in one place for mind and body. That’s without mentioning the Training House Gym, where personal one to one training is available should you require it. Beauticians are available in the Wanderlust Nail Lounge.

Maida Vale Library is a focal point of the community, offering children’s reading groups and homework clubs as well as employment advice sessions for adults.

Relax at the Maida Vale Everyman Cinema, where staff will serve drinks and snacks to your comfy sofa seat.


Green spaces

Just beyond Maida Vale Tube station lies Paddington Recreation Ground. The gym in the park is open daily and runs several group exercise classes and coached activities, including tennis on the park’s courts. Sports fans need look no further than nearby Lord’s Cricket Ground, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2014. Part of the Ashes Test series between Australia and England is held here, making it something of a mecca for cricket fans. There's a museum attached and tours are available. Just a 20-minute walk away, Regent’s Park is so much more than an outdoor space, boasting cafes, an open air theatre, wildlife gardens and of course London Zoo.

Changing times

The BBC is planning a £40 million redevelopment of its Maida Vale studios. Announced in 2013, there has been speculation that these plans are likely to include selling off some of the studios for development as residential homes.

Transport

Tube: Maida Vale and Warwick Avenue Tube stations are in Zone 2 on the Bakerloo Line. It takes a few minutes to reach Paddington, just over ten minutes to get to Oxford Circus and 16 minutes to get to Waterloo.

Rail: The Bakerloo Line provides quick access to two busy national rail stations. Paddington and Marylebone are just two and four stops away respectively, making train travel out of London easy.

Bus: Local buses include the 6 (to Willesden), 16 (to Victoria), 46 (to St Bartholomew’s Hospital), 98 (to Holborn), 187 (to Finchley Road), 332 (to Paddington) and 414 (to Putney Bridge). The number 6 runs a 24 hour service, and there are two night buses, the N16 and the N98, to Victoria and Stanmore.

Road: A straight journey up Kilburn High Road and Edgware Road lead Maida Vale locals to the M1 in just 15 minutes. It’s also only a five minute drive to the Westway, providing access to the A40 and M25.

Cycle: The area’s proximity to Regent’s Park affords plenty of opportunities for family bike rides, and it’s only a half hour’s picturesque cycle alongside the canal to reach Angel.


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