According to Time Out, Kilburn in north-west London manages to ‘keep it real’, despite being ‘sandwiched between lofty neighbouring Hampstead and Maida Vale.’ Part of this is the area’s well-known landmarks, lively restaurants and fascinating art scene. Want to know what not to miss next time you’re in Kilburn? Read on…
1.) Coffee shops and restaurants
Kilburn is richly blessed with coffee shops and not just chain brands. Gail’s artisan bakery on Salusbury Road specialises in home-baked pieces of bread and pastries to accompany their freshly ground coffee. For more substantial meals, you might like to go Italian at Fratelli, located in the London Marriott Hotel, Maida Vale or enjoy some tasty British food at The Salt House on Abbey Road. You can sample Georgian cooking at Tamada, on Boundary Road near Kilburn Park tube station, or tuck into Persian fare at Kish on Kilburn High Road.
2.) Tricycle Community Theatre
Talking of community facilities, Kilburn is home to popular community arts centre, the Tricycle Theatre. Home to live theatre, cinema, music, cafe and a gallery, it is situated on Kilburn High Road and is a great place to while away a lazy Saturday. Tricycle theatre is also an enthusiastic supporter of new talents, on the writing, directing and acting side of things, so it is well worth keeping an eye out to see if you can spot some of the A-list celebrities of the future.
3.) Abbey Road crossing
Seek out the famous zebra crossing, where Paul, John, George and Ringo of The Beatles had their iconic photo taken for the cover of their 1969 album, Abbey Road. The crossing is close to the famous Abbey Road Studios, where the band recorded many albums. Hundreds of people stop on the zebra crossing every day to take photos – watch out for the traffic whizzing past if you choose to do this. When you get back home, you can watch other people take snaps by going online to view live footage from the Abbey Road Crossing cam. It’s oddly compelling!
4.) West End Lane Books
Lovers of literature will find themselves perfectly at home in this fascinating independent bookshop on West End Lane. Selling rare editions and new releases for all ages, and covering all subjects, this shop also runs a number of events for its customers. These include after-hours readings, author talks, children’s fun and meditation sessions.
5.) Theatre magic
Close to Kilburn, in the well-to-do St John’s Wood area, is Lord’s Cricket Ground. Founded more than 200 years ago, it is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club and home to Middlesex County Cricket Club. Together with its sporting museum and shop, the attractive ground is a must-see venue for all cricket enthusiasts. The 2016 cricket season starts in April, so check online for fixture details and how to buy tickets for matches.