Queens Park Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Queens Park, North West London

Fabulous3.6

Living in Queens Park

Queen's Park is an increasingly popular Zone 2 area with a lot going for it. Its central location means that it has excellent transport links by Tube, rail, and bus. Period properties can still be picked up at what is, for central London, something of a bargain. There is community spirit and green space enough to offer respite from urban life, as well as a farmer's market featuring local and organic produce. 

Ratings

Fabulous3.6

Community

Queen's Park is home to a popular farmer's market, which sells local and organic farm produce. There are numerous locally owned boutiques and restaurants in the area. 

Safety

The crime rate in Queens Park is average, as is the wider surrounding area. The nearest high-crime hotspot is around the Westfield in Shepherd's Bush. In 2014/2015, both the crime rate and the violence against the person rate were slightly lower than the rates for London overall. 

Parking

Parking here can be somewhat difficult. The rate of car ownership here is about the same as in London overall, with a little less than one car per household. Road links, like the A5, A404, and Finchley Road are good, but beware the nearby central London congestion zone, as well as occasionally heavy traffic. 

Nightlife

Some parts of this neighbourhood are very residential, while toward the Brent side in particular there is a good selection of bars, restaurants, and pubs in Queen's Park. Many of these are independent and locally owned. There are places to see live music in the area. It is well-connected, including by night bus, for travel to nightlife destinations.

Family Friendly

Queen's Park's popularity with families is on the rise. There is a similar population of children in this area as in London overall, with about 1 in 5 residents being a child aged 0-15. Queen's Park is fairly densely populated, with many people living in flats rather than family homes, but has excellent access to green space from Queen's Park itself (which has numerous facilities for children) to nearby parks like Roundwood Park. There are a number of good schools in the area, including a Muslim state school, a Church of England school, and a Roman Catholic school.

Pet Friendly

This area has a number of parks in it, incuding the park that gives the neighbourhood its name - Queen's Park - and nearby Roundwood and Wormwood Scrubs parks offer more dog walking opportunities. There is a designated dog run in Queen's Park. A large majority of people in this area live in flats, rather than houses. This would be a fairly good place to own a dog. 

Transport

This neighbourhood is centrally located in Zone 2. Queen's Park station, Brondesbury Park, Kensal Rise, and Kilburn High Road are on the Overground. Kensal Green is on the Overground and the Bakerloo Line. Kilburn Park is on the Bakerloo Line. Kilburn and Willesden Green are on the Jubilee Line. The area is exceptionally well-served by local buses. Road links, like the A5, A404, and Finchley Road are good, but beware the nearby central London congestion zone, as well as occasionally heavy traffic.