Maida Vale is a beautiful neighbourhood, an oasis of calm providing a shelter from the hustle of central London. Framed by London’s most attractive green spaces – in Queen’s Park, Hyde Park and Regent’s Park – it is best known for the canals that bisect the area, rightfully providing its name of ‘Little Venice’.
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Restaurants and cafés
While not far from Notting Hill and Portobello Market, Maida Vale itself is filled with an extensive range of boutique cafés, restaurants and shops:
- The Red Pepper
- The Colonnade
- The Summerhouse
- Thai Rice
- The Coffee Tree
- Kipferl Kneipe and Kitchen
- Quince Tree Café
- Café O’Porto
Pubs and bars
The area has a long association with pubs and bars – being named after the Hero of Maida inn that used to lie on nearby Edgware Road. Some of London’s best can be found here, not least by the canals:
Things to do
Maida Vale has a long and illustrious cultural history, particularly with regard to music: artists including David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix have made use of the facilities, not to mention a once little-known group called The Beatles:
A walk along the pristine canals will take you past London Zoo, bisecting Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill. Beyond this there are north London’s sporting highlights, including the world-famous Lord’s cricket ground.
- Little Venice
- London Zoo
- Regent’s, Queen’s and Hyde parks
- Lord’s Cricket ground
- Everyman Maida Vale (cinema)