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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Athletics & Sports
“The park is not very big but it is beautiful, clean and with some nice and tidy gardens. On sunny days it can get busy but not as busy as other parks like Hyde Park. They have many sports facilities for outdoors sports, a fitness suite and a cafe. I use the tennis facilities and I am very happy with the courts. The cost is really low and there is a good number of courts (around 13), both tarmac and synthetic. The courts have trees around them to provide some peace and quiet while you play.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Watch a movie on a sofa and get served a great burger and beer ( or glass of prosecco ) …. :)”
  • 54 locals recommend
Pub
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“The Elgin offers fresh specialist coffees, tasty homemade food and an extensive range of quality wines and beers.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Pub
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“Traditional british pub fare. Impressive decor with an open fire. Excellent 'Sunday Roast'.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Middle Eastern Restaurant
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“Reasonable prices wide menu range to include vegetarian options Top rated Does delivery Within walking distance to the property”
  • 9 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Indo-Chinese fare in a bare-bones, canteen-style venue with an open kitchen and communal tables.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“In a green corner of Maida Vale is Le Cochonnet. This lively Mediterranean restaurant is located just off busy Elgin Avenue and can be appreciated by couples, groups of friends, and families alike. At night the twinkling fairy lights that cover the leafy trees outside transform Le Cochonnet to create a relaxed dining experience. A selection of gourmet pizzas, incredible pasta dishes, and salads can be sampled whilst sipping a glass of wine or two. And if you’re struggling with making a decision on what to eat, we suggest the Fiorentina pizza, it never disappoints!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Literally a stone’s throw away from the Maida Vale tube station is Thai Rice. Priding itself on fast, friendly service, this restaurant produces authentic Thai cuisine, which both looks and tastes great. You may just want a bowl of your favourite Thai curry, or if you’re feeling extra peckish why not try a selection of the noodle, rice, and stir-fried dishes available on the menu? Vegetarians need not fret, as there is a whole selection of vegetarian plates to choose from.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Pharmacy
“Small Boots chemist branch Mon to Fri 8:30am–7pm Sat 8:30am–6:30pm Sun 11am–6pm”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Pretty self explanatory - but just in case you like to tick them off the list”
  • 10 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Famous BBC studios where iconic stars of the past and future come to perform”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“An old London Public House, full of character and great pub grub - sit by the fire and have a pint of their finest …..”
  • 10 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“London is made up of a series of ‘villages’ each with its own different character and feel. Maida Vale is an affluent residential district just west of the centre and is a pretty, quiet and safe neighbourhood. The area is mostly residential, with many large late Victorian and Edwardian blocks of mansion flats and is within the City of Westminster. Maida Vale gets its name from a battle in 1806 where Sir John Stuart's men defeated Napoleon Bonaparte’s army at the town of Maida in Italy. There are three main areas, one around the tube in Elgin Avenue, that has two restaurants, Starbucks and Gail's coffee shops, a pub, two chemists, a hairdresser, two banks and shops selling a range of ethnic foods, vegetables and fruits. The second area is a short walk away in Clifton Road, where you will find three excellent cafés, a Tesco supermarket, chemist, beautician and two upmarket delicatessens. The third is known as Little Venice a very picturesque section of connecting waterways and canals with pretty houseboats. The Canal Café Theatre and restaurant is close to the bridge and in season there are many public hire narrow boats to travel up and down the canals. There is also another Tesco supermarket in Hall Road and across the road a charming small independent Everyman cinema. There is a large park, the Paddington Recreation Ground, that has a gym. You don’t have to go far to find interesting places to visit in London, particularly if you have been here before and want to explore lesser known London. All the places of interest listed below are walking distance away: • Abbey Road Studios: These are recording studios made famous by the Beatles • Lord’s Cricket Ground: one of two major cricket venues in London and home of the MCC. • Regent’s Park: Stunning royal park with boating on the lake in the summer • BBC recording studios: check out the BBC website for their programme of events • Portobello Road: Great and diverse market (see shopping below) • Regents and Grand Union Canals: Stunning walks along the canals in good weather ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Dry Cleaner
  • 4 locals recommend
Cafe
“La Piccola Deli, your local Italian delicatessen bringing you the best tasting food direct from Italy The also have an outdoor area that can be covered with their retractable awning”
  • 8 locals recommend
Liquor Store
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“Right opposite the tube is this wine shop where we have grabbed manyer bottle after a hard days work!”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pub
“The Elgin offers fresh specialist coffees, tasty homemade food and an extensive range of quality wines and beers.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Pub
“Traditional british pub fare. Impressive decor with an open fire. Excellent 'Sunday Roast'.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Middle Eastern Restaurant
“Reasonable prices wide menu range to include vegetarian options Top rated Does delivery Within walking distance to the property”
  • 9 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Indo-Chinese fare in a bare-bones, canteen-style venue with an open kitchen and communal tables.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“In a green corner of Maida Vale is Le Cochonnet. This lively Mediterranean restaurant is located just off busy Elgin Avenue and can be appreciated by couples, groups of friends, and families alike. At night the twinkling fairy lights that cover the leafy trees outside transform Le Cochonnet to create a relaxed dining experience. A selection of gourmet pizzas, incredible pasta dishes, and salads can be sampled whilst sipping a glass of wine or two. And if you’re struggling with making a decision on what to eat, we suggest the Fiorentina pizza, it never disappoints!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Literally a stone’s throw away from the Maida Vale tube station is Thai Rice. Priding itself on fast, friendly service, this restaurant produces authentic Thai cuisine, which both looks and tastes great. You may just want a bowl of your favourite Thai curry, or if you’re feeling extra peckish why not try a selection of the noodle, rice, and stir-fried dishes available on the menu? Vegetarians need not fret, as there is a whole selection of vegetarian plates to choose from.”
  • 15 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“A menu of French classics and a Gallic wine list served in a simple, intimate dining room.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Failsafe Italian chain (nationally and even some international restaurants), great for all the family and also good for gluten free.”
  • 4 locals recommend

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