While the magnificent, cream coloured stucco Maida Vale properties exude a typical Victorian air of splendour, the area’s more modern personality is best reflected in the streets of Clifton Road, Elgin Avenue and Formosa Street, and along the Regent’s Canal. These are great areas for shopping, eating and drinking, with quirky independent retail outlets, restaurants, bars and pubs.
Eat, Drink Coffee & Social in Maida Vale
Eat – The Waterway and Summerhouse
The Waterway is one of Maida Vale’s most popular restaurants, offering an award-winning outdoor terrace with spectacular views overlooking the Grand Union Canal – it’s the closest to Venice that you can get in London. The food is delicious, with the terrace menu offering a variety of grills, burgers and salads. At the weekend there’s the addition of brunches and Sunday roasts. There’s also an a la carte menu and a children’s menu.
The Waterway’s sister venue - the Summerhouse - is open all year and offers an equally lovely ambiance.
Drink – The Prince Alfred
Located in Formosa Street, this smart Grade II listed pub has recently been renovated and is now described as ‘a 160-year-old working museum’. Its former dining room is now a lively English brasserie and the original coal cellars have been transformed into private dining vaults. The interior provides a stunning backdrop while you enjoy Young’s and Camden ales on draught, or Beavertown and Hammerton craft beers in bottles. There’s also a wide selection of classic cocktails, spirits, wines, bar snacks and sharing boards.
Coffee – The Quince Tree Café
This multi-award winning is set within the stunning surroundings of Clifton Nurseries, which has a history dating back to 1851. Freshly prepared breakfasts, brunches, lunches and afternoon teas are served within the palm house, complemented by a wide selection of teas, coffees, pastries, savoury treats and daily specials. It’s no surprise that Vogue magazine once voted The Quince Tree as the ‘Most charming restaurant with a garden’.
Social – Activities along the Regent's Canal
If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, then there’s nothing better than a walk, jog or cycle along the Regent’s Canal. Take a leisurely stroll, watch the wildlife or even hire a barge or canoe to explore the waterway. In the surrounding area are pubs, restaurants, narrowboat cruises and even a theatre.