Cricklewood is a residential area in North West London that is bordered by Golders Green, West Hampstead, Childs Hill and Willesden. There is a mix of residential property in the area, with many Victorian terraced properties, impressive Edwardian properties in the leafy avenues near Gladstone Park and a number of conversions and purpose built blocks of flats. Paramount have always had great success letting and selling property in this area.
The Area in Depth
The area is home to many young families and young professionals who find Cricklewood a sensible but cheaper area to live in than neighbouring West Hampstead and Mapesbury Conservation Area. Paramount have been selling and letting property in this area for almost thirty years.
Cricklewood was originally a gateway into London with a few cottages providing facilities for coach travellers. In the 20th century, Cricklewood became an industrial and commercial centre and shops and houses were gradually built along Cricklewood Lane.
Cricklewood food and drink
There is a large array of African and Middle Eastern (mainly Persian) restaurants in Cricklewood. We asked our Facebook followers for their recommendations and they suggested Abyssinia, Lihiniya, Pan Asia at The Crown and Merals Cafe.
Persia is an award winning restaurant that we also recommend you visit. There is live music and belly dancing every Friday and Saturday night, and the Chello Fesenjan with chicken, walnuts, pomegranate juice and honey is famous locally.
Cricklewood Broadway is a busy road and home to numerous shops. A retail park contains a B&Q, Tile Depot and Poundstretcher. Clothing store Matalan and furniture store Raft can be found on Cricklewood Broadway. It might not be very glamorous, but there are bargains to be had at the British Heart Foundation second-hand furniture shop.
Brent Cross, the first stand-alone shopping centre built in the UK, is nearby. Popular stores include Fenwicks and John Lewis.
Cricklewood outdoor space
Gladstone Park and playing fields are nearby and are used weekly by local football and rugby teams. It is also home to an annual festival which has a funfair and usually attracts several thousand people. Last year it was called ‘Gladstonebury’ and featured two stages of live music along with street dance acts and food stalls with local restaurants showcasing their menus at discounted rates.
Mapesbury Dell, Golders Hill Park and Hampstead Heath are also within walking distance.