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.
From Victorian terraces to blocks of flats that resemble castles and modern new builds, Kingsbury boasts of an impressive selection of property types for a variety of budgets. The area around Fryent Way holds a lot of detached and semi-detached properties, while the area near Welsh Harp Reservoir is largely bungalows and terraces. For flats, try the area around Stag Lane.
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The area contains a diverse mix of schools, many with ‘Outstanding’ ratings from OFSTED. Stag Lane Junior School is one such example. In 2008 OFSTED awarded the school an Outstanding rating and described it as a place where pupils thrive academically and personally. Mount Steward Junior School on Mount Stewart Avenue received their Outstanding rating in 2012 and for younger pupils, Roe Green Infant School also received OFSTED’s highest rating in 2010. Kingsbury also has an excellent facility for educating children with special educational needs at the Village School, who were also awarded an Outstanding rating from OFSTED in 2016.
For secondary education, Claremont High School is a specialised performing arts, maths and computing academy and received an Outstanding rating from OFSTED in 2015. Park High School in nearby Harrow is also a quality school, achieving their Outstanding inspection rating in May 2013.
The biggest regeneration project occurring in Kingsbury at the moment is the major renovation of the Village School. The £29 million project has been tasked with replacing the aging buildings across the school to ensure they meet the educational requirements for children with special educational needs. There will also be facilities on the modernised site for community activities and a work-related learning environment for the general public.
Originally known as Tunworth, Kingsbury was initially established as a village next to Blackbird Hill. However, in the middle ages, the Black Death tore through the village and the old site was abandoned. The surviving population moved to Kingsbury Green, a hamlet slightly further north and this became the new epicentre of the village.
It wasn’t until the 1920s, when Neasden Station arrive in the area, that the population began to rapidly increase. Ten years later, the population was eight times larger and grew even more when the underground network was extended to reach Kingsbury Green in 1932.
Kingsbury is served by the underground station on Kingsbury Road. The service operates on the Jubilee line and connects Kingsbury with London Bridge and Waterloo. Nearby Colindale also has a stop on the Northern Line and the area has a number of bus routes heading to Holborn, Stanmore, Edgeware and Golders Green.
The Regency Club is a favourite among local Kingsbury residents. The restaurant offers an impressive design with wood panelled rooms and an inviting stained-glass front. Their wide selection of Indian dishes does not disappoint and they screen major sporting events on their 8 flat screen TVs. For a traditional English pub, J.J. Moon’s on the Kingsbury Road is a good choice and Blue Ginger offers an impressive Indian and Chinese fusion menu with a vibrant cocktail bar. There is also a whole array of other multi-cultural eateries and delights.
For nature enthusiasts and ramblers, Kingsbury is ideal. Tranquil Brent Reservoir boasts of plenty of footpaths and walking trails. Fryent Country Park is also a good escape from the mayhem of the city and allows for some weekend walking. For small children, nearby Brent Cross has Topsy Turvey World, a soft indoor play area for children up to 12-years-old.
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