The Clooper Guide To Maida Vale

Maida Vale is an affluent, tranquil district full to the brim of picturesque scenery and elegant Edwardian homes.

Locals of Maida Vale are quick to sing its praises; many revolving around its scenic nature and convenient placement. However, these are far from its only many advantages.


Little Venice is the nickname for Maida Vales square mile and it is a staunchly popular attraction, for locals and visitors alike. This dreamy little section of the district is a delight for the eyes. With its romantic houseboats and tree-lined paths, you’ll be hard-pressed to believe you’re not actually in Italy!

Little Venice is home to numerous exciting attractions such as a ‘floating’ puppet theatre, the Floating Boater Cafe, the London Waterbus and more nautical themed venues. This quaint little place is home to numerous houseboats, so if you’re looking to live a little differently, this may be for you!


Maida Vale is popular for its white stucco-front homes and Edwardian architecture themes. It’s an affluent area, but it’s certainly an understandably affluent one. Homes in Maida Vale are often expansive and boast canal views, all while being surrounded by luxurious leafy streets.

While there are a good bunch of mansion homes and period houses, there are also flat conversions available to rent for a significantly lower price. Additionally, of course, are the houseboats in Little Venice. Maida Vale isn’t as diverse as some other areas of London in terms of available housing, but the homes they do have are unique and expansive.

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Maida Vale is home to the iconic Abbey Road studios, outside of which the Beatles posed for their famous album cover of the same name. Due to this, it is rampant with tourists in some areas, but don’t let that put you off! There are numerous hidden gems to be found. We’ve collected some local recommendations to get you started:

  • The Waterway comes up frequently in searches for Maida Vales best. This joyful bar & restaurant overlooks the Grand Union Canal and is perfect for a sunny beverage with loved ones.
  • The Prince Alfred has been around since the 1860s! This pub is full to the brim of charm and Victorian craftsmanship.
  • If you’re a pizza lover, you’re in luck with The Red Pepper, a tantalizing italian restaurant.
  • Are you a lover of comedy? Try the Canal Cafe Theatre! This fringe theatre specializes in comedy and hosts cabaret and popular theatre productions to boot!
  • Paddington Recreation Ground is nigh on revered by its sport-loving locals. It has numerous amenities, too many to sum up in one sentence. Check them out here.
  • The Maida Vale Everyman Cinema is a treat for movie lovers. Kick back in a comfy sofa and let the staff bring your snacks to you. De-licious!


Maida Vale is smack bang in the middle of Central London. Maida Vale station itself is in Zone 2 on the Bakerloo Line, taking mere minutes to reach Paddington and Oxford Circus. Waterloo, another popular station, is just under twenty minutes away.

It’s also in close proximity to Notting Hill, mentioned in one of our previous area guides. Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove station are along two main lines, the Circle and Hammersmith & City, so this district is a treat for those of you who rely on a daily commute.

You can reach multiple other districts via the buses: Putney Bridge, Holborn, Paddington and Willesden to name a few. For the drivers among you, Maida Vale is a mere 15 minutes drive from the m1 and a five minute drive to access the M25.