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A vibrant centre for independent businesses and family homes

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

Oliver Browne

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

Danielle Toland

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

Victoria Wellburn

What is your favourite place?

Where do Willesden locals go?


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!


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

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!

Willesden Salvage

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


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

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.

Gladstone Park

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

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.

The Lexi Cinema

A great Indie cinema run by volunteers showing mainstream films and live opera. All their proceeds go to charity too.

Oxbridge Tuition

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

The Masons Arms

A fantastic pub with an amazing garden, Sunday roasts, summer barbecues, DJs, quizzes and comedy nights. A lovely community feel.

Small & Beautiful

Cheap and cheerful. Delicious continental menu that barely dents the wallet. Great mussels and pizza. Bonus points for also doing takeaway!


'Paradise By Way of Kensal Green', to give it's full name, is a British restaurant, bar and club all rolled into one. Don't miss out on the burger!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Willesden Green, Harlesden, Kensal Green, Brondesbury, Kilburn, Queen's Park, Cricklewood, Park Royal, West Hampstead and Alperton

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"The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a beautiful Hindu temple in Neasden. It is built out of 2,000 tonnes of Italian marble and 3,000 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone that were shipped to India to be carved and then brought back to England to be assembled in 26,000 pieces."

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Child-friendly activities near Willesden

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

Family Support-Stay and Play

Treetops Children's Centre
Our small but dedicated team of Family Support Workers are available to offer help, advice and support on all aspects of family life. Website

Daniel's Den Toddler and Parent Group-Dollis Hill

Gladstone Park Primary School,
In each session, activities are set up for children to play, do crafts, singing and other fun activities. Parents are able to share parenting skills with one another and build friendships. There is a genuine family feeling to the groups where everyone is welcome whatever your background, race or postcode! Website

Aquababies in Willesden

Willesden Sport Centre
Aquakiddies/Babies swimming lessons, whilst teaching essential baby swimming skills, also strongly emphasise 'having fun' as we believe enjoyment to be vital for baby health. Our swimming lessons for toddlers and babies, which take place across London, West Sussex and the UK, are carefully designed and structured to allow for your baby's needs so that you and your baby enjoy the whole experience and experience the full benefits of baby swimming. Website

NCT Harlesden Bumps and Babies

Roundwood Cafe
The group runs every week during term time it is a great way to get out and meet new people while on maternity leave. Free to attend- you can buy your own food/snacks and drinks at the venue. However donations to the NCT are welcome. Open to all (NCT members and non-members welcome). No need to book just turn up! Suitable for pregnant women and babies from birth to sitting. Website

Baby Sensory classes-The Queensbury

The Queensbury in association with 'Busy Rascals
Baby Sensory's award winning baby development classes are now running in your area. You and your baby will experience different sensory activities designed to support your baby's sensory development every week and you are welcome to join at any time. A Full Term is Ten consecutive weeks of Baby Sensory classes Website

Busy Rascals - Thursdays Little Beep Beep Music Classes for 0-3 yrs

The Queensbury Pub
The Music Project runs music sessions for pre-school children, autistic and disabled children, adults with learning difficulties, the elderly and those suffering from altzheimers and dementia. Most of their sessions incorporate well-known songs and rhymes, musical instruments, brightly coloured fabrics, bubbles and parachute play. Website
  1. About Willesden

    Willesden is an area in North West London which forms part of the London Borough of Brent. It is situated 5 miles (8 km) north west of Charing Cross. The area has strong links to Ireland and has a sizable Irish population, as well as a large Afro-Caribbean community. In the late 1980s, traders were given money to revamp the High Street to prevent it closing. This worked and Willesden since then has been rejuvenated into a thriving suburb of London.

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