Prior to the opening of Maida Vale in 1915, ‘Elgin Avenue’ was another suggested title for the station. The origins of the name Maida Vale derive from the Battle of Maida of 1806, in which Sir John Stuart defeated the French. Maida Vale station is Grade II listed due to its ornate mosaics and bold escalators.
Maida Vale is home to one of the BBC’s earliest studios at Delaware Road, the hub of the radio news service during World War 2. The studio is currently the location for Radio One’s Live Lounge sessions, in which contemporary musicians perform their chart-topping tracks acoustically.
Notable past and present residents of Maida Vale include Olympic gold-medalist Bradley Wiggins, as well as Paul Weller, Joan Collins and Björk.
Artworks are currently installed at the following stations