Maida Vale

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Geography

The Maida Vale area is usually regarded as being bounded by Maida Avenue and the Regent’s Canal to the south, 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 km2. It makes up most of the W9 postal district. The southern part of Maida Vale at the junction of 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.[2] The name of “Maida Hill” has since fallen out of use, although it has recently been resurrected through the new 414 bus route[3] (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.[4]

Just to the east of Maida Vale is St John’s Wood and Lord’s Cricket Ground.

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 the Edgware Road soon after the Battle of Maida, 1806.[5][6]

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Maida Vale was a predominantly Jewish district, and the 1896 Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, a Grade II listed building and headquarters of the British Sephardi community, is on Lauderdale Road. The actor Alec Guinness was born in this road. The first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, lived within sight of this synagogue on Warrington Crescent,[7] and the pioneer of modern computing, Alan Turing, was born a few hundred yards further down this same road.[8]

Maida Vale tube station was opened on June 6, 1915, on the Bakerloo Line, and Warwick Avenue tube station, on the same line, was opened a few months earlier.

[edit] BBC 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 of the 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 BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Little Venice

The canal junction at Little Venice

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 Clifton Gardens[9] 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.[10] However, this was disputed by Lord Kinross in 1966[11] and by London Canals.[12] 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,[citation needed] 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[13]

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