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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Secluded apartments

    Near to central locale

    Accommodating staff

  • Kids will love

    Secret walled garden

    Jam-packed toy cupboard

    Their own concierge

  • Don’t expect

    To avoid the tube

    Free WiFi

    In-house restaurant/bar


Europa House Apartments' luxury Maida Vale accommodation offers self-catering flexibility, unflappable staff available 24 hours a day, sleek white decor and surprisingly bucolic views. Set in a pretty and poised Edwardian townhouse, these spacious apartments make a cosy and convenient city base, close to Tube lines and central London’s family-friendly attractions. Kids will love being spoilt with their own concierge, toy cupboard and a tucked-away three-acre private garden.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Europa House Apartments with us:

A branded reversible canvas tote and a £10 Hamleys voucher

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Europa House Apartments

Advance purchase rate: 10% off


‘Europa House – in Maida Vale – is set in a tranquil line up of stucco-clad Edwardian townhouses so delightfully old school you almost expect a flock of Mary Poppins to float Magritte-style onto the rooftops.’

Smith & Family


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Need To Know


14 one to three-bedroom apartments.


11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.


Double rooms from £225.00, including tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Breakfast isn’t included in the room rate, but there are plenty of cafés nearby and supplies can be delivered to your room. Each apartment has a welcome tray with cookies, FairTrade tea, coffee, milk and sparkling mineral water. Children Under-2s stay in cots (free) and extra beds (£30 a night) for under-12s can be added to all apartments.


There’s direct lift access to all floors, and apartments are spacious enough to wheel prams or buggies around in. The entrance and reception stairs have ramps and disabled guests are accommodated in ground-floor apartments, but there are no special facilities.

At the hotel

Three-acre private garden, toy cupboard, DVD library, 24-hour concierge, WiFi throughout (£10 a day or £40 a week) and a secure underground car park.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, fully equipped kitchen (with an oven, microwave, washing/dryer, dishwasher, kettle, cafetière, pots and pans and cutlery), yoga mats and Ren bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The city-chic, white-walled two-bedroom apartments have an ideal set up for families with two kids in tow (or three; there’s ample room for a baby cot or extra bed), with a double bed in the master bedroom and a double bed or twin beds in the second bedroom. An open-plan lounge and dining area sets the scene for evening Scrabble gatherings, the kitchen allows for a few too many cooks and the master bedroom – with a combined shower and bath tub in the ensuite – would serve as a London studio flat. There’s a second bathroom – with a combined bath tub and shower – which the kids can claim as their own. Families with more branches to their tree can spread out in the three-bedroom apartment, which sleeps seven (with an extra bed) and has two furnished terraces. Parents with a newborn can fit snugly into a one-bedroom apartment; the baby cot will fit in the living room or the bedroom. Request a room at the back of the hotel for glorious garden views.


The kids' concierge has put together a London guide, which you'll find in your apartment on arrival: a pint-sized pocket book with the capital’s child-pleasing activities and restaurants, including journey times and the nearest Tube stations.

Book ahead

If you want your kitchen stocked with artisanal gourmet goodies, alert the hotel a week before you arrive. There’s one children’s car seat available to borrow, so put in a request in advance of your stay, if you need it.

Food and drink

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Your apartment’s sleek and shiny kitchen has a well-stocked arsenal for family-feast crafting. A cornucopia of epicurean delights can be hunted and gathered in one swoop on Clifton Road. Pick up gourmet ingredients from Raoul’s deli (+44 (0)207 289 6649), organic fruit and veg from Clifton Greens (+44 (0)20 7286 5060), and melt-in-the-mouth meats from the Sheepdrove Organic Farm Butchers (+44 (0)207 266 3838). For dessert, Baker and Spice (+44 (0)207 289 2499) is renowned for its pastry prowess. Maida Vale’s family-friendly gastropubs – just a stroll away – offer sophisticated fare in laid-back surroundings for the kitchen-shy.

Family fare

The hotel staff can furnish your apartment with bountiful baby kit: highchairs, sterilisers, bottles, bibs, booster seats and colourful children’s cutlery can all be summoned with a phone call.

Hotel Bar

There’s no bar, but the Winery on Clifton Road attracts the capital’s oenophiles with its impressive range of plonk. Pop in to pick up a decadent vintage, a biodynamic bottle or something fabulously fizzy.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Lay the dining table for a family meal, then have a post tuck-in pyjama-clad takeaway picnic in the intimate confines of the master bedroom.

  • Room service

    There’s no room service, but the concierge will happily arrange for a delivery from the globetrotting selection of takeaways nearby. With Lebanese, Italian, traditional fish ’n’ chips, Brazilian and more available, even the pickiest eaters will be pleased.


    Europa House Apartments can arrange a luxury food delivery from Tilia Groceries (, so that on arrival your shelves are laden with artisanal booty from local butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers. The menu covers everything from charcuterie platters and chutneys to caviar, cake and gelato. If you need to stock up on nappies, baby wipes, formula, snacks and treats head to Tesco Supermarket on Clifton Road (open 7am–11pm).


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Parent approved

‘Europa House – in Maida Vale – is set in a tranquil line up of stucco-clad Edwardian townhouses so delightfully old school you almost expect a flock of Mary Poppins to float Magritte-style onto the rooftops.’

Smith & Family


Babysitters – from a third-party agency – are available for £6.60 an hour, and should be requested at least 24 hours in advance (for a minimum of three hours). If a sitter is available, the company can arrange short-notice babysitting.


Nannies can be hired from a local agency for £6.60 an hour (for a minimum of three hours), if requested 24 hours in advance.


No baby-listening service, but staff can supply baby monitors.

Other Services

Magical birthday parties can be conjured up, seemingly at the whisk of a wand (although prior notice is best). Do you need a cake, entertainer and decorations for your child’s birthday? They can be delivered that day. How about a private meet and greet with the animals at London Zoo, or a 3D-movie screening for your teen and friends? Europa House Apartments' well-connected concierge can make it happen.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Weaning spoons • Beakers/sippy cups • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Baby monitors • Changing mat • Baby bath • Pushchair • Infant car seat • Baby carrier • Sun tents • Playpen • Soft toys • Crayons • Board books

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seat • Cutlery • Beakers/sippy cups • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Potties • Toddler toilet seat • Bathroom step • Changing mat • Socket covers • Playpen • Sun tents • Toddler-proof toys • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• Car booster seats • DVD library • Board games • Craft materials • Lego


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Things to do

You’ll be itching to whip out your Oyster card and take the Tube to London’s museums, parks, shops and palaces; however, the rolling, green private garden offers some respite from sightseeing; bring a book and settle on a bench while the kids monkey around on the slide, swings and jungle gym in the little playground. Families get their own key to the garden, so while the kids are letting off steam under Mr Smith’s supervision, ask the staff to book you an in-room spa treatment or yoga lesson. Dig into the toy cupboard or DVD library to gather props for some quality family time.

Hotel activities

A selection of bats and balls, skipping ropes, cricket stumps and pop-up tents provide plenty of fair-weather fun in the garden; there’s even a teepee you can set up camp in. Raid the toy cupboard when holed up indoors or if it’s too cold to charge about outside. Foster some healthy family competition with Monopoly, Connect Four and chess, or get creative with Lego and Duplo blocks, and crayons and drawing books. There’s also a wide range of DVDs for sofa-snuggled movie nights and books for bedtime stories.

And there's more…

Seasonal events are held in the garden, with fireworks and a bonfire on Guy Fawkes Night, and carol singing at Christmas.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

The Tapa Room (+44 (0)207 935 6175) – downstairs from the Providores – is a laid-back hangout for sharing small plates and sipping New Zealand vintages.

Don't miss…

The Waterway's sister restaurant, the Summer House (+44 (0)207 286 6752, – a nautical-chic, family-friendly eatery by the canal.

Aristocratic Bakerloo line outpost Maida Vale offers a serene time out from London’s hyperactive centre, but Europa House Apartments is close enough to explore – just a five-minute stroll from Maida Vale Tube station. Paddington Recreation Ground – five minutes from the hotel – is a patchwork of football pitches, tennis courts and grassy greens, and tot-tailored matinée screenings are held every Saturday from 10am to 12 noon at Everyman Cinema (+44 (0)871 906 9060, on Sutherland Avenue. Mother and toddler photography, art and music morning classes are held in The Alice House (0207 624 0008, pub in Queen’s Park, a four-minute tube ride away, where ample buggy leeway and a kids’ menu with cleverly concealed vegetables promise family-lunching Valhalla. Travel to Regent’s Park (on the Bakerloo line) to run wild in London Zoo (+44 (0)844 225 1826, – where kids can sleep over in the bug house or become a keeper for the day – or glide along Regent’s Canal on the London Waterbus (+44 (0)207 482 2550, to enter through a special gate; the boat moors by Warwick Avenue. If sunny, pick up goodies from Raoul’s Gourmet deli (+44 (0)207 286 2287, for a Regent’s Park picnic; animatronic dinosaurs and musicals have featured on the Open-Air Theatre’s family programme (+44 (0)844 826 4242,, so be sure to check what’s on. The Waterbus also does evening trips to and from the Zoo Lates events. Cosy up to uncanny celeb-alikes at Baker Street’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (+44 (0)871 894 3000, and pay homage to Britain’s greatest literary detective at 221b, where the Sherlock Holmes Museum resides (+44 (0)207 224 3688,

The peckish have their pick of tempting gastronomy in W9. A health-conscious kids’ menu can be found at The Waterway (+44 (0)207 266 3557,, which allows little ones until 8pm. The Elgin Bar and Grill (+44 (0)207 625 5511) welcomes children in its spacious shabby-chic dining room, with highchairs and toys to hand. Jettison the kids into the capable hands of a babysitter to visit The Providores (+44 (0)207 935 6175,, where the menu reads like the ravings of a well-travelled synesthetic mad scientist: smoked Dutch eel with ponzu tapioca and twice-baked blue-cheese soufflé with butternut-ginger sauce are just some of the curious dishes. The Tapa Room is a laid-back hangout for sharing small plates and sipping New Zealand vintages.

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Europa House Apartments
79A Randolph Avenue, Little Venice, London, W9 1DW, United Kingdom
Hotel setting

Paddington lair

Getting There

The hotel is one of a neat row of cream wedding-cake-ornate Victorian and Edwardian townhouses in pretty residential district Maida Vale, just a 10-minute walk from Regent’s Canal and Paddington Recreation Ground.


London Heathrow ( is the most convenient for Europa House Apartments. The Heathrow Express ( whisks you to Paddington station in 15 minutes; from there, Maida Vale Tube station is two stops on the Bakerloo line (or a 10-minute taxi ride). If you’re landing at Gatwick Airport, travel to Victoria station on the Gatwick Express (a half-hour trip), hop on the Victoria line to Oxford Circus then the Bakerloo line to Maida Vale.


The nearest Tube station is Maida Vale, just a five-minute walk from the hotel; the station has escalators but no lifts. International trains arrive at St Pancras (; from there, reach Maida Vale by taking the Circle line to Baker Street and jumping on the Bakerloo line. London Underground is a favoured target of Brit grumbling but the fairly zippy service ensures you won’t have to brave the hectic traffic. There’s a taxi rank just outside Paddington station; a one-way trip will cost you £15.


If you choose to drive, be warned: the hotel is just outside the Congestion Charge Zone, but venture onto the Edgware Road and you'll soon be zapped. On weekdays from 7am to 6pm, there’s a £10 daily charge to drive into and around central London (; parking is easy, but can be pricey. Beware overzealous traffic officials. Avis car-hire booths can be found at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, and use of the hotel’s underground car park is £30 a day.


The London Waterbus ( meanders up Regent’s Canal from Camden Lock to Little Venice via London Zoo and Regent’s Park; the Maida Hill tunnel stop is the most convenient for the hotel.

Parent travel tip

If disembarking from a long flight, book Heathrow’s concierge service to be ushered speedily through arrivals. A host will escort you through border control, pick up suitcases and book a taxi, if needed. There are baby-changing facilities, for a small fee, at Paddington Station and plenty of shops and cafés where you can pick up essentials. London’s labyrinthine bus network can be tricky to learn, but once you’ve got the gist of it the iconic double deckers’ entry ramps make them preferable to the tube. Buggies can be rolled on without unstrapping your child.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Europa House Apartments – has been selected and approved by parents.

Europa House Apartments – in Maida Vale – is set in a tranquil line up of stucco-clad Edwardian townhouses so delightfully old school you almost expect a flock of Mary Poppins to float Magritte-style onto the rooftops. Chanteuse caregivers don’t come as standard at these light and elegant self-catering apartments – with shiny gizmo-filled Miele kitchens – but request one of the supernaturally eager-to-please staff and they’ll deliver, as well as baby kit for all eventualities and a boredom-banishing toy trove.

London Zoo, Regent’s Park, Madame Tussauds and the capital’s renowned child-friendly sights are just a hop, skip and Tube ride away, but after packing your little ones sardine-style into a carriage, they’ll be thrilled to come home to an apartment with plenty of cat-swinging space and – that rarest of London phenomena – a three-acre, private, key-accessed garden, with a mini playground perched on top. All in all it’s simply super(califragilisticexpialidocious).

Smith & Family

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Europa House Apartments in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

Great size apartment, fully equipped.

Don’t expect

Luxury - this is a more functional space, good for stays when a home from home is needed.

Rating: 6/10 stars