Kensal Green Area Guide
About this area
AREA GUIDE - KENSAL GREEN/COLLEGE PARKLOCATIONKensal Green is a residential area in north-west London located on the southern boundary of the London Borough of Brent. 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. Once seen as a slightly down at heel neighbourhood, much like Kensal Rise has benefitted from the surge in interest in properties north of Notting Hill and Ladbroke Grove and with a large number of complete terraced houses as opposed to flats is seen as a good, affordable location for young families. LONDON BOROUGH OF BRENT COUNCIL TAX
THE AREAA popular area with those working in the media and creative industries, with Willesden to the north, Harlesden to the west, Queens Park to the east and Ladbroke Grove to the south. The area is known for its independent boutiques, cafes and bars. The area has seen significant gentrification over recent years and in 2009, Chamberlayne Road in Kensal Rise was named by Vogue as the hippest street in Europe https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/buying-selling-moving/6028457/Chamberlayne-Road-in-London-the-hippest-street-in-Europe.html Something that brings a smile to the face of many a long time resident.
Local Information and Property Activity
True Associates Kensal Rise office
32 Chamberlayne Road,
Kensal Green Local Features
Housing stock mainly Victorian but interspersed with more modern housing as the area was heavily bombed during the war on account of Kensal Green being the convolution of the west coast main railway line passing right under the main road (Harrow Road) out to the west, with a Victorian gun works (Holland & Holland) standing right by the junction and still there to this day.
The Georgian House in Harrow Road. Some would say the most distinguished house for miles around.
Kensal Green Local Schools
The educational charity Ark, founded by venture capitalist Arpad Busson, runs three state primary schools in the area: Ark Franklin in Harvist Road, which replaced Kensal Rise primary in September 2013; Ofsted Report “Good” in 2016. The following state primary schools are judged to be “good”: Princess Frederica CofE in College Road; and Kenmont Primary School in Valliere Road. Three state comprehensive schools are judged to be “good”: Queen’s Park (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Aylestone Avenue, and Capital City Academy in Doyle Gardens. There is a small choice of local private schools. The primary schools are Seacole (co-ed, ages four to 11) in Bosworth Road, The Lloyd Williamson School (co-ed, six weeks to 11) in Telford Road. The private secondary school is Bales College (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Kilburn Lane. The area also puts you within easy reach of the prestigious University College School in Hampstead.
Kensal Green Transport Links
Kensal Green Station (Transport for London Travelcard Zone 2) on the Bakerloo line is about 20 minutes from Oxford Circus and the West End. National Rail London Overground services also operates to London Euston, a journey that takes around 15 minutes. Trains also go to Watford Junction. London Overground North London Line services also operate out of Kensal Rise railway station (Transport for London Travelcard Zone 2) 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 routes 18 (Sudbury – Euston), 6 (Willesden Bus Garage – Aldwych), 52 (Willesden Bus Garage – Victoria station via Notting Hill and Kensington) and 452 (Kensal Rise – Vauxhall).
There is also a canal running from Kensal Rise to Paddington and to Kings Cross via Camden which features a cycle lane and water bus.