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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.

Queens Park Books

Queens Park Books

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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...

Portobello and Golborne Market

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

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

"The name Kensal Green is derived from "place by the king's wood", and remained largely farming land all the way up until the mid 1800s."

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

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

Rock N' Roll Pre-school (2-4 years)

Mini Picassos,
Classes run for 35 minutes and each term runs in a progressive series of 12 lessons that explore the rudimentary concepts of music theory - under the themes of rhythm, melody and harmony - through play, dancing, listening and experimentation with instruments. Website

Art Club Drop-In (5-7 years)

Mini Picassos
Mini Masterpieces, a masterpiece each week. We take the work of a famous artist as inpiration for our painting project. Website

Mala Cherga Theatre - Contemporary Dance Classes for 3-9 year olds

New York Pilates Studio
Mala CHERGA Theatre's imaginative approach to dance develops confidence, creativity, musicality and listening skills. Our classes improve children' concentration, co-ordination, flexibility and fitness whilst having fun. Children work with experienced teachers, also professional dancers and choreographers. Website

Viva! Sing Spanish @ The Yard

Gracelands Yard,
From birth, infants make no distinction between music, language, singing and speech. Children can imitate the rhythm of a language long before saying the words. Young children often reproduce other languages with perfect pronunciation. Listening to music in a foreign language is a fantastic way of learning single words and phrases in context. Website

Hopscotch Under Fives Drop In

Hopscotch
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

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

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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