The name Maida Vale was adopted from the Hero of Maida, a pub in Edgware Road, that opened in 1810.
Maida Vale is set between St Johns Wood, Little Venice and Paddington and has a village atmosphere. The Regents Canal runs along Maida Vale from Little Venice and is a great and picturesque place to go for drinks or lunch with friends.
The Inland Waterways Association organise their annual gathering of canal boats over the May Bank holiday weekend. Around 130 boats will be moored along the stretch of the Grand Union Canal between Blomfield Road, Warwick Avenue and Warwick Crescent for the Canalway Cavalcade, which has taken place every year since 1983. The boats will be decked in their best regalia and you can enjoy the real ale tent, Morris dancing, live music, trade stalls and refreshments – good old British fun!
You can also enjoy the river by taking a canal trip which will take you through Little Venice, Maida Hill Tunnel, Regents Park, and Primrose Hill up to Camden Lock.
The pace of life around the Maida Vale area is more relaxed which can be seen by the locals enjoying lunch or socialising in the numerous coffee bars and public houses which abound in the area. The surrounding properties in the area are a mix of white stucco fronted houses and red brick mansion blocks.
If you are a cricket fanatic, Lord’s Cricket Ground is within walking distance in St. John’s Wood.
Things to do:-
Canal Café Theatre
News Review – The longest running live comedy show (since 1979).
Jason’s Canal Boat Trip
Places to Eat:-
Raoul’s Deli – Restaurant and Deli
The Warrington – Gastro pub
The Waterway – Scandinavian Cuisine
Red Pepper – Italian Cuisine
The Truscott Arms