The streets of Maida Vale sing with it musical heritage and homes a manor of sights and activities to explore. So whether it’s for a family day out, romantic date or some time to clear the cobwebs, there’s something for everyone in Maida Vale.
What To See
Maida Vale is synonymous for its musical background, being the home of the infamous BBC Maida Vale studios, where many a legend has recorded their TV appearances.
You should also make sure you visit Abbey Road studios, the recording studio that’s synonymous with The Beatles. Picture the iconic image of them crossing Abbey Road as you walk in their footsteps.
If a quiet day out of absorbing London’s greenery is what you are looking for, then Primrose Hill should be at the top of your list. The beautiful green landscape provides the perfect backdrop for the city’s skyline.
Regents Canal is a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of London’s busy streets. It’s hidden away by surrounding buildings and offers a peaceful sanctuary for those looking for some quiet time
What to Do
For the kids, the ZSL London Zoo is always a great place to spend the day monkey-ing around with the animals! With such a large variety of animals, it’ll be hard to choose who to see first; you can beat your chest with the gorilla’s, roar with the lions or chill out with the penguins on Penguin Beach. You can also interact and get involved with some of the animals with the many attractions on offer; you can be a keeper for the day, meet the animals up close, feed the hungry llama’s or have high tea with the giraffes The Swiss Cottage Climbing Centre is also a great way to get the whole family involved in something fun and active; this centre is suitable for beginners and pros, and provides a safe space to practice your climbing abilities. Keeping in the sporty theme, take a trip to the Lord’s Cricket Ground, considered the ‘home of cricket’, where you can tour the grounds and explore the home of The Ashes.
What To Explore
To explore the history of Maida Vale, visit some of the fascinating museums on offer. For the psychology enthusiast, The Freud Museum provides an informative and historical visit. It was the home of Freud himself and is filled with antiquities (including the iconic psychoanalytic couch) preserved in time.
You can also visit the home of Mr Sherlock Holmes at the Sherlock Holmes Museum. You’ll find him at his usual address, 221b Baker Street!
The Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum offers a reconstruction of Fleming’s original laboratory. So if you’d like to explore the base where penicillin was made, then definitely take a trip to this educational and historical museum.
Where To Shop
Shopping can be an essential part of a trip for some, if so you should make time for a trip to Portobello Market. Portobello Market is one of the best loved markets in London. With its vast range of antiques and collectables, it’s sure not to disappoint. Looking for more vintage finds? Alfie’s Antique Market will have something for you.
Finally, after you’ve visited Abbey Road Studios and recreated the iconic picture, take a trip to The Beatles Shop, where you’ll find all the best paraphernalia and collectables.