Queens Park Area Guide
One of North West London´s gems, Queens Park appeals to many young professionals and first-time buyers priced out of nearby Notting Hill,Maida Vale and Westbourne Park. Originally the impressive Victorian and Edwardian properties were home to large and welcoming Afro-Caribbean and Irish communities. Since the early 2000´s increasing numbers of young professionals have added a fashionable urban edge with the iconic Salusbury Road at the epicenter.
It´s easy to see why families are settling here. Every Sunday Salusbury Primary School undergoes a transformation into a lively farmer’s market. Queens Park itself is a hive of activity, especially in the summer when families can enjoy an outdoor cinema and a traditional English fête.
Demand for property is rising in Queens Park. Prices are well above their last peak in 2007 and it is quickly becoming one of London´s most sought after areas for young families. Due to rising demand a number of high profile developments are being undertaken in the area including Queens Park Place and Moberly Leisure Centre, which contains plans for 75 new one and two-bedroom apartments.
The community consists of two regions. The Queens Park which sits north of the railway was developed between 1895 and 1905. It´s streets are lined with well-kept Edwardian and Victorian terraces, with a scattering of semidetached houses. Houses here are prime real estate and the area is a protected conservation area. It is not uncommon to see property in the Northern district sell for £1,000 per square foot.
The other region of Queens Park is south of the railway. Although it also enjoys the status of being a conservation area, these properties are more than a decade older in most cases and a little smaller. These houses were originally constructed as social housing, but after being partly destroyed in the blitz; many houses were rebuilt and are now privately owned.
Average Costs: Buying
1 Bed Flat: £473,995
2 Bed Flat: £561,024
3 Bed House: £847,178
4 Bed House: £1,558,990
5 Bed House: £2,000,000
Average Costs Renting:
1 Bed Flat: £1,709 per month
2 Bed Flat: £2,360
3 Bed House: £2, 688
4 Bed House: £3,818
Property Value Price Range: £295,000- £2,750,000
Price Range by Number of Bedrooms:
1 Bedroom Property: £300,000- £500,000
2 Bedroom Property: £350,000- £900,000
3 Bedroom Property: £450,000-£1,000,000
4 Bedroom Property: £850,000- £2,000,000
Highest Value Roads - Average Prices (Prices paid in the last 5 years)
Kingswood Avenue - £3,197,750
Milman Road - £1,756,666
Chevening Road - £1,358,983
Harvist Road - £889,739
Queens Park falls in the Brent Local Education Authority and offers a diverse selection of Primary and Secondary education outlets to choose from. Malorees Primary School on Christchurch Avenue was voted outstanding by Ofsted in 2016 and remains an attractive state run primary school... St Luke´s CofE and Carlton Vale in Malvern Place were also judged “good” by Ofsted. St Mary´s Catholic School is another option deemed “good” by Ofsted and the Kilburn Park School Foundation in Malvern Road was not only scored “good” earlier in 2016, but 91% of their students achieved a level 4 in the Key Stage 2 Exams.
The local comprehensive secondary schools in Queens Park are St Augustine´s CofE and Queens Park Community School, located on Aylestone Avenue. Queens Park Community School was able to maintain it´s rating of “good” in its 2016 inspection and with a GCSE grade A*-C score of 66%. There are also a number of Muslim private schools in the area such as Islamia High School for Girls, Brondesbury College and the School of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Nearby Old Oak Common and Old Oak Park in Hammersmith and Fulham have received the go-ahead for plans to build the new “Canary Wharf of West London”. It´s centrepiece will be a new Crossrail and HS2 terminal along with two new over ground stations. The project will create the busiest train station in the UK and will potentially connect the Heathrow Express to the Great Western Services and provide a High-Speed Rail link to the north of the country. Additionally, more than 24,000 homes are planned for the site along with a new school, cafes, restaurants and bars. With such a national hub so close to Queens Park, the region will only become more desirable.
The area now known as Queens Park began as a small parish of Willesden. It wasn´t until 1894 that the parish became part of the urban sprawl of London and joined Wembley and Kingsbury as part of the borough of Brent.
Until as late as 1850 the area was surrounded by oak forests and agricultural pastures which were gradually cleared after the opening of the Grand Junction Canal as raw materials began to be transported through the area on barges.
Heavy urbanisation began in earnest once the area became connected to London with the arrival of railway stations at Kensal Green and Willesden Junction in 1861 and 1866 respectively.
Both Queens Park and Kensal Green stations are conveniently situated on the Bakerloo Line in Zone 2. They are also served by the overground trains to London Euston which gets to Oxford Circus in around twenty minutes. The overground service also runs from Brondesbury Park, Kilburn and Kendal Rise which connect the area with Richmond in West London and Stratford in East London. There are also various bus services which run from Kilburn Road into Central London.
Eating and Drinking
There are two focal points for eating out and shopping in Queens Park. East of the park has Salusbury Road with its thriving shopping area and café scene; in the summer the street is lined with customers sitting at Parisian café tables enjoying a relaxing break. The Salusbury Wine Store on Salusbury Road has an array of outside seating and provides a cosy bastion of tranquillity from the busy shoppers outside. The Alice House is also a prominent fixture of Salusbury Road. It is a bar/café, complete with a library and selection of board games and holds a vintage clothes market every other Saturday. Jacks Café is another sociable spot on Salusbury Road, known for its wide-ranging breakfast menu. For a more substantial meal check out Michiko Sushino sushi restaurant, created by Michiko Koshino from Osaka which sports a broad open plan social dining area and serves delectable sushi.
To the west of Queens Park boasts a diverse selection of independent bars and restaurants such as Zest, a Mediterranean themed café on Chamberlayne Road. Family friendly Bel and Nev has an unforgettable menu and an atmosphere so inviting and friendly that locals want to keep it as their little secret. For independent bars The Shop NW10 cannot be missed, their cocktails are served in milk bottles and jam jars and they frequently have live DJs and artists playing.
Things to Do
A must see in Queens Park is the Sunday farmers market. Located at Salusbury Park Primary school it maintains a real community atmosphere and is a paradise for food lovers where you can pick up fresh produce, or buy a bite from one of the many hot food vendors.
Queens Park is also the home to the UK´s first social enterprise independent cinema. The Lexi cinema on Chamberlayne Road donates all their profits to charity and is predominantly staffed by volunteers. The cinema itself is worth a visit as they show everything from Hollywood blockbusters to small independent films and often have special events on.
Queens Park Books on Salusbury Road often has book signings and readings from local and international authors, including Queens Park resident Zadie Smith (author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man and NW).
The park itself is a 30-acre green space with tennis courts, a pitch and putt course, an ornamental garden, a zoo, a children’s play area and a café. It is great for a stroll or if you are looking for something more energetic, many personal trainers conduct exercise sessions in the park with their clients in the evenings and weekends.