Maida Vale

Maida Vale's floating homes make for serene scenery while its tube station makes for quick commutes.

Edwardian era mansions and tree-lined streets comprise Maida Vale, a predominately residential neighborhood in west London. Floating homes also characterize the area—houseboats and gondolas drift through this “Little Venice” thanks to the convergence of canals near its southern border. Peppered with local bars and cafes, this reserved neighborhood is better for swirling cocktails than swigging beers after (or before) a commute to central London. The journey is easy enough—Maida Vale has its own tube station.

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On the Map

Maida Vale is within City of Westminster and bordered by Westbourne Green, Lisson Grove, Paddington, St. John's Wood, Marylebone, Hampstead, LB of Camden, and LB of Brent

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

The London Eye: 26 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 40 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 76 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 60 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 26 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 23 minutes on the tube

A Village Feel In Maida Vale

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Cobblestone side streets and secluded courtyards characterize Maida Vale, a destination neighborhood for placid lifestyles and proper meals.

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Maida Vale's small-town shops allow you to feel miles away from London's bustling core, despite it being just a short commute.

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Pathways meant for strolling, bikes suited for cruising, and markets made for browsing define this modern village.

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Pixel
... plenty of good food, markets, and coffee shops; just far enough to feel like a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of downtown London."

Richard

Visited in 2013

Well-Connected for Easy Commutes

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Maida Vale's tube station makes it easy to access the rest of the city.

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When two wheels are more tempting than one train, rent a bike.

Pixel
Maida Vale is a leafy and safe area in central London and close to St Johns Wood, Primrose Hill and Notting Hill. There are quality local shops, cafes and restaurants on the same road and even a boutique cinema very near by. Maida Vale is in the same area as beautiful Little Venice and the flat is close to Warwick Avenue and Maida Vale tube stations."

London's Own Little Venice

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A sweet surprise you might not expect? Maida Vale is known as London's Little Venice. Boats bob along the canal that connects Camden, Maida Vale, and central London.

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Indulge in Italian food as you watch homes drift atop the water.

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If double-decker buses aren't your preferred mode of transport, board Maida Vale's waterbus. It provides direct service to London Zoo.

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Home sweet houseboat.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rebecca Duke has been working as a photographer for the last decade, after attending Central St Martin’s in London. Her work focuses on people, interiors and travel and has been published in The Sunday Times, Elle Decor and Conde Nast Traveller. Rebecca travels frequently for her work but loved working in her hometown of London for this project. London’s friendliness about this work took this ‘true Londoner’ by surprise.

Rebecca Duke

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