Maida Vale Area Guide

Little Venice, Maida Vale

Maida Vale Area Guide

This Maida Vale guide provides a swift overview of the area, including the best places to eat and drink, shop, study, its history, council tax rates and public transport connections to the rest of London.

Sign above the station Maida Vale in West London
Property in Maida Vale

An overview of Maida Vale

Located mainly in the City of Westminster, with parts overlapping into the London Borough of Camden, Maida Vale is situated north of Paddington in West London, between St John’s Wood and Kilburn.

This is an affluent, mostly residential area, which is home to a wide selection of residents, including a host of celebrities. It is also home to BBC Maida Vale Studios. Thanks to a wide selection of desirable houses and spacious apartments, not to mention close proximity to London’s West End, Maida Vale appeals to families and professionals looking for a short commute to work. Additional attractions include swanky bars, trendy cafes, delightful restaurants, open spaces and a canal.

History of Maida Vale

Maida Vale, once home to the Bishop of London in the 17th century, derives its name from the Hero of Maida public house, which appeared on Edgware Road in the early 19th century, following a battle in 1806 where Sir John Stuart’s men defeated Napoleon Bonaparte’s army at the town of Maida, Italy. It was not until the Act of 1795 that buildings were permitted in the Bishop’s estate, now referred to as Maida Vale, with schemes initially developed along Edgware Road before rippling out to the heart of Maida Vale itself. Growth picked up pace in the mid to late 19th century.

Maida Vale property

This predominately residential area features a wide selection of sought-after homes commanding premium sale and rental values, including large late Victorian and Edwardian houses and mansion blocks consisting of well laid out apartments. Some of the most spectacular homes are located around the junction of the two canals, known as Little Venice, while there are a number of luxurious house boats on the canals themselves. Read More

Properties in Maida Vale are among the most expensive outside prime Central London, reflected by the high volume of prosperous professionals residing in the area.

More affordable housing can be found among the Maida Vale Housing Estate, developed in the 1960s, where many spacious ex-local authority homes can be found.

Whether you are seeking to buy or rent a home in Maida Vale, contact one of Greene & Co.’s expert sales and letting agents in Maida Vale. We have a fine supply of homes in Maida Vale for sale and to let.

Boutiques in Maida Vale
A park in Maida Vale West London
Paddington Green police Station in Maida Vale West London
Maida Vale Underground Station
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School in Maida Vale West London
Properties in Maida Vale

Shopping, food and drink in Maida Vale  

There is a wide range of cafes, delicatessens, restaurants and bars in and around Maida Vale, as well as independent clothing boutiques and specialist food shops. Keen shoppers seeking a wider selection of retail stores should visit nearby Edgware Road or Kilburn, where there are plenty of high-street brands. Edgware Road is also home to the Grosvenor Victoria Casino.

Popular bars and pubs include Canal 125, The Elgin, Idlewild, Prince Alfred and The Waterway.

From Thai and Indian to traditionally British, there is a wide selection of restaurants in and around the area to suit all tastes. Some of the finest places to eat are Kateh, The Waterway, The Prince Alfred, One Blenheim Terrace, The Salt House, The Warrington and Beluga.

Parks in Maida Vale

Paddington Recreation Ground on Randolph Avenue is the largest park in Maida Vale, while Hyde Park and Regent’s Park are located nearby.

Emergency services in Maida Vale

Maida Vale is served by Paddington Green Police Station and London Fire Brigade both located on Harrow Road, while Maida Vale Medical Centre can be found on Elgin Avenue. The nearest hospital is St Mary’s Hospital. Western Eye Hospital, The Heart Hospital, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital are also situated nearby.

Transportation in Maida Vale

Located in zone two of the London Underground system, Maida Vale offers easy access to two Underground stations, Warwick Avenue and Maida Vale, both of which are served by the Bakerloo Line. There are also a number of frequent buses operating routes into London, some of which operate a 24-hour service. Additionally, there is a regular waterbus service which operates from Little Venice in south Maida Vale, eastwards around Regent’s Park, calling at London Zoo and on towards Camden Town.

Nurseries, schools and colleges in Maida Vale

Little Sweethearts Montessori School
Windmill Montessori Nursery School
St Saviours CE Primary School
St Joseph’s RC Primary School
Essendine Primary School
The London School of Journalism
St. George RC School
Ashmore Pre-School
Emmanuel Play Group
Mary Paterson Nursery School
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School
Buffer Bear Nurseries
St. Luke’s CE Primary School
City of Westminster College
A Star School
Dorothy Gardener Centre

Council tax rates in Maida Vale

The council tax rates in Maida are set by two separate councils, depending in which part of the area the property is located. The rate of council tax varies and is dependent on the following valuation bands:

London Borough of Camden


Band A
Band B
Band C
Band D
Band E
Band F
Band G
Band H

Council Tax


Maida Vale Summary

Maida Vale appeals to a range of different people, particularly affluent families and successful professionals, including celebrities.

The area occupies a predominately quiet residential-led position in the heart of West London, presenting local residents with a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the nearby West End, while the City of London is easily accessible by Tube or bus.

In addition to excellent transport links, Maida Vale is home to a delightful array of pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants, ensuring that there is something for everyone. Additionally, the local open spaces and canal-side walkways at nearby Little Venice to Camden Circular Walk also help to attract people to this uniquely beautiful part of London.