Moving to... Kilburn
18 Jan 2017
Kilburn is an area of north-west London, England, which is divided between three London Boroughs and two postcodes: most of Kilburn is in NW6 Brent or Camden, but a small section is inside Westminster.
The old town of Kilburn has its roots in a 12th Century priory on the banks of Kilburn Brook. Today it’s a lively cosmopolitan area boasting London’s highest Irish population and a mixture of cuisine and culture from the Caribbean to gastro pubs.
If you’re after a fry-up, Kilburn isn’t short of local ‘caffs’ such as…
- Ellie’s Cafe
- La Diva
- Tricycle Cinema: You might be surprised to discover a quirky cinema on Kilburn High Street but give it a whirl and pop in for a pre or post show coffee or bite to eat in the bar and restaurant
- Ariana 2: Never tried Afghan cuisine? Well wait no longer! Sister to the original Ariana in New York, kebabs and chalow (and ‘impeccable stews’ according to Harden’s), don’t get much better than this!
- Little Bay: Amazing quality food and quirky decor - from mussels to steak and everything in between. Don’t be put off by the staggering low-prices (especially when they’re doing half price deals!)
- Kilburn Ironworks: Winner of Time Out’s 2016 Love London award for the area. The burgers are especially good.
- Franco Manca: This growing chain can do no wrong. Great pizzas at the prices they should be!
- Small and Beautiful: Consistently notching up good reviews on Trip Advisor and rightly so. Great neighbourhood restaurant.
- Spicy Basil: Not much to look at from the outside but amazing Thai food.
Pubs and Bars:
- North London Tavern: Traditional (but not shabby) London pub offering upmarket pub grub (gastro/burgers etc) and open mic nights
- The Good Ship: Amazing live music and comedy venue where Adele and Kate Nash cut their teeth
- Black Lion: Beautiful grade 2 listed interior, small outside seating area and guest rooms upstairs. A real destination pub.
- Earl Derby: Huge pub serving American-style food. Help yourself to one of the many board games on offer and settle in for the evening.
- Cock Tavern: Old-school style pub with live music nights. Very cheesy but good fun.
- Betsy Smith: Amazing interior (you don’t find too many pubs with Flamingoes on the ceiling) and an interesting food and drink selection.
Along with staples such as Argos, Superdrug, Boots etc, Kilburn High Road has many independent grocers, a market, butchers and a fishmonger (and more hair salons and nail bars than you can shake a stick at!)
Kilburn Grange Park is located behind the shops on Kilburn High Road. A great place to relax in the summer and the rose gardens are enjoyed all year round. There are three tennis courts, a multi-sports pitch and a free outdoor gym suitable for all fitness levels. Facilities for little ones include a natural play area and an adventure playground where they hold special events.
For local schools, check out http://www.findmyschool.co.uk/results.aspx?cat=Primary%20schools&name=0&postcode=NW6