6 February 2020/ Area guides

Commercial Property Area Guide: Maida Vale - London

Commercial property to rent in Maida Vale

Maida Vale is an upmarket area of London in transport zone two that’s part of the City of Westminster. It’s just north of Paddington, above Westway Road and is home to plenty of green space, as well as a scenic stretch of Regent’s Canal. Many of the buildings in Maida Vale are from the late Victorian and Edwardian period, giving the area plenty of charming character. Those buildings in the Little Venice area, close to Warwick Avenue, can command tens of millions of pounds.

The area’s name comes from a pub called The Maida, which had a hanging board outside showing a picture of Sir John Stuart. The decorated general was the hero of the Battle of Maida in Italy and was granted the title of ‘Count of Maida’ by King Ferdinand IV. Though the pub no longer stands, the name has remained in use.

One of the things Maida Vale is perhaps best known for is the BBC’s Maida Vale studios, a building with an ornate façade where many of the broadcaster’s radio programmes are recorded. In 2018, it was announced that the BBC would move all its activities due to the rising cost of maintaining the 1930s-built building. Its new home is set to be in Stratford’s Waterfront development in the Olympic Park. For now, though, the landmark building remains in use.

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Getting around Maida Vale

There are two underground station in Maida ValeThe area’s namesake station is located just off Elgin Avenue, close to Paddington Recreation Ground. Closer to the Little Venice area and Regent’s Canal is Warwick Avenue station. Both are served by the Bakerloo Line, taking you south to Elephant & Castle or north west to Harrow & Wealdstone.

Paddington Station is the closest train stationIt can be easily reached via the underground, taking less than five minutes from either station in Maida Vale, or via car in around 10 minutes. You can even walk there in around 25 minutes if you fancy a more scenic route. Paddington is a major transport interchange, so you’ll be able to travel across the country from there.

You can reach the M1 in 15 minutes from Maida ValeMaida Vale has a good network of roads, whether you’re travelling out of the city or within it. Head up Kilburn High Road and you can reach the M1 quickly, which can take you as far north as Leeds. Or, use the A40 Westway road, which forms the area’s southerly border, to travel out towards the M25 or the M4, both heading to the west of the country.

Maida Vale has its very own ferry terminalWaterbus services run from Little Venice ferry terminal, off Warwick Crescent. While it’s a mode of transport more popular with tourists, its services run between Camden Lock and Little Venice and is a picturesque alternative to crowded public transport.

Three airports are within an hour’s journey of Maida ValeHeathrow Airport is around 40 minutes’ drive from Maida Vale, or an hour’s journey if you’re travelling by tube or bus. Luton Airport is just over 45 minutes’ drive north of the area, while London City Airport is around 50 minutes east, if you’re heading out on a short haul or domestic flight.


There are plenty of fantastic restaurants in Maida Vale

Little Bay


Sushi Murasaki


zero 75

Check out other places to eat in Maida Vale here.

Maida Vale has lots of coffee shops and cafés

The Peppermint

Petit Café


The Little Coffee Tree

Quince Tree Café

Find other places to get your caffeine fix in Maida Vale here.

Maida Vale has plenty of great facilities

There are six gyms in the Maida Vale area, including public gym facilities at Paddington Recreation Ground, St Augustine’s Sports centre and Barre 50 workouts.

Find more places to work out here.

There are three Post Offices in Maida ValeOne is on Castellain Road, around the corner from Maida Vale studios. The second is located off Elgin Avenue, a few steps from Maida Vale station and the final is on Formosa Street.

There is one bank in Maida ValeA Barclays Bank can be found on the corner of Elgin Avenue and the A5 Maida Vale. Venture up towards Kilburn and you’ll find Halifax, Santander, NatWest, HSBC, Lloyds and Nationwide branches.

You’ll find a number of small grocery stores in Maida ValeThere are three Tesco Express stores and a number of independent corner stores selling fresh groceries across Maida Vale. If you’re looking for a bigger supermarket, you’ll find Sainsbury’s and Iceland just north on Kilburn High Street.

Maida Vale is primarily a residential destination, but it’s home to a few independent shops selling clothes and accessories. Take a wander down Elgin Avenue or up Maida Vale’s namesake road to explore them. But while Maida Vale isn’t a shopper’s paradise, it’s got plenty of charming coffee shops and restaurants that line the river, making it a scenic spot to visit of an evening or during the weekend.

Retail properties to let in Maida Vale

Commercial real estate agents operating in Maida Vale

Davis Coffer Lyons

Avison Young


Realla has great commercial properties to rent in Maida Vale – here’s a selection

2 Elgin Avenue

12 Clifton Road

Chippenham Hotel

Notable businesses based in Maida Vale

FirstClick Digital

Rooster Advertising

Logichem Pharmaceuticals

De Novo Arts

Interesting facts about Maida Vale

Alan Turing, one of the fathers of modern computing, was born on Warrington Crescent in Maida Vale.

Maida Vale tube station opened on 6th June 1915 and was entirely staffed by women – the only UK station of its kind.

Little Venice has become a popular spot over the years for cash-strapped Londoners to moor houseboats, thanks to its calm and scenic section of Regent’s Canal.

Maida Hill tunnel is one of the longest along Regent’s Canal, at just under 250 metres. It takes boaters below Edgware Road.

There was once a strong Jewish community in Maida Vale during the late 19th and early 20th century. Now, the grade II listed Spanish And Portuguese Jews’ Synagogue still stands off Ashworth Road.

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