A locals' guide to NW2
"Beautiful surroundings, flowering garden, book-share, coffee cart, artwork on display."Marie
"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
Where do NW2 locals go?
Great views of the local area & of London Town! Beautiful trees & great cafe at the top of the hill!
Submitted by Francesca
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.
Submitted by Nia
BEER + BURGER
Huge selection of beers and burgers opposite Willesden Green Underground Station.
Submitted by Joseph
Great food and atmosphere. I love this cute little Italian restaurant.
Submitted by Willesden
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!
Submitted by Oliver
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.
Submitted by Geh
A constant source of highly intelligent Oxford and Cambridge graduates willing to tutor for far less than the going rate.
Submitted by Itzhak
A fabulous vintage and new clothes store run by a lovely lady, selling beautiful jewellery too. Everything is sold at an amazing price!
Submitted by Maire
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.
Submitted by Danielle
Childs Hill Library
Caring staff that is always willing to help and has fantastic resources.
Submitted by J
Bonoo Indian Tapas
A West End style Restaurant, with a relaxed style serving high quality small plates of Indian Food. Amazing atmosphere always buzzing.
Submitted by Mez
My favourite park to jog around, as the hills can be very challenging!
Submitted by Oliver
Brent Cross Shopping Centre
Plenty of shops and restaurants that can't be found anywhere else in Hendon.
Submitted by Maria
I love the Revital health food store on Willesden's High Road. Stocks all my necessities.
Submitted by Joseph
Why do you find NW2 a great place to live?
"It’s a super friendly neighbourhood from the shop keepers to our lovely neighbours on our road!"
"Great community and wonderful volunteers making Cricklewood a great place to be. "
"I love Child's Hill - can cycle, walk or drive anywhere in minutes. It's classy and low key and has some fabulous greenery or its doorstep."
"I love Child's Hill because I am a student who has come from America to study in London. I am housed over in central London but I work over here at Childs Hill Library. I instantly loved this area when I first walked to my internship. It is so different from the bustle of the city and I find it peaceful out here especially when going to the library. Everyone is so nice and I am grateful to be a part of their team. I hope e... more
"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
"I love the restaurants, the parks and the many pubs and bars. But above all, I love the people."
"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."
"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
"I love Cricklewood because it is convenient for everything. It's multicultural and there are new and upcoming restaurants."
"Gladstone Park is a joggers paradise."
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. "
"Green space, period architecture, safe neighbourhood and quick underground link to the city."
What do you like about NW2?
Did you know?
"In 2001, after 10 years of reported sightings, a lynx was captured in Cricklewood. She had become known as the "Beast of Barnet" and was rehomed in London Zoo."
Child-friendly activities near NW2
Baby Sensory Saturday classes at Busy Rascals at The QueensburyThe 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
NCT Bumps and Babies NW2Busy 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
The Da Capo Music FoundationSt Agnes Centre
The early years programme is a carefully structured introduction to the key elements of musicianship through lively sessions based on singing and movement Website
Chelsea FC Foundation Soccer School - Regents Park
Chelsea's Soccer Schools are a fantastic introduction to the game, our club and our unique coaching philosophies for boys and girls of all abilities aged between four and 13 years old. Website
Busy Rascals at The QueensburyThe 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
Busy Rascals at The Queensbury - BABY SENSORY Friday classesThe 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 Website
Hope Children CentreHope 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
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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