North West London Area Guide
Willesden, Harlesden, Kensal Green, Brent Park, College Park, Stonebridge, North Acton, West Twyford, Neasden, Old Oak Common & Park Royal.
What’s it all about:
Many different areas make up the culturally diverse NW10 district. Leading the way are Willesden and Harlesden. Willesden has a sizeable Irish population as well as a large Afro-Caribbean community, whereas Harlesden is more strongly renowned for its Caribbean culture and has been unofficially named London's Reggae capital as well as being home to Irish, Brazilian, Portuguese and Columbian communities. The area also has a rich boxing heritage with two Olympic gold medalists, Audley Harrison and James DeGale, hailing from Harlesden as well as former World Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis.
Roundwood Park is a lovely open space in the area if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of central London. There are also some fantastic places to eat and drink in the area.
The Chamberlayne - This gastro pub has steak at its heart; its prime beef sourced from Smithfield market and grilled to perfection.
The Island - You won’t find Gilligan here but you will find good times, great beer and a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Minkie’s Deli - This Kensal Rise hub is where all the cool and trendy head to for their morning caffeine fix.
Behesht - Experience Iranian cuisine and hospitality at this unique restaurant.
Rail - Willesden Junction (and Kensal Rise) are on the London Overground network and has trains running to London Euston with a journey time of approximately 18 minutes. Willesden Junction also has services running to Richmond (24 minutes), Clapham Junction (23 minutes) and Watford Junction (33 minutes).
The area will also benefit hugely from the upcoming HS2 rail project. Old Oak Common Station will be a new super-interchange which will link HS2 with Crossrail and the Great Western Main Line. This will provide rapid onward travel to Heathrow Airport. The brownfield site is now one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects backed by the Mayoral Development Corporation. The plan is to create new homes, offices and commercial space, creating up to 65,000 jobs.
Tube - NW10 falls within London’s zone 2 and 3 and is on the Jubilee line. A journey from Willesden Green to Bond Street takes approximately 14 minutes. A journey from Willesden Green to London Bridge takes approximately 25 minutes.
Willesden Junction and Kensal Green are on the Bakerloo line. A journey from Willesden Junction to Oxford Circus takes approximately 22 minutes.
Buses - The following buses run through/from the area:
6 towards Aldwych
52 towards Victoria
206 towards Kilburn Park or St Raphael's
220 towards Wandsworth (24-hour service)
224 towards Wembley
228 towards Central Middlesex Hospital or Maida Hill
260 towards Golders Green or White City
266 towards Brent Cross or Hammersmith (24-hour service)
302 towards Kensal Rise or Mill Hill Broadway
487 towards South Harrow