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. A famous landmark is the Clayton Crown which has been transformed into a luxury hotel.
Cricklewood is in the London boroughs of Brent and Barnet and is the NW2 postcode. The short commute to the centre of London and the availability of spacious properties and flats attracts many families and first-time buyers. Residents of Cricklewood can easily travel to the City via Thameslink trains and King Cross St Pancras is close by giving direct links to Europe with the Eurostar.
There are also large green open spaces like Gladstone Park where many local residents like to relax on the weekends. Investment into the local area has seen many improvements to infrastructure, leisure facilities, and shopping. For example, the Brent Cross Shopping Centre has over 120 shops all under one roof.
Thanks to investment in Cricklewood, house prices are steadily on the rise. However, the Victorian, Edwardian and post-war houses still represent good value for money when compared to other London boroughs. There are also developments of new build flats that give homebuyers plenty to choose from.
In Cricklewood, the average price for a flat sells for around £430,000. Terraced houses sell for around £700,000+ and you would expect to pay just over £900,000 for a semi-detached Victorian house. Some of the most popular streets to live in Cricklewood are Harman Drive, Burgess Hill, and Fordwych Road.
Cricklewood has great transport links to the centre of London and beyond. Cricklewood station (Zone 3) is on the Thameslink line with direct connections to London Kings Cross and City Thameslink. From Kings Cross, there are plenty of Tube services connecting to all areas of London.
From Kings Cross St Pancras, there are also Eurostar services with rail links to Paris, Brussels, and beyond.
Cricklewood Broadway is part of Edgware Road and has quick road links to Marble Arch and Hyde Park. There is also easy access to the North Circular Road and the M1 motorway to the North.
Cricklewood has a great range of schools offering pupils high-quality primary and secondary education. There are 9 primary schools in Cricklewood, all of which have been rated as at least “good” by Ofsted. Three of the primary schools have an “outstanding” rating.
Both of the secondary schools in Cricklewood – Whitefield School and Hampstead School both have a “good” rating from Ofsted.
There are plenty of options when deciding where to go for a night out in Cricklewood. The most notable restaurant is at The Clayton Crown which serves Asian cuisine and also features a traditional pub. There are also many restaurants serving Indian cuisine, African food, Italian food, middle-Eastern cuisine, as well as street burgers, and pizzas.
The Elementree Bar and The Beaten Docket are popular gastropubs with the locals where you can enjoy a drink and meal for a reasonable price.
One of the reasons that many choose to live in Cricklewood is that there is an almost endless choice of shopping and things to do in Cricklewood. Most people head for Cricklewood Broadway for its independent grocers, small supermarkets, cheap cafes, and hairdressing salons. To the north end of Cricklewood Broadway are shops specializing in furniture, lighting, and DIY.
Brent Cross Shopping Centre is a popular destination for leisure and shopping in Cricklewood. There are many high street brands as well as restaurants and cafes. There is also a great choice of cinemas to choose from. For example, the Vue in the O2 Centre shows the latest blockbusters in the multi-screen complex. However, there is also the Lexi Cinema, an independent cinema that shows films and puts on opera shows.