St John's Wood & Maida Vale

St John's Wood

St John's Wood is a highly desirable district of north-west London, England, in the City of Westminster, and at the north-west end of Regent's Park. St John's Wood is the location of Lord's Cricket Ground, home of Middlesex County Cricket Club and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), and original headquarters of the sport. It is also famous for Abbey Road Studios and the street Abbey Road where The Beatles recorded, notably the Abbey Road album, the cover of which features the band crossing the road. Paul McCartney has owned a property in the area since the 1960s and is regularly seen strolling along St Johns Wood High Street.

The nearest London Underground stations are St John's Wood, Swiss Cottage—on the Jubilee Line; Maida Vale, Marylebone Station and Warwick Avenue—on the Bakerloo Line; and Baker Street on Bakerloo Line, Jubilee Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line and Circle Line.

The nearest London Overground station is South Hampstead.

Maida Vale

Maida Vale is a residential district comprising the northern part of Paddington in west London, west of St John's Wood and south of Kilburn. It is part of the City of Westminster. The area is mostly residential, with many large late Victorian and Edwardian blocks of mansion flats.

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 now the place of a street market on the Piazza at the junction of Elgin Avenue and Harrow Road.

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

Maida Vale tube is on the Bakerloo Line, and Warwick Avenue.

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 are known as Little Venice. A regular waterbus service operates from Little Venice eastwards along the canal around Regent's Park, calling at London Zoo and on towards Camden Town.

Maida Vale has wide tree-lined avenues, large communal gardens and red-brick mansion blocks from the late Victoria and Edwardian eras. The first mansion blocks were completed in 1897, with the arrival of the identically-designed Lauderdale Mansions South, Lauderdale Mansions West and Lauderdale Mansions East in Lauderdale Road. Others quickly followed in neighbouring streets: Elgin Mansions (Elgin Avenue) and Leith Mansions (Grantully Road) in 1900, Ashworth Mansions (Elgin Avenue and Grantully Road) and Castellain Mansions (Castellain Road) in 1902, Elgin Court (Elgin Avenue) and Carlton Mansions (Randolph Avenue) in 1902, Delaware Mansions (Delaware Road) and Biddulph Mansions (Elgin Avenue and Biddulph Road) in 1907 and Randolph Court in 1910.

Notable residents have included:

  • David Ben-Gurion, (1886–1973), the first Prime Minister of Israel, at 75 Warrington Crescent
  • Sir Alec Guinness (1914–2000), Oscar-winning actor was born at 155 Lauderdale Mansions South, Lauderdale Road
  • Actress Joan Collins grew up in Maida Vale
  • David Gilmour of Pink Floyd formerly lived there
  • Ruth Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, the English crime novelist
  • Jennifer Saunders the British actress lived here
  • Jarvis Cocker of Pulp lived here in 1997
  • Paul Weller of the Jam and the Style Council
  • Björk, Icelandic singer
  • Kate Moss, international fashion model and designer
  • Bradley Wiggins, cyclist and Olympic gold medalist
  • Sergio Pizzorno, musician from Kasabian