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Fashionable boutiques and pubs: you might even spot a celebrity or two

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

Oliver Browne

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

Oliver Browne

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

Oliver Browne

What is your favourite place?

Where do Kensal Rise locals go?

The Masons Arms

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


'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!

Queens Park Books

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

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.

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.

The Lexi Cinema

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


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.

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

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

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!!


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

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

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...

Portobello and Golborne Market

London's most well known market with a wealth of established stalls, selling everything from food, to clothing, to vintage jewellery.

The Black Lion

A lovely period pub, restaurant and guesthouse. Beautiful décor and very friendly.

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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

What do you love about Kensal Rise?

Why do you find Kensal Rise a great place to live?


"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."

December 2014

Local resident

"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..."

May 2011


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"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."

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Child-friendly activities near Kensal Rise

Hopscotch Under Fives Drop In

Hopscotch Drop-in is a great all year round facility for you and your child to meet other new parents and carers and socialise in a fun, friendly and safe environment. We offer daily morning sessions for all children under five years of age so come along as it's a great introduction for your child to learn new social skills like sharing, caring, taking turns and interacting with other children all while exploring and having fun.. 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

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

Mother & Baby Yoga The Yard

Gracelands Yard,
Mother and Baby is a great way to practise yoga with your baby, in a friendly and supportive environment. The focus is to encourage post natal recovery, by stabilising the pelvis, strengthening core muscles and releasing tension from the body. All of this is done whilst engaging your baby with songs and movements, providing an excellent opportunity to bond and spend time with your baby and meet other parents and carers to share the experiences of caring for a new baby. Website

Milo Baby - Greek Playgroup for 0-3 Years

Gracelands Yard
A Greek playgroup for Greek parents and their babies and children aged from 0-3 years. Non-Greek partners are also welcome. Learn nursery rhymes, enjoy dancing, games and other activities - all in Greek! The class takes place every second Saturday here at Gracelands Yard. Website

Milestones baby massage & Yoga

Gracelands yard
Baby massage and yoga course, learn to communicate with your baby through the power of touch, suitable for babies 6 weeks to 6 months, everything for the course is provided. Come along, make some new friends and have fun learning a new skill with your little one. Website

Carer/toddler drop in

St Lukes Church
Carer/toddler drop in Tuesdays from 10.00am Website
  1. 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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