Kensal Rise was once described as the wrong side of Portobello, but now thanks to the emergence of numerous trendy bars, boutique shops and eclectic restaurants – as well as a 2009 Vogue award naming Chamberlayne Road the hippest street in Europe – cool Kensal has risen.
The NW10 neighbourhood, located on southern edge of the London Borough of Brent, is increasingly popular with young professionals and families alike due to the area’s strong sense of community coupled with excellent transport links and a vibrant residential village feel.
Period properties tend to dominate across Kensal Rise, or Kensal Green as it is also known, which provides plenty of choice for renters and buyers looking for spacious flat conversions.
- Kensal Green and Queen’s Park tube stations (Zone 2) are on the Bakerloo Line.
- Regular overground train services to London operate out of Kensal Green as well as Kensal Rise and Brondesbury Park railway stations.
- Extensive bus services run from the area, including the number 18, 6, 52, 452.
FOOD & DRINK
- Minkie’s Deli – Possibly the coolest deli café in North West London.
- Crazy Baker – artisan bakery, shop and cafe offering rustic breads, pastries, cakes and cookies.
- Sacro Cuore – Easygoing Neapolitan-style pizzeria with a wood-fired oven and rustic decor.
- The Chamberlayne – Pub and Steakhouse with all natural ingredients.
- The Salusbury – Serves modern Italian dishes, fantastic wine and friendly service.
- Paradise by way of Kensal Rise – Gastro pub downstairs with upstairs that turns into nightclub on weekends.
THINGS TO DO
- Lexi Cinema – A ‘micro’ cinema with a unique charity and community focus.
- Queen’s Park – Has six tennis courts, a pitch and putt course, children’s café and playground.
- Chamberlayne Road – Take a stroll down this bona-fide celebrity and yummy-mummy enclave, with the likes of Sienna Miller, Daniel Craig and Paloma Faith all owning homes here.
- Scarlet and Violet – Pop into the flower shop and admire the exquisite flowers on display in old jugs, buckets and even milk bottles.