It's impossible not to fall in a big way for the beauty and romance of this gorgeous part of West London. Whether you're here for gay massage in Maida Vale or you're visiting a restaurant or enjoying a calming, weekend walk, there's no resisting the sheer charm and character of the area. Part of it is undeniably down to the allure of Little Venice, a kind of area-within-an-area. As you'd expect from the name, it's situated around a canal, in this case the Regent's Canal. Stunning Edwardian and Victorian architecture lines the streets, with mansion flats and large stucco houses providing poetry for the eyes. The area is part of the Borough of Westminster, so it's conveniently central and easy to reach.
Aside from gay massage in Maida Vale which, thanks to a fast, international crowd of men, is some of the best you'll ever find, the area has myriad other distractions and pleasures. There's even a small, local theatre above a pub - the Canal Cafe. Here you'll find a thoroughly absorbing programme of one-man/one-woman shows, stand-up comedy, plays and musical revues. You can take the waterbus service all the way to London Zoo and Camden Town, a method of travel that affords you a completely different way of seeing the capital. Or you can hang around and explore by foot. There's no shortage of restaurants, cafes and one-of-a-kind spectacles such as the Puppet Theatre Barge. For pure whimsy and grand pleasure, few places in the city can beat this one.