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’.
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:
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.