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Welcome to Kensal Rise


Why move to Kensal Rise?


Pubs & Live Music




Local Hotspots




Family Days Out


Local Schools


Fitness & Health


Local Restaurants



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Welcome A very warm welcome to Kensal Rise and the surrounding areas from all of us at Hamptons. You will be moving into one of the most highly regarded areas in London. Desirable homes, tree lined avenues, diverse shops and restaurants and an eclectic, vibrant population. . Hamptons has been matching people with property, locally, nationally and internationally, since 1869. We were pioneers, setting standards that few of our rivals could match and this hasn’t changed since. Today, over 150 years since we first set up home in Pall Mall, with 15 decades of finding property and looking after people under our belt, our clients now consider us to be their, ‘home experts’. Yours sincerely, Thomas Jones - Head of Sales Fraser Wright - Head of Lettings



Kensal Rise Hamptons offers you a warm welcome to Kensal Rise Congratulations, if you are house hunting in Kensal Rise, you have already won. A home in this great area with all it offers, automatically makes you the envy of many. Now in order to make your transition as smooth and hassle free as possible Hamptons have put together this great guide which will help you choose the best schools, learn a little about planning 6

and building control, read tips on where to shop, eat and lot’s more, all packed into one little guide with clickable links. Perhaps most importantly we have researched some of the leading local professionals and experts who can help you add value and personalise your soon to be new home.


A little bit of history

“A big WELCOME and enjoy”


The area first gained popularity in the late 19th century following the arrival of the railway. The large scale Royal Agricultural Show was held here in 1879 and attended by Queen Victoria herself. Queen’s Park was named for the monarch and now forms a Conservation Area, allowing the preservation of its striking Victorian architecture. Celebrated football team Queens Park Rangers was formed in Queen’s Park in the late 19th century and the area has counted actor Daniel Craig, novelist Zadie Smith and former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Alexandra Shulman amongst its residents. While there has been some regeneration of the area in recent years with the EcoWorld development at King’s Holt Terrace and The Avenue in nearby Brondesbury Park, houses in Kensal Rise and Queen’s Park are still largely Victorian and Edwardian with the most desirable occupying Harvist Road, Milman Road, Kingswood Avenue and Chevening Road that overlook the park. A good stock of large 1920s and 30s properties can also be found on streets such as Aylestone Avenue and Manor House Drive.


Why move to Kensal Rise? Kensal Rise and Queen’s Park have much to offer, with families drawn here by the array of stunning period properties which are more affordable than in other areas of north west London such as Notting Hill and Maida Vale.

Residents can choose from an exceptional range of eateries and bars A good range of from stylish artisan cafes independent and high Minkie’s Deli and Crazy street shops are clustered Baker to modern Italian around the bustling at Morso and Paradise by main thoroughfares of way of Kensal Green for Chamberlayne Road and outstanding pub food and Salusbury Road. Fashion entertainment. Catch a boutiques and antique film at the boutique Lexi Despite its many amenities shops like Supra and Circus Cinema where all profits and fantastic transport sit alongside a WHSmith are donated to charity links, the area retains an with a post office and or take time to relax at appealing village feel and supermarkets including Jivita Ayurveda spa and strong sense of community Tesco, Sainsbury’s and wellness centre. with the abundant open Co-op. 8

space of Queen’s Park at its heart.


Ideal living

with frequent services to Euston, while Kensal Rise overground station serves Clapham, Richmond and Stratford. To the north are Willesden and West Hampton, with Notting Hill to the south, Kilburn to the east and Harlesden to the west. www.hamptons.co.uk

There are several charming parks and gardens in the immediate area, chief among them Kensal Green and the glorious 30-acre Queen’s Park with its tennis courts, miniature golf, playground and café. Families can also enjoy walks along the Grand Union Canal and visits to the Green Flag-awarded Roundwood Park in nearby Harlesden. There are many well-regarded schools locally, including College Green Nursery, ARK Franklin Primary Academy, Princess Frederica CofE, Salusbury Primary, Kenmont Primary, Manor School and Bales College School and Sixth Form. Independent schools in the area include Maple Walk in Harlesden and Bassett House in North Kensington The area is situated in Zone 2 around four miles north west of central London and has excellent bus and rail links. Underground stations Queen’s Park and Kensal Green are on the Bakerloo line www.hamptons.co.uk


Famous Residents Kensal Rise and the surrounding area has been a home to rockstars, celebrities, athletes, academics and artists. Here are a few notable names...

Rita Ora,

Daniel Craig,

Singer, Songwriter


Paloma Faith

Singer, Songwriter

Zadie Smith


Alexandra Shulman

Chief Editor, British Vogue

Thandie Newton


Rachel Weisz


Mark Strong

British Actor

Lily Allen

Singer, Songwriter and Author

Jason Isaacs


Sienna Miller


Cillian Murphy


Thandie Newton


Zadie Smith


Samantha Spiro

Actress and Singer


Rapper and Singer

Dua Lipa

Pop Music Artist

Karen Buck

Member of Parliament for Westminster





Pubs & Live Music

Paradise by way of Kensal Green Whether you’re looking for somewhere to let your hair down at the weekend, enjoy incredible food, celebrate a special occasion, or enjoy a drink with friends, then you are in the right place. Our unique venue offers everything you could need, with an award-winning restaurant, a critically acclaimed nightclub, and a host of private rooms available for hire. Come in and explore Paradise. We promise you won’t be disappointed! 19 Kilburn Ln, London W10 4AE. 020 8969 0098 www.theparadise.co.uk/ Whippet Inn We pride ourselves on creating an atmosphere that reflects our vibrant neighbouring communities of Kensal Rise, Queens Park, and Willesden. With the best producers and suppliers on our side, we offer modern seasonal food, complimented by an excellent range of local and continental craft beer with a wine list to match. Our heated, all-weather garden space is a mecca for alfresco drinking, dining and private hire, and our pub is the perfect place to meet friends and family for a drink, a bite, or both. Join us seven days a week for lunch or dinner, grab a coffee or just roll in for a few pints. 64 Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 3JJ. 020 8968 8142 www.thewhippetinn.com/ 14

The Island The Island NW10 is an independent local pub on a sunny corner in the heart of Kensal Rise. We love good food, great service, fun and laughter. Our menu has a seasonal focus, serving fresh predominantly British produce carefully sourced from the best local producers. There will always be vegetarian and vegan elements in our food and drink menus. Our real ales and beers from around the country are rotated regularly, keeping the selection fresh and interesting. There is an extensive cellar of wines from around the world to choose from. We are developing a list of non-alcoholic drinks, beers, kombuchas and other delights. We offer an all-day brunch on Saturday and incredible Sunday roasts. 123 College Rd, London NW10 5HA. 020 8960 0693 www..theislandnw10.com/ The Eagle The Eagle offers a warm, friendly environment for anyone to relax and enjoy themselves. We offer great value, homecooked traditional pub grub alongside a great selection of well-lookedafter beers and ales, as well as wines, spirits, and soft drinks so that there is something for everyone. 50 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5SL. 020 3757 8051 www.theeagle.co.uk/ www.hamptons.co.uk

“Wet your whistle”

The Chamberlayne Gastropub Kensal Rise Experience the allure of pub brasserie cuisine at The Chamberlayne Pub. Our establishment pairs the warmth of a traditional pub with a culinary adventure, creating a unique blend of comfort and refinement. Coupled with a lively atmosphere and rustic decor, The Chamberlayne is the go-to place for food enthusiasts and casual diners alike. Our pub showcases a broad selection of both local and international drinks, and expertly crafted martinis. We warmly welcome visitors to join us, to appreciate the blend of French-style dining and traditional pub ambience that makes us a favourite on Chamberlayne Road. 83 Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 3ND. www.thechamberlayne.com/ The Mason’s Arms Our relaxed atmosphere at the Mason’s Arms allows you to dine informally throughout our pub. A mere 1-minute walk from Kensal Green tube station, we invite you to come and chill out in the best beer garden in West London to the soundtrack of our resident DJ`s. Come and support your team throughout the Premiership season or pop in and check out our fantastic function room with balcony and all mod cons and plan your next event with us. All this from our beautiful 19th-century pub. 665 Harrow Rd, London NW10 5NU. 020 8960 2278 www.themasonsarmsnw10.co.uk/

Should you wish to wet your whistle in Kensal Rise you could hardly have a wider choice. ‘Old school’ inns and taverns, cocktail bars, live music venues, gastropubs, they all abide aplenty in Kensal Rise. Here are a few suggestions but the best way to find your ‘local’ is surely to take the air and simply explore. www.hamptons.co.uk

Alice House Alice House is a comfortable and lively neighbourhood social built on local spirit. The ideal spot provides relaxed workspaces and community catch-ups alongside great fair-trade coffee and excellent seasonal food, including weekday lunches, Saturday brunch and Sunday roasts, all delivered by a friendly and engaging team who know their guests. Bar with great independent local beers and wine, seasonal cocktails, and sustainably sourced food. Whether you are looking for a quick drink after work, an evening meal with friends and family, or to host an event that you are guaranteed to remember, we have a way to make everyone feel welcome. 53-55 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NJ. 020 7624 0008 www.alicehouse.co.uk/queens-park 15

Local Hotspots Enjoy an artisan coffee, while exploring great fashion boutiques right in the picturesque heart of Kensal Rise!

Dark Habit Dark Habit Coffee is a quaint and stylish Coffee Shop and Wine specialist in Queen’s Park. Seasonal coffees are available from selected roasters. There is also a carefully curated selection of fine wines available for you to sample too. 72A Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NU. www.darkhabitcoffee.co.uk/ Cafe Noir A beautiful café with comfortable seating, serving delicious fresh cakes and snacks with rich full-bodied coffees and speciality teas available. Also serving scrumptious milkshakes and other fresh healthy drinks. All food is freshly prepared using locally sourced ingredients. 314 Kilburn Ln, London W9 3EF. 020 8962 0537 www.cafenoirw9.com/ Dark & Light Coffee A contemporary coffee shop serving delicious coffees with fresh pastries, cakes, and snacks too. Our friendly staff look forward to welcoming you. 22, College Parade, Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6RN. 020 7450 3549

Parlour We are open all day with something to eat most of the day too. The Best Full English, wonderful seasonal set menus with always a few old favourites – Epic brunch and Sunday Lunches, and even a few lovely things to drink with it all too. Serving the best Brazilian Coffee in town. 5 Regent Street, Kensal Green, London, NW10 5LG www.parlourkensal.com/ Bel & Nev Bel & Nev is a family-friendly café in the heart of Kensal Rise serving great coffee and tasty, seasonal food and cakes. Everything is homemade in the tiny open kitchen in the café by trained chefs, husband, and wife team, Bel & Nev. Also serving the community with great coffee, delicious, homemade food, and good music too. We look forward to welcoming you. 15 Station Terrace, London NW10 5RX. 020 3720 8825 www.belandnev.com/

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Ediit Ediit womenswear is a destination, multi-label, independent boutique based in the heart of Queens Park London, selling a selection of European, Scandinavian and British Brands. We are passionate about what we do and always aim to find ontrend pieces and focus on fabrics, fit and attention to detail. We are home to some of the best womenswear brands on the high street including Fabienne Chapot, Bellerose, American Vintage and much more. 73 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NJ. 020 7372 7390 www.ediitstore.com/

Nooki Our little Kensal Rise shop showcases all our beautiful womenswear and accessories alongside refreshingly curated lifestyle brands, kids’ clothing, toys, and gifts. It is perfect for gift shopping, whether you are treating yourself or another lucky person. With a love of pattern, and generally just wanting something a little different, each season we work together from a starting point of vintage finds, prints, patterns, and a general idea of things we love and want to wear personally. Over time we have discovered that if you don’t love it, then you can’t sell it! 101 Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 3ND. 020 7952 1758

Trotters Established in 1990, Trotters offers an exclusive range of beautiful children’s clothing, footwear, and accessories. At Trotters, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and a fun shopping experience for both parents and children, exceptional quality, great design and excellent value. Our customers travel from all over the world to purchase our exclusive brands which cannot be found elsewhere. Unit 1080 Westfield Shopping Centre, Wood Ln, London W12 7GB. 020 8743 2754 www.trotters.co.uk/

www.nookidesign.com/ Supra A designer label store selling curated pieces for both men and women along with fabulous accessories, shoes and more. Please see our website or visit us in-store. We are a family-run business and we look forward to welcoming you and assisting you in finding exactly what you are looking for. 71 Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 3ND. 020 8968 6868 www.supralondon.com/ www.hamptons.co.uk


Interview with Modus Kitchens Please tell us a little about your company? Modus Kitchens are a family friendly business who have been designing and fitting beautiful kitchens throughout the whole of London for over 15 years. Our newly refurbished showroom is set over 2 floors, and showcases Warendorf, Mereway, Pronorm and Nobilia furniture ranges. The breadth of choice not only provides clients with inspiration to suit their lifestyle but also allows us to cater to most budgets. Unlike most showrooms we offer a holistic approach to kitchen design and installation, therefore, whether you would like us to just supply the kitchen, fully install it or create an extension to house it we are able to help.

aesthetics of the kitchen. The design must also work in terms of the functionality, usability and space.

How have kitchens evolved over time? The average kitchen 60 years ago was very different from kitchens today. The kitchen was a utilitarian space, only used for cooking. They lacked the technology and design features that have made cooking and food preparation easier and more enjoyable. It seems hard to believe, but there was a time when the kitchen wasn’t the social spot and hub of activity that it is today.

Why should someone choose to come to Modus Kitchens? At Modus Kitchens our designers are our key assets. Their product knowledge, insights into the styles colour and design possibilities within each kitchen range allows them to steer clients towards the right product for their needs.

Kitchens have become the heart of the home. Open-plan lay outs and islands with seating have turned the space into a multipurpose room, a homework station as much as a place for cooking, combining dining room, lounge, and living room in one. If there is one piece of advice you could give to a family in the market for a kitchen, what would it be? It is important not to only think about the

At Modus we design and fit kitchens that sit perfectly with the way you live. We want to create a kitchen design that works for you, and so one of the first things you will find when you come to us is that we are great at listening! Whether you have specific Pinterest and Instagram pictures, or a very vague design notion, it is our job to listen as well as ask the right questions. This way we can start to understand what you like, what you want, and what you need in your new kitchen.

We pride ourselves on adding value and the experience and technical knowledge of our designers means they can overcome many design challenges to give clients what they want but did not think was possible. Being a London based kitchen company we have frequently designed kitchens for homes with uneven or slanted walls, awkward heights, loft conversions etc. No matter the challenge we can proudly say the end result is always a kitchen that meets our Client’s needs - beautiful, functional and highly personalised.

95 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, London, NW10 3ND 020 8969 8848 info@moduskitchens.com www.moduskitchens.com

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Why not enjoy a night at one of the great theatres spotted around Kensal Rise!

99 Projects We represent a selection of established, emerging, local, and international artists and showcase an urban and eclectic, everchanging roster of Solo Exhibitions and Group Shows, both online and in pop-up gallery spaces. We want the works we show to brighten and lift the walls of local and visiting collectors’ homes, so we will always show artists with energy and enthusiasm for their practice. We will ensure there is a mix of original paintings, photography, collages, sculptures, editions, and screen prints so that there are access points for new collectors as well as opportunities to invest in major works for each artist. Unit 311, canalot studios, 222 Kensal Rd, London W10 5BN. 07944 911820 www.99projects.co.uk/


Lexi Cinema The Lexi Cinema is London’s first independent boutique cinema and social enterprise. A single screen is staffed by local volunteers with all profits going to an eco-village in South Africa. Woke. There’s a gallery bar exhibiting a broad range of work with a slant towards local artists. The programme ranges from blockbusters to arthouse and foreign films, plus special events, Q&As and classic movie seasons. They also run the Nomad Cinema – a travelling summer pop-up named by the Evening Standard as “London’s best outdoor cinema”. 194b Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 3JU. 020 3011 5523 www.thelexicinema.co.uk/ TheLexiCinema.dll/Home


Serena Morton Gallery Morton is passionate about her gallery being based in the vibrant community of RBK&C and working with the primary market of her contemporaries. The Gallery is open by appointment so please see our website for details of upcoming exhibitions. The Gallery Collection offers you a path to explore and a chance to discover a variety of artists and mediums (photography, painting, and sculpture). 343 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 6HA. 07716 558732 www.serenamorton.com/ \ Wilder Gallery Wilder Gallery, founded in December 2020 and opening its doors in April 2021, is an independent gallery in the heart of Kensal Rise showcasing emerging and contemporary art. The gallery presents an innovative physical exhibition program, alongside an online exhibition program, with a mission to champion and support the most exciting emerging and contemporary artists. Our physical exhibition program specialises in solo and duo presentations with an emphasis on showcasing the works of female-identifying artists. We use our online exhibition program to fundraise for artist and gallery-nominated charitable causes. We have donated to the Trussell Trust, Cancer Research UK, The Brain Tumour Charity, Bees & Refugees and Mind UK to name a few. 77 College Rd, London NW10 5ES. 07747 635823 www.wilder.gallery/

Brent Museum Situated in the library of Willesden Green, Brent Museum and Archives, hold a variety of material covering the history of the local areas of Brent for over 50 years and a collection of over 10,000 artefacts, videos, oral history recordings and other items that reflect working and domestic life in Brent from about 1850 to the present day. Free temporary exhibitions that feature newly acquired objects, objects which have been in storage for decades and loaned objects from other museums. Willesden Library Centre, 95 High Rd, London NW10 2SF. 020 8937 3600 www.brent.gov.uk/libraries-arts-andheritage/brent-museum-and-archives Mini Picassos Mini Picassos is an art school for children and adults who are excited about art, artists and being creative. We offer a wide range of art courses, host birthday parties & run great holiday workshops. You will find our studio space in Northwest London, close to Kensal Rise Overground station. We are an independent and very yellow studio, sharing our passion for art with the community at 8 Station Terrace, NW10 5RT for the last decade. An art school for toddlers, children and adults who are excited about art, artists and being creative. Whether you’re 15 months or 103 years old, you’ll find something new to learn at our studio. 8 Station Terrace, London NW10 5RT. 07774 705975 www.minipicassos.co.uk/

Kiln Theatre The Transformed Tricycle Theatre is renamed Kiln Theatre - a place of energy, creativity, and stories in Kilburn. We view the world through a variety of lenses, bringing unheard voices into the mainstream. We present highquality and innovative work, which provokes debate and emotionally engages. Located in Brent, the most culturally diverse borough in London, we are a local venue with an international vision. 269 Kilburn High Rd, London NW6 7JR. 020 7328 1000 www.kilntheatre.com/ www.hamptons.co.uk


Family days out

Kensal Rise is a great destinations for a family trip offering entertainment for kids of all ages. We’ve picked some of the most popular family-friendly things to do and sorted them into a handy list.

Queen’s Park Queen’s Park is a community-focused green space in a densely populated part of London, equally perfect for finding peace and quiet or getting out for some fun and exercise! The Park has tennis courts, a pitch and putt course, an ornamental garden, a children’s playground with a paddling pool, a small farm, and a café on site to provide you with all you need making it the perfect day out for all the family. Queen’s Park, Kingswood Avenue, London NW6 6SG. 07786 588861

Queen’s Park Gardens Queen’s Parks Gardens offers something for everyone. Trees, grass areas and a rose garden as well as more active facilities within the park. Facilities include a well-designed playground, multi-use and free-to-use ball court, wildlife garden, a specifically designated “dog run” area, and seating. 67 Ilbert St., London W10 4QH. www.westminster.gov.uk/parks-and-openspaces/queens-park-gardens

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Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance is a staffed park with the following facilities: a children’s play area, an all-weather floodlit sports area, changing rooms, several works of contemporary art, and public toilet facilities. The formal Voysey Garden has been completely restored to its original design. There is a kiosk during the summer months. Kensal Rd, London W10 5EG www.rbkc.gov.uk/parks-leisure-andculture/parks/emslie-hornimanspleasance Museum of Brands The Museum of Brands is a treasure trove of retro design and memories including Rimmel cosmetics from the 1890s, First World War Oxo Cubes, Mars Bars, Rolos and KitKats from the 1930s and a shiny 1970s Chopper Bike. The museum is totally family-friendly, with trails and adventure bags to kick-start conversations about the brands we know and love. The Museum’s gift shop sells retro-inspired items, many created from images in the collection, including vintage posters, homewares, old-fashioned toys and games old school postcards, gift wrap and cards. There is also a gorgeous southfacing microclimate courtyard garden kept beautiful all year round by fantastic volunteer gardeners. The Museum café offers fresh lunches daily, including sandwiches, soups, salads, and cakes, plus speciality coffees and teas. 111-117 Museum of Brands, W11 1QT. 020 7243 9611

breed meat. Enjoy a vast selection of dairy and cheese as well as seasonal plants and flowers. Look out for lots of seasonal specials and guest stalls; from asparagus and cherries to pickles, farmed trout and birch sap. Salusbury Primary School, Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6RG. 020 7833 0338 www.lfm.org.uk/markets/queens-park/ Queen’s Wood Queen’s Wood is an ancient woodland and dates from at least 1600, possibly from prehistoric times. It became a local nature reserve in 1990. It’s one of 4 ancient woodlands in Haringey. These woods are thought to be the direct descendants of the original ‘wildwood’. The wildwood covered most of Britain about 5 5,000 years ago. The bird life is diverse and includes all 3 species of woodpecker. Over 100 species of spider have been spotted. A nationally rare jewel beetle is also widespread. Queen’s Wood Rd, London N6 6UU. www.new.haringey.gov.uk/leisure-parksculture/parks-greenspaces naturereserve

www.museumofbrands.com/ Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market Discover London’s largest farmers market, located in a schoolyard, overflowing with an array of farm and food stalls, and bustling with atmosphere. You name it, we have it; from fresh South Coast fish and shellfish to hot sausage rolls and baked treats. Hand-pick your favourite seasonal vegetables and keep an eye out for biodynamic eggs and raw juice. There’s free-range poultry, organic and rear-



Interview with ‘Style and Stage’ artwork, however lived-in properties provide a different challenge. Using my 30 years of experience, I will give lived-in properties a new lease of life by decluttering and re-styling pieces that are already there, a small change can have a huge impact. What have been your major influences and inspirations? I have been fortunate enough to live, work and travel throughout Asia and Europe, which has undoubtedly influenced my work; I take huge inspiration from these experiences. My Swedish background means that Scandi and Japandi interiors are where I feel my personal style most aligns, however we are able to offer a range of styles to our clients, dependent on what the property calls for. In developing a style for a client’s property who takes the lead or is it a collaborative effort? In terms of home staging, we take full creative control of the project. We look at the big picture, considering the location of the property, the demographic for the area and who the property is most likely to attract and use this information to stage the space accordingly. When undertaking an interior design project, it is always a collaborative effort. We pride ourselves on combining our expertise with the clients Why do you recommend people selling their personal taste to create the perfect space for property to use Home Staging? them. Residential Property or Home Staging is the art of dressing a property for sale or let. This shows the Is there a project you are most proud of? property in its best light and therefore maximises A wonderful perk of working in this industry return on investment in the quickest timeframe is that each project has its own rewards, so I possible. We’re helping potential buyers/renters wouldn’t say there is a particular project that to see themselves in that home, and we believe we are most proud of. We take great pride the statistics speak for themselves. in all of our work, and always leave feeling 86% of Estate Agents agree that staging a satisfied that we have done an excellent job. property helps to sell up to three times faster. However, we also understand the importance You simply get more traffic online, more viewings of numbers within this industry, and after and more offers. staging a property in Notting Hill which sold for 100% off Estate Agents say it helps the buyer to 100k over the asking price, I was immensely visualise the property as their future proud. home. A surprising 94% of people cannot visualise furniture in an empty space, which is How would you like people to get in touch with where we can help. you? We are always eager to welcome new clients, so Is there difference between a lived-in property if you are interested in our range of services we and an empty one? would love to hear from you. You can call us, or Yes, generally speaking empty properties are send us an email and we’d be very happy to staged solely with our furniture, accessories and help! How did you start your Home Staging Business? After moving to London six years ago, I quickly realised there was a gap in the interior market for staging services. Combining my decades of knowledge providing interior design services around the world- in Hong Kong, France and Sweden to name a few- and my experience with the benefits of staging properties, my daughter Hanna and I started Style and Stage in 2018.


Local Schools Where our children spend most of their week and how they are being educated is a decision which should take some serious consideration. We have put together this list of suggestions to make your life a little bit easier. Many local schools and nurseries offer free tours so please go and visit your choice options before making that final important decision.



Salusbury Primary School We are a caring, happy, welcoming, and vibrant primary school in Queen’s Park with over 700 children and staff, who between them speak 42 languages and have a wide range of skills and talents. We are very much a community school at the heart of Queen’s Park. Salusbury Primary is committed to ensuring that every pupil leaves our school with high aspirations, an enduring enthusiasm for learning and the confidence to address the world on their own terms. Inclusion is at the heart of our school, every child has the right to be successful, confident, and wellprepared for the world. Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6RG. 020 7624 0311

Princess Frederica C of E Primary School Princess Frederica exists to: Nurture social, emotional, spiritual, and educational growth in all our children. Impart the gifts of selfconfidence, determination, and curiosity with a rich and creative curriculum. Create a positive impact on our local and global community and environment. And nurture friendship, kindness, and respect. We also run a nursery with an intake of 30 children. College Rd, London NW10 5TP. 020 8969 7756 www.princessfrederica.brent.sch.uk/

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Bales College At Bales, we value the individual’s potential and put all our efforts into helping each child grow personally and academically. Our teachers are committed to fully supporting each child on their learning journey, in an environment conducive to learning. At the same time, students are encouraged to develop their independent working patterns. The Bales student is hard-working, aspirational, organised, and independent. Our co-curricular programme throughout the school supports and extends students’ learning in the classroom. We undertake regular local trips and visits to venues in and around London, welcome visiting speakers whose expertise covers a range of interests and arrange annual residential trips to European destinations. Your son or daughter will experience an education at Bales that will enable them to thrive in our ever-changing world. 2j Kilburn Ln, London W10 4AA. 020 8960 5899

Kenmont Primary School We are a small friendly school which has been judged to be good by Ofsted (January 2023). Our school is popular with local families, who value the benefits that a small school offers including a close community, committed staff and an ethos that values each child. We offer a happy and friendly atmosphere and are dedicated to providing an inspiring and engaging curriculum so that children grow to their full potential and become responsible, caring members of the community. Valliere Rd, London NW10 6AL. 020 8969 4497 www.kenmont.lbhf.sch.uk/

Manor School Manor School is a large special school located in the London Borough of Brent and is part of The Rise Partnership Trust. We have almost 220 incredible pupils on roll, from Reception to Key Stage 3. Our main school site is based on Chamberlayne Road www.balescollege.co.uk/ in Kensal Rise and the Manor School Early Aldwickbury School Years Centre (MSEYC) is situated on Bridge Aldwickbury School is an independent Pre-Prep Road which is approximately 2.5 miles away. College Green Nursery School and Prep School for boys aged 4-13 located on Our school motto is “Love, Learn, Laugh” and Our vision is to inspire a life-long love for the outskirts of Harpenden, Hertfordshire. The this permeates everything that we do. learning and empower children to be breadth of opportunities on offer at Aldwickbury Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 3NT. 020 compassionate, resilient, and distinctively is somethingOur we are of. The boys 8968 3160 remarkable. coreincredibly belief atproud College Green are challenged and engaged academically School & Services is that all our children but www.manor.brent.sch.uk/ also benefit from a wide-ranging co-curricular should feel safe, happy, valued, celebrated, programmeand making fullfun usewhilst of ourlearning extensive challenged, have at Maple Walk School grounds and facilities. The school offers boys of the school. Independent co-educational primary school all abilities myriad of exciting opportunities 161 Collegea Rd, London NW10 3PH. 020 for boys and girls aged 4 to 11. Excellent to develop 8969 2179their confidence and unearth their private school education. Preparing children talents in the arts, STEM, on stage, in music www.cgss.brent.sch.uk/ and on the sports field. The journey through the for a range of selective and non-selective ARK Franklin Primary Academy secondary schools. We are a forward-thinking school prepares the boys to leave at 13 when We are a primary school and nursery offering we believe they are truly ready for senior school prep school in North West London, close to a education. great education for local children in Kensal Roundwood Park. We are a school with great Rise, Northwest London. We are a 3-form heart, children are at the centre of everything Wheathampstead Rd, Harpenden 1AD. entry school committed to servingAL5 our diverse we do, and every pupil is embraced as part of 01582 713022 population here in Kensal Rise. Ark Franklin our shared community. iswww.aldwickbury.org.uk proudly part of the Ark network of schools 62 Crownhill Rd, London NW10 4EB. 020 and prides itself on having the highest 8963 3890 possible expectations for every single child. www.maplewalkschool.co.uk/ Harvist Rd, London NW6 6HJ. 020 8969 3846 www.arkfranklinprimary.org/



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Fitness & Health

Leading a hectic life? Need somewhere to tone your body, recharge your muscles or simply stretch? We have put together the best locations for you to do just that. Whether you fancy going for a swim or need regular fitness classes, we know that our recommended providers will do their best to keep you in shape.

Absolute Studios Kensal Rise Absolute dynamic reformer classes are a brilliant fusion of the best aspects of Pilates, strength and conditioning and circuit training disciplines. We combine the key Pilates principles of precise movement, control, and core muscle activation, amongst others, with functional strength-promoting exercises. This ensures that not only do you get leaner, stronger, and more balanced, but you also apply your newfound strength and flexibility to movements that you need to perform every day. Once you begin your training with us, you’ll look and move better. 77A College Rd, London NW10 5ES. 020 3976 5110

NXT PHASE Queen’s Park Gym and Fitness Studio NXT PHASE Fitness is more than just a gym, we are a community passionate about fitness and health. Our Philosophy stems from making sure all exercises are practised with proper form, we call this functional fitness. This helps to reduce injury, maximise time in the gym and improve your health most efficiently. Our gym is fully kitted out with all the essential gym equipment to maximise your workout, from our two squat racks to a large collection of free weights to our 10-metre sled track. 1-3, Canterbury House, Canterbury Rd, North Maida Vale, London NW6 5FR. 020 3793 0879


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Moberly Sports Centre Built as part of a £28M investment and opened in June 2018, the brand-new Moberly Sports Centre is the ideal fitness and leisure destination for you and your family. Packed with a whole host of modern facilities, including two pools, a 130-station gym and two Group Exercise studios. Additionally, there’s a large eight-court sports hall where you can enjoy a variety of activities, a spa, a dedicated boxing gym and a bespoke gymnastics area, alongside a range of other facilities. 25 Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 3NB. 020 3879 6669 www.everyoneactive.com/centre/moberlysports-centre/ DropGym - Queen’s Park Welcome to DropGym, your personal, private gym. Our clean sophisticated spaces give you a safe and intimate environment to prioritise and improve your health. With limited numbers per session, DropGym workouts are personal, effective, and exclusive. With no queuing for machines and with zero overcrowding, you can maximise each session for a quality workout experience. 68b Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NU. 020 4574 9755 www.dropgym.io/

Fierce Grace Hot Yoga – West Experience yoga unlike anywhere else at Fierce Grace West. Located on Kilburn Lane, our West London studio boasts a beautiful nonslip, wood effect yoga studio. The garden courtyard is a welcome surprise during the bustling boutiques and cafes of Queen’s Park Village. Our revolutionary interconnected classes, based on two decades of research and the observation of a quarter of a million bodies, are designed to bring you the ultimate blend of strength and flexibility for both body and mind. Practised in temperatures of between 35-38°C to support safety, detoxification, catharsis and reduce post-workout stiffness, expect transformative results whatever your age, ability, or body type. Live Life with Fierce Grace. 260 Kilburn Ln, London W10 4BA. 020 8960 9644 www.fiercegrace.com/studios/west New York Pilates We were the first studio teaching authentic, Classical Pilates in London. We’re known as the Centre of Excellence for Authentic Classical Pilates. The longest-running Classical Pilates studio in London with a full range of classes for different abilities. Online classes run 7 days a week. Unit 2, The Linen House, 253 Kilburn Ln, London W10 4BQ. 07718 785870 www.nypilates.co.uk/

The Maqam Centre Set in a large converted historic building, the Maqam in Queen’s Park is an inspiring place for families. Relax in our design-led spaces complete with a café, conservatory, play & book corner & all-day family dining. Learn to or come for a swim in our luxury pool – swimming classes for all ages, aqua exercise, family swims and adult lane swimming too. Our studio and café host a timetable of creative classes for children, memorable birthday parties and holiday clubs. In addition to our family-friendly facilities, we host a calendar of events and workshops for little ones and their accompanying grown-ups. We can’t wait to welcome you – get in touch for a tour! Wrentham Ave, London NW10 3HJ. 020 7625 0375 www.themaqamcentre.com/ www.hamptons.co.uk


Local Restaurants

Behesht Restaurant Behesht Restaurant is London’s favourite Iranian Restaurant And Takeaway. Here at Behesht Restaurant, we offer a huge variety of starters, such as mast-o-khiar, bourani, salad shirazi, kashke bademjan and mirza ghasemi. We also offer a wide range of main courses such as chello kebab change and zereshk polo ba morgh. We look forward to serving welcoming and serving you. 1082-1086, Harrow Rd, London NW10 5NL. 020 8964 4477

Frigideira Frigideira & Camburi restaurant aims to serve the best Brazilian dishes with a special service and a touch of seasonings and ingredients that you will love. We brought from our great experience of Brazilian Cuisine, special recipes that will make you feel in Brazil when trying it. 37 Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 3NB. 020 8962 8800 www.frigideira.co.uk/

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Sacro Cuore Pizza Sacro Cuore is a traditional Neapolitan Pizzeria in Kensal Rise. We opened in summer 2012 and the pizza we make is identical to what you would eat in Naples, the birthplace of pizza. We use the same ingredients, the same cooking method and the same oven. For us, it is all about the pizza! 45 Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 3NB. 020 8960 8558 www.sacrocuore.co.uk/ Eat Sushi Here at Eat Sushi Kensal Rise, we are constantly striving to improve our service and quality to give our customers the very best experience. As a result, we are finally proud to unveil and introduce our latest improvement, our new online ordering website! You can now relax at home and order your favourite, freshly prepared meals from Eat Sushi Kensal Rise. You can even pay online! Chengs House, 16 Station Terrace, London NW10 5RX. 020 8969 4386

of today’s discerning diner. Cocotte Queen’s Park is more than just a restaurant; it’s a space where the community gathers, where laughter fills the air, and where memories are made over shared meals. 79 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NH. 020 7647 7719 www.mycocotte.uk/queens-park/ Carmel Carmel is a relaxed all-day restaurant and bar in the heart of Queen’s Park, which takes inspiration from the cuisines across the Eastern Mediterranean, creating an accessible, refined menu. Carmel’s wine list is a central part of the restaurant’s offering showcasing wines from some of the most exciting low-intervention producers. From the team behind Berber & Q. 23-25 Lonsdale Rd, London NW6 6RD. 020 3848 2090 www.carmelrestaurant.co.uk/

The Cedar Restaurant Our Award-Winning Eatery offers a Wide Range of Delicious And Authentic Lebanese Cuisine For Eat-In and delivery. Traditional homemade dishes prepared with love and using only the finest ingredients for you. 58 College Rd, London NW10 5ES. 020 3417 8383

Ida Ida opened in 2007 in a pretty Grade II listed corner shop in Queens Park. Family-run, by husband-and-wife team, Avi and Simonetta together with their three children, the dream was to recreate the kind of simple, homecooked Italian food you might eat at the house of your favourite aunt. Ida’s speciality is fresh pasta and gnocchi, made in-house, as well as regional vegetarian, vegan and fish dishes. At Ida, everything is made fresh every day. 167 Fifth Ave, London W10 4DT. 020 8969 9853




Cocotte Queen’s Park Tucked away in the picturesque enclave of Queen’s Park, Cocotte is a culinary gem that marries the charm of the local community with the sophistication of modern dining. Our dedication to healthy rotisserie ensures that every plate is a harmonious blend of healthconscious choices without compromising on flavour. Our diverse menu, rich in both tradition and innovation, showcases our love for the culinary arts. The bottomless brunch, a favourite among our patrons, is a testament to our ability to curate experiences that resonate with the tastes



‘Virtually’ all you need

Some suggested local social media groups to help you connect, learn, buy, sell and have fun.



Kensal Rise Community www.facebook.com/groups/2214444346/ Kensal Rise Residents Association www.facebook.com/groups/collegeroadresidents/?locale=en_GB Kensal Rise and Queens Park Community www.facebook.com/KensalQueensParkWillesden/ Queen’s Park Area Residents’ Association www.facebook.com/queensparkresidents/?locale=en_GB Queen’s Park Mums (London, NW6) www.facebook.com/groups/1655732904696487/ Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market London www.facebook.com/QueensParkFarmersMarket/?locale=en_GB

Kensal Rise RA www.twitter.com/KensalRiseRA Kensal and Queens Park www.twitter.com/i/flow/login?redirect_after_login=%2Fkensalqueenspk Queen’s Park Folk www.twitter.com/i/flow/login?redirect_after_login=%2FQueensParkFolk



Help and support from your local Council You should inform your Local Authority of where you are moving from and where you are moving to around a month before you move. You can do this here. https://system8.rbwm.gov.uk/ publicaccesslive/selfservice/services/ changeofaddress/coastart.htm You’ll need to include the forwarding addresses for every adult in the property that pays council tax. Search for information and services from your council. Information for residents about Brent Council including council tax, bins and recycling, schools, leisure, streets and parking, this and lot’s more at the below link. www.brent.gov.uk



Planning & Building Control Unsure which services you need? If you are thinking of making changes to your property, you may need to apply for planning permission and / or Building Regulations approval. If you’re not sure which applications to make, please use the guidance below to help you to decide what you need to do. Please note that many developments will require both.

• affect traffic volumes, road safety or access • change the density of development in an area • use significantly different materials or finishes from nearby properties • have an effect on existing trees

What is building control?

Building control applies national statutory regulations to ensure the structural What is planning? quality of any building work, in areas Planning is the process of deciding such as safety, public health, accessibility, whether a proposed development should and the materials used. Most substantial go ahead or not. It uses national and local building projects (such as an extension, policies to consider the development in its knocking down walls or converting context and may look at the impact of the a garage or loft) will need Building work on neighbours and the wider Regulations approval. community, existing architecture, the land, the layout, and existing or proposed www.brent.gov.uk/planning-andinfrastructure (such as drains, transport building-control/planning-policy-andand schools). guidance You will probably need planning permission if your proposed development will do any of the following: • create a new building, or change the use or appearance of an existing building • affect the sunlight, privacy or outlook for neighbouring properties • affect the nearby area with noise disturbance, smell or fumes • work on or around listed buildings or any conservation areas www.hamptons.co.uk


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