Secret London: Maida Vale
Little Known Facts about Maida Vale
In the late 19th and early 20th century, Maida Vale was predominantly a Jewish district. The area contains the 1896 Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue (a Grade II listed building) and the headquarters of the British Sephardi community.
The first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, lived on Warrington Crescent.
The Canal Café Theatre in Little Venice hosts up to 14 shows per week and is home to News Revue, the Guinness Word Record holder for the world’s longest running live comedy show.
Nearby Portobello Road Market is regularly the focus of press and media attention and mostly remembered from the Disney film ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ and more recently the film ‘Notting Hill’.