Kensal Rise & Queen's Park Area Guide

Kensal Rise & Queen

Kensal Rise & Queen's Park Area Guide

This Kensal Rise & Queen's Park guide provides a swift overview of the area, including the best places to eat and drink, shop, study, its history, council tax rates and public transport connections to the rest of London.

Grand Union Canal, Kensal Rise
The Alice House, Queen
Property for sale in Kensal Rise & Queen

An overview of Kensal Rise & Queen's Park

Located on the southern edge of the London Borough of Brent and bordering the City of Westminster to the east and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to the south, Kensal Rise nestles next to Queen’s Park to form a vibrant residential village. Its sense of community coupled with some of the best transport links in the capital has helped fuel its appeal to young professionals and families alike. It’s hip and happening, with an eclectic mix of independent shops and a cracking selection of cafes, pubs, bards and restaurants. But it also boasts good schools, open spaces and the Grand Union Canal to round off its hot property credentials. Most definitely one to watch.

History of Kensal Rise & Queen's Park

Originally part of one of the ten manors within the district of Willesden, Kensal Rise was first mentioned in 1253, translating from old English meaning the King’s Holt (King’s Wood). In the 15th century the then Archbishop of Canterbury Henry Chichele endowed the college he founded - All Souls' College, Oxford - with lands he’d acquired in Willesden and Kingsbury.

Consequently most of Willesden and Kensal Rise remained largely agricultural well into the Victorian era. Residential development grew apace from the mid-1800s fuelled by the coming of both the Grand Union canal and the Great Western Railway, and in its time has been a haven for both Irish and Afro-Caribbean communities. Once condemned as being immune to gentrification, Kensal Rise has proved the doubters wrong – and how!

Kensal Rise & Queen's Park Property

Period properties dominate across Kensal Rise and Queen’s Park and that means some substantial homes up for grabs – and plenty of choice for renters since many of them have been converted into handsome flats. Buyers can find everything from Edwardian terraces and flat conversions to large semi-detached 1920s houses, and even 2-bedroom artisan cottages. The roads around Queen’s Park such as Chevening Road, Millman Road, Kingswood Avenue and Harvist Road are noted for their large, red-brick Edwardian semi-detached houses; around Brondesbury Park, there are sought-after detached and semi-detached 1920s houses in Aylestone Avenue, The Avenue, Milverton Road and Christchurch Avenue. Manor House Drive and Mount Pleasant Road are also popular choices while the roads west of College Road with their Edwardian terraces offer some of the best value in the area.

Whether you are seeking to buy or rent a home in Kensal Rise or Queen’s Park, contact one of Green & Co.’s expert sales and letting agents. We have a fine supply of homes in both Kensal Rise and Queen’s Park for sale and to let.

Shops and restaurants in Kensal Rise & Queen
People sitting in a park in Queen
Kilburn Library in Kensal Rise in North West London
Kensal Green Underground Station
Malorees Primary School in Queen

Shopping, food and drink in Kensal Rise & Queen's Park

Chamberlayne Road and Salusbury Road are your top destinations for independent shops and good drinks and eats. Antique lovers should head for Howie & Belle, Niche and Circus; the design conscious may want to pay Tom Dixon a visit; and Scarlet & Violet is one of London’s most stunning artisan florists. Fashionistas are well catered for too, with Lau, Iris and Supra the top picks.

Popular dining venues include Paradise by way of Kensal Rise, the Dock Kitchen and Sacro Cuore, with The Chamberlayne and The Salusbury leading the pubs selection.  Minkie’s Deli is possibly the coolest deli café in NW London, but L’Angolo and Crazy Baker should also be on your list. For a good night out, try the fantastic Lexi Cinema – a ‘micro’ cinema with a unique charity and community focus.

Parks in Kensal Rise & Queen's Park

Queen’s Park is maintained by the City of London and has six tennis courts, a pitch and putt course, children’s café and playground. Roundwood Park is a Victorian park in nearby Harlesden with Green Flag status. The Grand Union Canal also offers plenty of towpath walking, with Little Venice a magical destination.

Emergency services in Kensal Rise & Queen's Park

Kilburn Police Station is on Salisbury Road with Willesden Fire Station located on Pound Lane. There are a couple of GP practices: Staverton Surgery on Staverton Road and the Park House Medical Centre on Harvist Road.

Transportation in Kensal Rise & Queen's Park

Kensal Rise’s outstanding public transport links are one of the main reasons for its growing popularity. Kensal Green and Queen’s Park tube stations (Zone 2) are on the Bakerloo Line and only 20 minutes from Oxford Circus and the West End.

London Overground services operate out of Kensal Green to London Euston, a journey that takes around 15 minutes. London Overground also operates out of Kensal Rise and Brondesbury Park railway stations and provides regular services to Richmond in the west, Stratford in the east and Clapham Junction in the south.

Extensive bus services also run from the area, including the No. 18 (Harlesden - Euston), No. 6 (Willesden Bus Garage - Aldwych), No. 52 (Willesden Bus Garage - Victoria Station) and No. 452 (Kensal Rise - Wandsworth Road).

Nurseries and schools in Kensal Rise & Queen's Park

Kensal Green Under Fives Group
College Green Nursery School & Services
The Beehive On Queen’s Park Montessori School
Jelli Tots Nursery
Katharine Bruce Community Nursery
Queens Park Court
Hopscotch Under 5s
Happy Child
Villas Nursery
Malorees Primary School
Kensal Rise Primary School
Princess Frederica CofE
Queen’s Park Community School
Capital City Academy
Islamia Girls High

Council tax rates in Kensal Rise & Queen's Park

The council tax rate in Kensal Rise is set by Brent Council. The rate of council tax varies and is dependent on the following valuation bands:

London Borough of Brent


Band A
Band B
Band C
Band D
Band E
Band F
Band G
Band H

Council Tax


Kensal Rise & Queen's Park Summary

Kensal Rise’s popularity has increased steadily over the years yet still offers good value compared with the more established gentrified suburbs. It’s well connected, has a strong community, village feel and offers plenty of retail and leisure options for those looking for a lifestyle to go with their new home.