Area Guides in North West London
We’ve put together a range of guides to the areas of North West London that we cover with our sales and lettings services.
Our aim is to give you a little insight into what it’s like to live in the area. They will provide you with details on the local area including things like property prices, transportation links, things to do and local amenities that serve the area.
With currently 11 comprehensive area guides available on our site, you’ll learn what you need to know about your chosen area, to help you come to a decision on whether it’s the right location for your new home or your next buy-to-let property.
To find out more read the snippets below or indeed go ahead and read the full and comprehensive guides.
Willesden / Willesden Green is a spirited little community in the corner of North West London mainly encompassing the postcodes NW10 and NW2 in the London Borough of Brent. This up-and-coming spot is now a real hit with young professionals and families moving in from neighbouring Hampstead, Notting Hill and Maida Vale. Tree lined streets and excellent transport links make this an attractive area to buy and rent.
Transport links include Willesden Green and Kilburn tube stations which are both on the Jubilee Line (Zone 2) and have fast direct connections to Green Park, Waterloo and Canary Wharf. Malores School caters to both infants and juniors, in addition to being incredibly popular, drawing families from all over west London to live in its catchment area.
Willesden Green is fast seeing a growth of trendy cafes and restaurants close to Willesden Green Station and down the High Road.
Neasden once named ‘the loneliest village in London’ is a multi-cultural and diverse area in the London Borough of Brent bordering Cricklewood, Brent Cross and Wembley. One of the area’s most eye-catching sights is the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan London Mandir, the largest Hindu temple outside of India, but Neasden was also the site for the first drive-through McDonald’s in 1988 and the first UK IKEA store, opened in the 1990s.
Transport links include Neasden tube station (Zone 3) based on the Jubilee Line and nearby Harlesden Overground station (National Rail), with road links throughout London via the North Circular Road which is a dominant feature of Neasden.
The most notable schools in the area include St Marys CofE Primary School and The Swaminarayan School.
Dollis Hill borders Gladstone Park and neighbours Willesden Green and Cricklewood. Dollis Hill shares the excellent transport links of its neighbouring areas and being on a hill, as its name implies, has great views across Harrow and Ealing. Properties in this Brent neighbourhood are mainly Edwardian on tree lined streets with a mixed suburban and urban feel to the area.
Transport wise Dollis Hill Station is positioned in Zone 3 on the Jubilee line and offers varied transport links into central London.
Kensal Rise – Kensal Green
Kensal Rise is located on the southern edge of the London Borough of Brent. It offers a vibrant feeling of diversity, attracting young professionals and young families alike.
Kensal Rise / Kensal Green offers great transports links with the number 6 bus direct to Oxford Street. Kensal Green tube station (zone 2 – Bakerloo line) is just 12 minutes to central London and Kensal Rise overground station just three stops away from Hampstead Heath.
Harlesden is celebrated for its culturally rich heritage. The area has a prominent high street with extensive shopping facilities and a busy town centre compromising of mainly independent shops that serve the community feel.
Harlesden offers a new Crossrail train station at Old Oak which will become an important transport hub with an interchange with High Speed 2 in 2026 and possible new links with the overground and tube. There are currently two overground tube stations and the Jubilee and Bakerloo lines are within walking distance. Numerous bus routes in the area make commuting into central London quick and simple.
Kilburn is bordered by Maida Vale in the South, Cricklewood in the North, West Hampstead on the right and Queens Park, Kensal Rise and Brondesbury on the left.
Transport links include prominent bus links via Kilburn High Road and tube links via Kilburn and St Johns Wood tube stations (Jubilee line – Zone 2)
Kilburn is a popular area for young professionals renting due the close vicinity to central London and also to young families who are moving to the area from other neighbourhoods.
Queens Park has very diverse and multicultural roots. This is reflected in the many specialist shops and businesses located in the vicinity including many international supermarkets and delis. Queens Park has two major high streets which are Salisbury Road to the East and Chamberlyne Road to the west, both with a great choice of independent shops.
Queens Park, covering 30 acres of land is at the heart of the neighbourhood and has been awarded Green Flag status for 17 years in a row for its facilities and use of space, which includes tennis courts, pitch and putt course and a children’s playground.
Great transport links makes this an ideal area to move to with Queens Park and Kensal Green tube stations serving the Bakerloo link and Kilburn High Road on the overground line.
Queensbury is one of north-west London’s most popular residential areas. Locals appreciate the amenities on offer, not to mention the pleasant green spaces, which make the place feel far removed from the bustle of Central London.
House prices are exceptionally reasonable in the HA8 postcode, and the market is diverse; with buyers and tenants seeking studio apartments and large semi-detached properties alike. However, the area is becoming increasingly popular, which is likely to make property prices rise in the future.
The excellent transport links are another draw, with trains running from Queensbury station to locations like Baker Street, Waterloo and Canary Wharf. But it would be a mistake to write off Queensbury as just another ‘commuter zone’. In fact, the numerous local attractions and facilities make it a great place to call home.
Situated north-east of Wembley, Kingsbury was once a prominent medieval settlement and received a mention in the Domesday Book under the name Chingesberie. Nowadays, Kingsbury marks a welcome retreat from London’s urban sprawl. Despite being just a 15-minute tube ride into the city centre, Kingsbury has plenty of greenery. The Fryent Way Country Park and the Welsh Harp Reservoir give the area a countryside feel with plenty of outdoor pursuits to enjoy.
Kingsbury has some of London’s best kept secrets held in its maze of alleys and winding public footpaths. Home to a lost underground river, a hidden air raid shelter from the Second World War, a shooting range and a number of architects, Ernest Trobridge’s eccentric designs. Kingsbury has a deep and rich heritage and will reward those who take the time to explore.
Wembley Park is a celebration of London’s diversity. The area may be better known for its national sporting landmark, but it is the thriving multicultural heart of the community that appeals to locals. Restaurants offer an impressive array of Asian, African and European culinary delights and a weekly food market makes Wembley Park a foodie paradise.
The area has seen many big-ticket investment projects recently, bringing many people back to the area. The strong transport links to the city centre have brought more young professionals to Wembley Park, which had led to an influx of plush night-time hangouts and dining options.
The north-west London enclave of West Hampstead is a popular choice among city professionals and young families for its small village community feel in a bustling and thriving city. With regular community meetings and a thriving social scene amongst locals, West Hampstead has kept its small community feel partly due to flying under the radar. Many younger professionals and students prefer nearby Camden, while mature professionals and families frequently overlook West Hampstead and head to neighbouring, better-known Hampstead.
What remains is an un-spoilt community spirit, with strong transport links to central London and a thriving retail and gastronomy scene focused around West End Lane. There is a buzzing café culture and easy access to Regents Park and Hampstead Heath for some green space and an escape from the urban sprawl of the city.
Cricklewood is an area in northwest London that has undergone a regeneration in recent years. The commercial centre is Cricklewood Broadway with its many bustling shops, restaurants, cafes and other businesses. However, fine examples of renovated late-Victorian and converted Edwardian properties are found in the quiet surrounding streets.