Trendy Kilburn is the more affordable part of north-west London (NW6), located between Maida Vale and West Hampstead. This busy, multicultural district is currently the focus of heavy investment with a 10-year regeneration scheme that will bring 2,400 new mixed-tenure homes, shops, health facilities and a school.
The town of Kilburn has its origins in a 12th century priory on the banks of the Kilburn Brook, whilst its main thoroughfare – the inspiration behind punk musician Ian Drury’s first band Kilburn and the High Roads – is part of the old Roman road known as Watling Street.
The area’s other main road, Willesden Lane divides Mapesbury Estate — with its large, double-fronted Edwardian houses — from Brondesbury Park.
Packed with bars and restaurants, Kilburn is popular with young professionals in their early thirties who are attracted to the area’s amenities, reliable transport links and large period houses that have been converted into spacious flats.
- Kilburn High Road has two train stations at either end. To the northern end is Kilburn Tube Station on the Jubilee Line and Brondesbury Network Rail Station and to the southern end is Kilburn Park Tube Station on the Bakerloo Line and Kilburn High Road Network Rail Station.
- Buses run directly to the west end or north/north west London. Numbers are 16, 316, 28, 31, 98, 32, 189.
FOOD & DRINK
- Ariana 11 – Offers an array of succulent Afghan dishes, including signature spiced kebabs
- The Alice House – Convivial mix of vintage chic, cocktails, craft beers and relaxed dining.
- Little Bay – Quirky modern European restaurant with romantic candle-lit interior.
- Brondesage – Spacious modern pub with reasonably priced menu and back room excellent for watching football matches.
- The Black Lion – Traditional pub with amazing Grade 2 listed embellished ceiling and open fireplaces.
- Love & Liquor bar – Low-lit cocktail bar with chandeliers and leather booth seats.
THINGS TO DO
- Kilburn Studio – Pilates and Yoga movement studio.
- Tricycle – A leading fringe theatre and art-house cinema. It commissions its own plays, which often transfer to the West End.
- Kilburn parks. Kilburn Grange has tennis courts and a children’s play area, whilst Queens Park boasts 6 all weather tennis courts, a pitch and putt course, children’s play area with a paddling pool, a children’s farm and a café.
- Bingo – There area has a massive Mecca bingo hall.
- Kilburn Festival – Every July sees there is a free festival, with live music including reggae, jazz and traditional Irish tunes, numerous stalls and lots of visitors.