Maida Vale was developed by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in the early 19th century as middle class housing, when much of the neighbourhood’s beautiful mansion blocks were constructed. Today, the area is still mainly residential, attracting particularly affluent music and creative executives, owing to its proximity to the BBC’s Maida Vale studios.
At the southern part of Maida Vale where Paddington Basin and Regent’s Canal meet, is the area known as Little Venice, famed for its winding canal-side streets overlooked by beautiful stucco-fronted houses.
Maida Vale boasts a wealth of excellent schools in the area. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary and St Saviour’s C of E Primary Schools are both very popular, and there are two secondary academies: Westminster Academy and Paddington Academy (featured).
Café and brunch spots are located on and around Clifton Road, such as Raoul’s Gourmet and Molly’s At Little Venice. The Summerhouse, situated on the Grand Union Canal, offers waterside views, and is a stone’s throw from their sister restaurant, the ever-popular Waterway.
The Prince Alfred (featured) and Warwick Castle pubs have been popular with residents since the 19th century.
Maida Vale is just a 20 minute walk away from Regent’s Park (featured) and all its facilities. Close by is Paddington Recreation Centre. Clifton Nurseries is one of London’s most popular garden nurseries, which also comprises a beautiful and unique little café for its visitors.