Maida Vale (/ˈmeɪdə veɪl/ MAY-də vayl) is an affluent residential
district comprising the northern part of
Paddington in west London,
St John's Wood
St John's Wood and south of Kilburn. It is part of the City of
Westminster. The name is derived from the Hero of Maida inn which used
to be on Edgware Road near the Regent's Canal. The pub was named
after General Sir John Stuart, who was made
Count of Maida by King
Ferdinand IV of Naples and III of Sicily, after the victory at the
Battle of Maida
Battle of Maida in 1806. The area is mostly residential, and mainly
affluent, with many large late Victorian and Edwardian blocks of
mansion flats. It is home to the
Maida Vale Studios.
3 Little Venice
4 Other areas
7 In popular culture
8 Notable people
8.1 Commemorative blue plaques
8.2 Other notable residents
9 Notable local events
12 External links
A map showing the
Maida Vale ward of
Paddington Metropolitan Borough
as it appeared in 1916.
The area is bounded by Maida Avenue and the
Regent's Canal to the
Maida Vale Road to the north east, Kilburn Park Road to the
north west, and Shirland Road and Blomfield Road to the south west: an
area of around 1 square kilometre (0.4 square miles). It makes up most
of the W9 postal district. The southern part of Maida Vale, at the
Paddington Basin with
Regent's Canal with many houseboats,
is known as Little Venice. The area to the south-west of Maida Vale,
at the western end of Elgin Avenue, was historically known as "Maida
Hill", and was a recognised postal district bounded by the Avenues on
the west, the
Regent's Canal to the south,
Maida Vale to the east and
Kilburn Lane to the north. Parts of
Maida Vale were also included
within this. The name of "Maida Hill" had since fallen out of use,
although it has been resurrected since the mid-2000s, through the 414
bus route (which terminates on Shirland Road and gives its destination
as Maida Hill) and a new street market on the Piazza at the
junction of Elgin Avenue and Harrow Road.
Just to the east of
Maida Vale is
St John's Wood
St John's Wood and Lord's Cricket
Developed by the
Ecclesiastical Commissioners in the early 19th
century as middle class housing,
Maida Vale took its name from a
public house named after John Stuart,
Count of Maida, which opened on
Edgware Road soon after the Battle of Maida, 1806.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries,
Maida Vale was a
Sephardic Jewish district. The 1896 Spanish &
Portuguese Synagogue, a Grade II listed building and headquarters of
Sephardi community, is on Lauderdale Road. The actor Alec
Guinness was born on this road. The first Prime Minister of Israel,
David Ben-Gurion, lived within sight of this synagogue on Warrington
Crescent. The pioneer of modern computing, Alan Turing, was born
at what is now the Colonnade Hotel in Warrington Crescent.
Maida Vale tube station
Maida Vale tube station was opened on 6 June 1915, on the Bakerloo
line, and Warwick Avenue tube station, on the same line, was opened a
few months earlier.
Maida Vale Studios
Maida Vale is home to some of
BBC network radio's recording and
broadcast studios. The building on Delaware Road is one of the BBC's
earliest premises, pre-dating Broadcasting House, and was the centre
BBC radio news service during World War II. The building houses
a total of seven music and radio drama studios, and most famously was
home to John Peel's
BBC Radio 1
Peel Sessions and the
The canal junction at Little Venice
Main article: Little Venice (London)
Little Venice is a comparatively recent name for parts of Maida Vale
Paddington in the City of Westminster. It consists of the area
surrounding the Little Venice Lagoon and its canals. It is known for
and defined by its Regency style white stucco buildings and its canals
and moored boats. Maida Avenue, Warwick Crescent and Blomfield Road,
the streets in the south of
Maida Vale overlooking Browning's Pool
including the section of Randolph Avenue south of Warrington
Crescent, are known as Little Venice. According to one story, the
poet Robert Browning, who lived in the area from 1862 to 1887, coined
the name. However, this was disputed by Lord Kinross in 1966
and by London Canals. Both assert that Lord Byron (1788–1824)
humorously coined the name, which now applies more loosely to a longer
reach of the canal system. Browning's Pool is named after the poet,
and is the junction of
Regent's Canal and the
Paddington Arm of the
Grand Union Canal.
South Maida Vale, one of London's prime residential areas, also
has a reputation for its shops and restaurants, as well as for the
Canal Cafe Theatre, the Puppet Theatre Barge, the Waterside Café and
the Warwick Castle pub. A regular waterbus service operates from
Little Venice eastwards around Regent's Park, calling at London Zoo
and on towards Camden Town. Since 1983, the Inland Waterways
Association has hosted the Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice.
The Carlton Tavern (1922), an example of 1920s architecture.
Maida Vale is noted for its wide tree-lined avenues, large communal
gardens and red-brick mansion blocks from the late Victorian and
Edwardian eras. The first mansion blocks were completed in 1897, with
the arrival of the identically-designed Lauderdale Mansions South,
Lauderdale Mansions West and Lauderdale Mansions East in Lauderdale
Road. Others quickly followed in neighbouring streets: Elgin Mansions
(Elgin Avenue) and Leith Mansions (Grantully Road) in 1900, Ashworth
Mansions (Elgin Avenue and Grantully Road) and Castellain Mansions
(Castellain Road) in 1902, Elgin Court (Elgin Avenue) and Carlton
Mansions (Randolph Avenue) in 1902, Delaware Mansions (Delaware Road)
and Biddulph Mansions (Elgin Avenue and Biddulph Road) in 1907 and
Randolph Court in 1910.
Among the buildings of architectural interest was the Carlton Tavern,
a pub which stood on Carlton Vale. Built in 1920–21 for Charrington
Brewery, it was thought to be the work of the architect Frank J Potter
and was noted for its unaltered 1920s interiors and faience tiled
exterior. The building was being considered by Historic
Grade II listing when it was unexpectedly demolished in March 2015 by
property developer CLTX Ltd to make way for a new block of flats.
The 2011 census showed that 38% of the population was of White British
ethnicity, with Other White the second biggest at 22%.
Maida Vale is served by St Mark's parish church, Hamilton Terrace.
Between 1870 and 1906 the incumbent of St. Mark's was Robinson
Duckworth. Saatchi Shul, an independent Orthodox Jewish synagogue,
was founded in
Maida Vale in 1998.
In popular culture
Maida Vale has been used for the filming of a number of films and
Several scenes from
Paddington (2014) were filmed in Maida Vale,
including using the tube station (mocked up to appear to be the
fictional 'Westbourne Oak' station) and a police chase on Castellain
In the television adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel The Child in Time
the family was depicted as living in
Maida Vale and several of the
exterior scenes were shot around Elgin Avenue.
Scenes for the 2018 film In Darkness starring
Natalie Dormer were
filmed at a flower shop (made to appear to be a coffee shop) on
Scenes from The Mummy (2017) starring
Tom Cruise were shot in the
Warrington Pub in Maida Vale.
Maida Vale has also been referenced in a number of films and
In Season 4 of Downton Abbey, Lady Edith says she is having an
abortion because "I don’t want to be an outcast. I don’t want to
be some funny woman living in
Maida Vale that people talk about."
Maida Vale is the location where most of the action takes place in
"Dial M for Murder," both the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie, and the
original play written by Frederick Knott. Specifically there are
numerous references to the
Maida Vale police who investigate the
Commemorative blue plaques
Ordered by birth date
Andreas Kalvos (1792–1869), Greek poet and patriot, at 182
Ambrose Fleming (1849–1945), English electrical engineer and
physicist, at 9 Clifton Gardens.
David Ben-Gurion (1886–1973), first prime minister of Israel, at 75
Lupino Lane (1892–1959), theatre and film star lived at 32 Maida
Edward Ardizzone (1900–1979), artist and illustrator, at 130 Elgin
Alan Turing (1912–1954), code-breaker and pioneer of computer
science, at 2 Warrington Crescent.
Arthur Lowe (1915-1982), English actor, famed for his role as Captain
George Mainwaring in the television show Dad's Army, lived at 2 Maida
Hill West from 1969-1982.
Roger Bannister (1929-2018), English athlete and neurologist, trained
to break the 4-minute mile at the track in
Paddington Rec while he was
a medical student at St Mary's hospital. A plaque in
commemorates this connection to the area.
Other notable residents
Ordered by birth date where given, followed by those for whom no birth
date is given. See also People from Maida Vale
John Tenniel (1820–1914), artist and cartoonist, lived at 10
Portsdown Road, Maida Hill from 1854 to 1909.
John Lawrence Toole
John Lawrence Toole (1830–1906), comic actor, lived in Maida
James Payn (1830–1898), novelist and journal editor, died at his
home, 43 Warrington Crescent, on 25 March 1898.
Joanna Mary Boyce
Joanna Mary Boyce (1831–1861), portrait painter, born in Maida
Edward German (1862–1936), composer, lived at 5 Biddulph Road
from 1921 until his death in 1936.
Leslie Green (1875–1908), architect, was born in Maida Vale.
John Masefield (1878–1967), novelist, playwright and Poet Laureate
from 1930, lived at 30 Maida Avenue.
Leonard Keysor VC (1885–1951), Australian soldier, was
born in Maida Vale.
Philip Guedalla (1889–1944), writer, politician and barrister, was
born in Maida Vale.
Vera Brittain (1893–1970), writer, lived at 111 Wymering Mansions,
Victor Gollancz (1893–1967), publisher and humanitarian, was born at
256 Elgin Avenue, Maida Vale.
Irene Handl (1901–1987), character actress, was born in Maida
Nancy Mitford (1904–1973) author, lived at 13 Blomfield Road in the
Hardy Amies (1909–2003), fashion designer, dressmaker to Queen
Walter Kolarz (1912–1962), communist scholar, lived in Maida Vale
from 1940 until his death.
Ernest Clark, (1912–1994), actor, was born and raised in Maida
Alec Guinness (1914–2000), Oscar-winning actor was born at 155
Lauderdale Mansions South, Lauderdale Road.
Alan Freeman (1927–2006), broadcaster.
Enrica Soma (1929–1969), Italian-American socialite and ballerina,
one-time wife of
John Huston and mother of Anjelica Huston, moved
there with her children in 1962 after separating from her husband.
Ruth Rendell (1930–2015), Baroness Rendell of Babergh, the English
crime novelist, lived there.
Joan Collins (b. 1933) grew up in Maida Vale.
John Inman (1935–2007), actor, lived in a mews house in Little
Venice for 30 years.
Delia Derbyshire (1937–2001) lived in Clifton Villas during her time
BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
Joe Strummer (1952–2002) of Punk rock band
The Clash formerly lived
Jimmy McCulloch (1953–1979) of Wings died of a heroin overdose at
his flat there.
Jarvis Cocker (b. 1963) of Pulp was living there in 1997.
Björk (b. 1965), Icelandic singer, resident in the 1990s.
Ben Miller (b. 1966), comedian and actor.
Bradley Wiggins (b. 1980), renowned former cyclist.
Mohammed Emwazi (1988–2015), alleged executioner for Islamic State
known as "Jihadi John" attended St. Mary Magdalene Church of England
Primary School in Maida Vale.
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary (b. 1991), rapper and alleged murderer.
Daisy Ridley (b. 1992), actress.
Notable local events
St George's Roman Catholic Secondary School, situated in Maida Vale,
was the school of which
Philip Lawrence was head teacher at the time
of his murder in December 1995.
Roger Bannister trained to break the 4-minute mile at the track in
Paddington Rec while he was a medical student at St Mary's hospital. A
Paddington Rec commemorates this connection to the area.
For education in Maida Vale, see List of schools in the City of
City of Westminster
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