A Guide to Cricklewood’s Hidden Hotspots
Surrounded by the more well-known suburbs of West Hampstead, Kilburn and Willesden Green, Cricklewood is one of the fastest up-and-coming neighbourhoods in London.
Packed full of independent shops, cafes and eateries, the area has a real community vibe and is quickly attracting both families and young professionals.
Despite its urban feel, Cricklewood has an abundance of green space. The extensive Gladstone Park is the perfect place to take some time out from your busy day. With sweeping views across London (on a clear day you can see the Wembley Stadium arch, the London Eye, parliament and the Shard), tree-lined avenues, tennis courts and an outdoor gym, there’s nowhere better to escape to.
Another option is the award-winning Mapesbury Dell. This little hidden gem is tucked away behind a row of residential houses. It’s so secluded even some locals don’t know it’s there. With green lawns, picnic tables and stunning gardens, you’ll struggle to drag yourself away from this picturesque haven. What was once a derelict piece of wasteland is now one of north London’s best kept secrets.
If you’re looking for places to eat in the area, you have plenty of options. Searching for an exciting lunch destination? Try Stables Cafe in Gladstone Park. It might not look much from the outside, but it serves food you’d expect to find in London’s more upmarket restaurants.
Go slightly further afield and you have an abundance of choice in the chic neighbouring area of West Hampstead. Ham serves modern British cuisine in a friendly, laid back atmosphere. Think cod with wild garlic veloute and flat iron steak. Or try The Wet Wish Cafe for brunch or Took Took for pan Asian street food.
Willesden, which also borders Cricklewood, is another destination for foodies. Beer and Burger serves a selection of meat and plant-based burgers as well as a huge selection of craft beers. Or go for some authentic Italian cuisine at local favourite Sanzio.
There are also plenty of independent shops in the area. Take some time out of your day and visit the magical Lily King. This independent gift shop and lifestyle boutique is the perfect place to pick up and present for you or someone else. You’ll find an eclectic range of products to suit every budget. You could spend literally hours exploring this treasure trove of must-haves.
If you’re looking for a bit of culture, head to The Kiln Theatre in Kilburn. The venue has a 292 seat theatre showing off-West End productions as well as a 300 seat cinema, bar, restaurant and café.
Of course, if you need a coworking space, there’s The Backyard Co. This repurposed warehouse provides modern, comfortable and distinctive flexible workspace for creative and entrepreneurial members of the local community. With permanent and hotdesks, Zoom rooms, meeting rooms, private offices and breakout spaces and a large outdoor terrace, this neighbourhood hub is the perfect place for everyone from remote workers to larger teams.
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