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July 2018 / Area Guides / by Sophie Hampton

Queen’s Park

Intro

A leafy city suburb brimming with the delights of a countryside town, the family-friendly area of Queen’s Park in northwest London oozes good vibes.

As part of the wider Kilburn area, this hub is fashionable for all the right reasons. There is the strong sense of community spirit, as demonstrated by the hoards that flock to its famous Sunday farmers’ market at Salusbury Primary School, as well as the Queen’s Park Day annual fete (complete with dog show, homemade produce and local music showcase). And then there’s the proximity to Little Venice, the Portobello Road and Kensal Rise – all within walking distance – plus excellent links to the city and beyond. Not to mention the area’s namesake, it’s beautiful park with 30 acres of space, encapsulating a petting zoo, golf course, bandstand, paddling pool and playground, to mention a few highlights. And dotted along the two high streets, the Chamberlayne and Salusbury roads, you’ll find quirky one-off shops aplenty, plus the Lexi – Queen’s Park’s own independent cinema, housed in a former chapel. This really is the perfect quiet city suburb, complete with all the amenities one’s heart may desire.

Trivia

The Royal Agricultural Society’s annual show was held here in 1879. Although well attended, the event made a loss and was moved to Twyford for subsequent years. However, a local campaign secured control of a portion of the green space used and the 30-acre recreational site was successfully retained, opening to the public in 1886 as Queen’s Park.

Smartest streets

Well-maintained late Victorian and Edwardian terraced homes, as well as semis and period conversions are the main properties that characterise Queen’s Park. Naturally, the roads around the park, which are graced with large Edwardian redbrick semis, are highly sought after by families. Particularly coveted are homes on Harvist Road, Milman Road, Kingswood Avenue and Chevening Road.