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Peppermint

Peppermint

This cafe has the best coffee I've ever tasted in this area. Their decor is wonderful and the food is fresh and tastes extraordinary.

The Masons Arms

The Masons Arms

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

The Lexi Cinema

The Lexi Cinema

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

Cocodelic

Cocodelic

I love my Caribbean food and Cocodelic is the best in the area; bare in mind we have a fair few restaurants around serving the same type of food.

The Salusbury Winestore

The Salusbury Winestore

Sit down with a glass of red, white or rosé and read the brand new book you bought from the local book store.

Queens Park Books

Queens Park Books

Which other area In London can still be proud to have a charming independent local book store?

Queen's Park Farmers' Market

Queen's Park Farmers' Market

In the grounds of Salusbury Primary School, great on Sundays for breakfast or lunch. Lots of fresh produce and a great mix of delicious food options.

Paradise

Paradise

'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!

Roundwood Park

Roundwood Park

Lovely trees and pretty gardens, keeps me sane in London.

Dock Kitchen

Dock Kitchen

From its striking setting in a Victorian canalside building, to the fresh and seasonal dishes, this restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening meal.

Oxbridge Tuition

Oxbridge Tuition

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

Bluebelles of Portobello

Bluebelles of Portobello

One of the best breakfast hangs-out on Portobello Road, where you can sit outside and watch the world go by - plus fantastic eggs!!

Cockney's

Cockney's

The best pie and mash in West London - try the stewed eels! Perfect for a quick, cheap but tasty lunch.

The Tricycle

The Tricycle

A fantastic theatre away from the West End showing outstanding original productions. Well worth a visit. Also has a cinema and a bar.

Little Wormwood Scrubs

Little Wormwood Scrubs

The absolute golden nugget of North Kensington Village is the newly transformed Little Wormwood Scrubs. It's now a hot spot for us locals in W10 to walk our dogs...

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Queen's Park, Kensal Green, Brondesbury, Willesden Green, Kilburn, Westbourne Park, Ladbroke Grove, Harlesden, South Hampstead and Maida Vale

"The Greek revival chapel at Kensal Green cemetery is equipped with hydraulic lifts to take the deceased down to the catacombs, including such illustrious figures as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, WH Smith of the high street chain fame and perhaps most strangely General James Barry - who was discovered upon his death to have been a woman."

Lovely residential roads flanked by period homes and pretty green spaces make Queen's Park a desirable place to live.

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I really enjoy this time of year around Queens Park where spring is vividly breaking into life!

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Just a short distance from Queen's Park, Kensal Green is well connected and known for its independent amenities, adding to its fashionable appeal.

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  1. I love the hip and youthful vibe that's creeping into the area - The Shop is great for quirky cocktails, and The Whippet Inn has a great range of lagers and ales. It's really easy to get into central London and has some great independent stores.

  2. The Lexi Cinema on Chamberlayne Road - a beautiful boutique cinema with a real community feel, which also donates all its profits to charity. It's staffed by local volunteers, sells great wine, and has one of the most eclectic programmes of any cinema in London! In the summer, they also do outdoor cinema in the local parks...

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Child-friendly activities near Kensal Rise

Toddler Picassos ( 15 months- 3 years)

Mini Picassos,
Children are encouraged to create their own work, experiment with different materials and to play with colour and marks. We have songs & movement at the end of the session. Aprons are provided as it can get messy! Website

Diddi dance

The Church of The Transfiguration,
Kids can work off some excess energy getting their funk on at a Diddi Dance class. The 45-minute sessions introduce the little ones to a variety of different dance styles in a structured but relaxed way. With parents and carers encouraged to join in, this could be a good work out for you too. Website

Ballet Tots @ The Yard (3-5 years)

Gracelands Yard,
Incorporating traditional ballet music and popular children's songs, these classes will develop your child's musicality, imagination, co-ordination & love of performance. Basic ballet technique is taught along with the use of props: pompoms, fairy wands, ribbons, tambourines, scarves & feathers! Website

Little Beep Beeps @ The Yard

Gracelands Yard,
Little Beep Beeps' music classes are high-quality music and movement sessions, using familiar songs, bubble-play, parachute play and musical instruments. We find children are enthused by our sessions Website

School of Rock-a-bye Babies

Mini Picassos,
School of Rock-a-bye Babies (SRBB) is a unique baby and toddler music 'school', incorporating live music, play, movement, music experimentation with instruments, listening, lots of singing, instruction from trained musicians and performers. Website

Baby Sing and Sign

London Inter Faith Centre,
Sing and Sign is an excellent opportunity to learn how to sign with your baby. Learn how to communicate with your little one through songs and music. The classes are always relaxed and we have a good laugh too! Classes run each term for 10 weeks. Come along for a FREE TASTER if you like! Website

Bigger Beeps @ The Yard

Gracelands Yard,
This session aims to support the Early Years Expressive Arts curriculum, as taught in schools. The classes include fun songs & games, exploring rhythms, tempo, dynamics & sound effects. And of course, the use of percussion & other instruments, with bubbles at the end of the class! Website

About Kensal Rise

Kensal Green is a neighbourhood in the London Borough of Brent. A small area on the southern edge of the London Borough of Brent, Kensal Green borders the boroughs of Westminster to the East, and The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to the South. Surrounding neighbourhoods include Willesden Green to the north, Harlesden to the West, Brondesbury and Queens Park to the East and Ladbroke Grove to the south. The names Kensal Green and Kensal Rise are used somewhat interchangeably by non-residents to denote the same neighbourhood, although residents differentiate between the areas based on proximity to the local tube and train stations.

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