Maida Vale Area Guide

Brief history to Maida Vale

This outstandingly beautiful area of Central and West London is both unique and quirky. Leafy trees and quaint houseboats with their hanging baskets and bright paintwork makes this area one of the most attractive in the whole of the capital. Once home to the Bishop of London during the 17th Century, Maida Vale takes its name from an old public house on the Edgware Road, The Maida. The Maida pub was named after a battle in which Sir John Stuart defeated Napoleon at the town of Maida in Italy (1806).

Take a walk through Little Venice and experience the Regent's Canal in all its glory, pretty houseboats and plenty of greenery give this area a real country village feel. Predominantly residential, the region is also host to a range of taste bud enticing delicatessens, restaurants and bars. For finding that one-off item you are spoilt for choice with the number of independent clothing boutiques and specialist food stores available.

A relatively small area, Maida Vale covers just one kilometre square and takes up most of the W9 postcode. To the east of the area you will find the famous Lord's Cricket Ground and the BBC Maida Vale Studios. For those in need of a trip down memory lane the infamous Beatles song Abbey Road was inspired by this small corner of our capital.

Types of Property in Maida Vale

There's a wide section of property types within this gorgeous area of Central and West London. Some of the most desirable homes are located around the two canals. Stucco fronted houses with canal views and spacious apartments in the mansion house conversions are in particularly high demand. Along Maida Vale itself you will find luxurious 1930s blocks which offer great contemporary apartment style accommodation.

New-build homes are available in the area at the Amberley Waterfront, a Redrow Homes development overlooking the canal on Amberley Road. The development includes a duplex penthouse with incredible views over the canal and the city itself.

Average rental prices

Maida Vale is so incredibly stunning the area is both vibrant yet peaceful and this is highly reflected in the cost of rental properties. You would expect to pay £222.25 per week for a studio flat in Maida Vale, a one bedroom apartment will cost approximately £484.50 per week and a two bedroom will cost in the region of £767.75 per week.

Council Tax Banding in the area ranges From A – £888.00 to H – £2,663.00. For more information about council tax charges in the area please go to Band values & charges.

Who lives in Maida Vale

The area attracts media and music industry moguls and the quiet residential streets are fantastic for young families. The contemporary style apartments are suited perfectly to young professional couples and house share potentials. There is a h4 community feel and the young mothers have their own online network with over 2500 members offering support, guides and girly chat. The area retains huge amounts of staying power, many residents have inherited their properties and will continue to pass them down through future generations.

Both Neil Gallagher and Robbie Williams have homes in the area, choosing the quieter, pretty tree lined streets of Maida Vale in perfect contrast to their celebrity style careers.

What to do in Maida Vale

Maida Vale offers a unique lifestyle within Central and West London, Clifton Street is renowned for its cafes and delicatessens. Possibly the most delicious is Raoul's with a delicatessen for treats to take home one side of Clifton Street and a restaurant to tempt the taste buds on the other. The Organic Farm Shop and the lovely Clifton Greens grocers form just a couple of the amazing independent shops on offer in this unique area.

Take an evening stroll along the canal side, the area is romantically lit from the lights of the narrowboats and pretty iron street lamps. Stop and take in some delicious dining at The Waterway, with a large outdoor eating area don't miss a second of the sunset whilst sitting alongside the pretty canal. For those seeking a more lively nightlife then popular bars include Canal 125, The Elgin, Prince Alfred and Idlewild.

The superb Clifton Nurseries is exclusive to the area and is described as one of London's loveliest garden centres. After finding your perfect purchases take refreshment in their coffee shop before heading home.

Transport

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.

Schools, Colleges and Universities

This incredible area of Central and West London is rich with schools and colleges. For those seeking primary level education the Little Sweethearts Montessori School, St Joseph's RC Primary School both have excellent Ofsted Reports. For secondary level education the City of Westminster College and the Dorothy Gardener Centre are both highly recommended by locals.

For more information on schools and colleges in the area please visit our specified section here.