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A locals' guide to NW2

"Handsome period properties sit on tree-lined roads in Brondesbury Park..."

Oliver Browne

"Grade II listed The Crown, Cricklewood is a reminder of Kilburn's history."

Victoria Wellburn

"I can't think of a place with better transport links - you can be at Bond Street in only 13 minutes!"

Danielle Toland

What is your favourite place?

Where do NW2 locals go?

Karmarama Café

Situated in Gladstone Park, this café serves amazing breakfasts, great coffee and baked treats straight from the oven, including mouth-watering cakes. It's open from Friday to Sunday.


Great food and atmosphere. I love this cute little Italian restaurant.


Amazing gourmet burgers from tame lemon and herb to those that like the heat on full blast! All meals are super reasonable in price, with fries and a drink included.

Sparkle O'Hara

A fabulous vintage and new clothes store run by a lovely lady, selling beautiful jewellery too. Everything is sold at an amazing price!

Oxbridge Tuition

A constant source of highly intelligent Oxford and Cambridge graduates willing to tutor for far less than the going rate.

The Queensbury

This quirky restaurant serves American-style food. On Tuesdays, you can get a burger and a beer for £12 and every other Sunday they have a live jazz night.

The Queensbury

Situated right by Willesden Green Underground Station, a handily located local for a casual drink or a good meal. A great place to watch sports events, although it does fill up easily. It also hosts weekly jazz sessions.

Mapesbury Dell

A hidden gem located in between the houses of the Mapesbury Estate, which was formed by the local community. It's a great place to take the kids or just enjoy the tranquillity. Even some of the locals don't know about it!

Gladstone Park

My favourite park to jog around, as the hills can be very challenging!


The best butchers in North West London. All the meat is free range and they sell the best steak you'll ever taste!

Willesden Salvage

Everything from fireplaces to vintage travel trunks, amazing antiques to helping you tell the time...

Hendon Park Café

Fantastic smoothies, milkshakes and sushi. It's Kosher too!

Carmelli Bakeries

A kosher bakery selling a range of products, including traditional bagels and cakes.


One of the best chicken and lamb shawarmas in Golders Green and probably the most popular lunch takeaway in the whole area!


Come along and try a deep pan margherita pizza -they're amazing!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Cricklewood, Willesden, Willesden Green, Kilburn, Child's Hill, Golders Green, Brondesbury, Hendon, Temple Fortune and Harlesden

What do you love about NW2?

Why do you find NW2 a great place to live?


"Firstly, Gladstone Park offers much-needed relief from the stresses of Central London. Getting home (in approx. 18 mins) on the tube and taking a walk up on the hills keeps me balanced in mind, body and spirit. It's a proper neighbourhood. We look out for each other. If someone's dog is locked out, we take him/her back home. Last week, my son was visiting, stood on the front balcony and my neighbour rushed out wanting ... more

September 2016


"I love the restaurants, the parks and the many pubs and bars. But above all, I love the people."

August 2016


"Dollis Hill is a quiet, residential but vibrant area with cafes, pubs and restaurants that haven't been spoilt and retain their old-day charm and simplicity. There is also Gladstone Park that is a hidden gem and one of the largest parks in the area, with amazing outdoor sports facilities, pond, trails and a café."

July 2015

Local resident

"Dollis Hill is a friendly and safe neighbourhood with a large park with sports groups, playing fields, cafes and a beautiful walled rose garden. The little high street near Dollis Hill Station has all you need (apart from a butchers) - greengrocer, pharmacy, Portuguese restaurant, newsagent, off-licence, convenience store and garage. A small bit of council investment could make a big difference, as it has a lovely, almost vill... more

March 2015


"I love Cricklewood because it is convenient for everything. It's multicultural and there are new and upcoming restaurants."

February 2015

Local resident

"Gladstone Park is a joggers paradise."

June 2014

Mrs Hadil Moufti

"I love the ability to walk around in a quiet green neighborhood, past period houses with friendly families and to the local Tennis club. And yet, only a few minutes walk from the bustling Hampstead villages and West End Lane's great transportation links. "

July 2012

Local resident

"Green space, period architecture, safe neighbourhood and quick underground link to the city."

May 2011


What do you like about NW2?

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"Between 1943 and 1944 The Colossus Computer was built in the Dollis Hill Post Office Research Station. It was famously used to crack the codes of the German built Enigma machine in World War II."

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Child-friendly activities near NW2

NCT Bumps and Babies NW2

Busy Rascals
Relaxed and popular local meet-up, for pregnant women (great for mat leave) and parents with babies. The group is run by volunteers from North West London NCT, all are welcome (members/non-member alike). Website

St Mary & St Andrew's Catholic Church Toddler Club

St Mary & Andrews Catholic Church
The emphasis is on informality, with a good selection of toys and equipment for the children, and refreshments for everybody. An average of 12 - 20 people turn up each week. Despite the name, the group is not limited to mothers and indeed over the years has welcomed dads, aunties, grandparents, childminders and big sisters, to name a few. New faces are always welcome - just turn up. Website

NCT Bumps and Babies NW2

Busy Rascals
Relaxed and popular local meet-up, for pregnant women (great for mat leave) and parents with babies. The group is run by volunteers from North West London NCT, all are welcome (members/non-member alike). Website

Busy Rascals at The Queensbury

The Queensbury Pub
Busy Rascals provide a baby and child friendly environment where parents in NW2, NW10 and in local areas can meet, socialise and participate in various activities with their little ones. Monday to Friday and one Saturday per month between 9.30am-11.30am Website

Hope Children Centre

Hope Children Centre
The centre is open for stay & play morning session on wednesday and thursday between 10-12. Registration needed to join the centre. The staff welcomes friendly and assists parents/carers in many ways. Kids can use different toys and books, and they have also access to the garden in sunny days. Website

NCT Bumps and Babies NW2

Queensbury Deli
Relaxed and popular local meet-up in a café, for pregnant women (great for mat leave) and parents with babies. Website

Baby Sensory Saturday classes at Busy Rascals at The Queensbury

The Queensbury Pub
Baby Sensory's award winning classes provide hundreds of activities that are fun for babies from birth to 13 months. Our baby classes include baby activities ranging from signing to fibre optic light shows, amazing light balls, bubbles, scarves and bells Classes are every second Saturday of the month Website
  1. About NW2

    NW2 is the postcode district in North West London incorporating the areas of Cricklewood, Willesden (part), Neasden (part), Dollis Hill, Childs Hill (most of) and is covered by the Barnet, Brent and Camden local authorities.

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