The Best Pubs in Maida Vale, London

The charming Maide Vale is home to a variety of pubs
The charming Maide Vale is home to a variety of pubs | © Greg Balfour Evans / Alamy Stock Photo
Sage Fitzpatrick

With bustling Notting Hill and Camden Town in proximity, you may have often overlooked Maida Vale. Whether you want lazy afternoons sharing a bottle of wine by the canal, or plenty of pints while enjoying live music, you’ll find it in Culture Trip’s guide to the area’s must-try pubs.

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The Warrington Hotel

On the corner of the quiet, leafy Warrington Crescent is the Warrington Hotel. This Grade II-listed building from 1857 oozes charm and creates the perfect place for a few relaxed drinks on a Friday night. It boasts impressive original features such as mosaic floors, a stunning marble fireplace and stained-glass windows. Not only is it one of Maida Vale’s finest pubs, it’s also a great place to have Sunday lunch with friends, and if you wish to extend your stay at the Warrington, it offers five beautifully decorated hotel rooms.

The Union Travel

With a beautiful outdoor space and scenic views of the canal, the Union Tavern is another great spot for a drink. It’s within walking distance of Westbourne Park and Maida Vale tube stations, making it easily accessible. The venue also hosts live music, so get yourself to the Union Tavern every Thursday to have a drink and listen to some talented musicians.

The Warwick Castle

The Warwick Castle has been serving drinks in Little Venice since 1867. This welcoming venue is an excellent place to visit whether you choose to enjoy one of the many glasses of wine on the menu or want something a little stronger to sip in front of the open log fires. If you fancy getting competitive, it offers a weekly quiz night. You’ll also find live sports playing – check its website for listings each week.

The Hero of Maida

All hail the Hero of Maida – or better still, raise a glass. This distinguished Victorian tavern treads a fine line between the waterways of Little Venice and the polished townhouses of Warwick Avenue. Smartly besuited inside, it features midnight-blue panelling, gallery walls and antique-style brass lights. It offers a first-rate menu, complete with a Hereford beef fillet and fishcakes with saffron cream, and has bedrooms upstairs if you’ve had one tipple too many. Homely touches in the rooms (velvet cushions, vintage Roberts radios, Bramley bath products) ensure you’ll wake up with a fresher head. A regular boozer, this isn’t.

The Elgin – Maida Vale

The Elgin works with independent breweries and suppliers to showcase the best beverages of the British Isles, from craft beers to a wide range of old- and new-world wine. Its pub grub – brunch, dinner and Sunday roasts – packs a punch, with fresh, quality food that changes with the seasons. Unlike most pubs, the Elgin prides itself on its coffee, sourcing beans from Coleman Coffee Roasters for the richest tasting coffee you’re likely to find in a bar.

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