Cricklewood Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Cricklewood, North West London

Exceptional4.0

Living in Cricklewood

Cricklewood is a North West London suburb with an abundance of fine Victorian and Edwardian family homes, great transport links, and a sense of community. In recent years, funds have been pledged to regenerate the town centre, and there are many new homes being built in this neighbourhood. 

Ratings

Exceptional4.0

Community

According to Homes & Property, this area has a real sense of community, and there are many long-standing Irish and Jewish residents in the neighbourhood. The area has staying power. 

Safety

The 2014/2015 crime and violence against the person rates were similar to the rates for London overall. According to the Met police website, the crime rate in this ward and the borough as a whole is average. There is a crime hospot surrounding the Brent Cross shopping centre. 

Parking

Parking is relatively easy in this area. Slightly fewer people own a car in this area than in London overall. Road connections, including to the North Circular, are good, though traffic can be an issue. 

Nightlife

More pubs, rather than nightclubs. It's fairly easy to travel to areas with more nightlife (like the clubs on West End Lane) by bus, including late at night. 

Family Friendly

About a fifth of residents in this neighbourhood are children, suggesting that it is a family area. Many of the homes in this area are larger and have gardens, which is ideal for families. There is good access to green space in this area in the form of parks and playing fields, including Gladstone Park. Schools in Cricklewood are very good, with many rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, and there are Jewish, Islamic, and Catholic schools nearby.

Pet Friendly

There is fairly good access to green space in this area, including Gladstone Park. Many of the homes in this area are larger and have gardens, making this a good place to own a dog. 

Transport

Cricklewood Station is served by Thameslink trains to Farringdon. Willesden Green (Zone 2/3) and Dollis Hill (Zone 3) are on the Jubillee Line. The area is well-served bu local buses, including some night bus routes. Road connections, including to the North Circular, are good, though traffic can be an issue.