Queens Park lies between the City of Westminster and the London Borough of Brent. Developed in the late 19th century, the park was named after Queen Victoria after she attended The Royal Agricultural Show held in the park - hence the name The Queens Park.
The northern half of Queens Park was developed by Solomon Barnett, who developed much of Kilburn. The two-storey terraced houses east of the park, developed between 1895 and 1900, typically have clean lines, classical lines. Those west of the park, developed between 1900 and 1905, tend to be more Gothic in style. Barnett's wife was from the West Country, and many of the roads he developed are named either for places she knew ( eg Torbay, Tiverton, Honiton) or popular poets of the time (Tennyson).
The park itself opened in 1887 and is run by the Corporation of London and now contains a highly popular café, tennis courts, pitch & putt golf course, playground with children swimming pool and a small petting zoo – which is why this area is hugely popular with families. It provides a place for locals to come and relax, to listen to music events, run, unwind in the nature area and exercise.
The cosmopolitan Salusbury Road boasts many shops, eateries and recreational facilities, including a Sunday farmers market. Similarly, local amenities are in abundance on the Kilburn High Road which is a short walk. A range of primary and secondary, state and private schools can be found in the locale. The area is served by numerous bus and rail links, including (Zone 2) Bakerloo, Jubilee and Overground lines, providing easy access to Central London. Westfield and Brent Cross shopping centres are a short car drive away. With its flourishing young and vibrant community, and village-like atmosphere, Queens Park is fast becoming one of the most desirable addresses in North West London.
Queens Park is a Conservation Area offering late Victorian and Edwardian houses. Large semi-detached, terraced houses and converted flats dominate this area. As the area has regenerated over the years, Queens Park has seen an influx of families and media types, considerably boosting property prices. The Salusbury Road Primary School and the Queens Park Community School offering excellent local schooling for both primary and senior schools – all within easy walking distance for the local residents.
In September, the Queens Park Residents Association hosts the annual Queens Park Day, which sees the local community coming together to enjoy a day out in the park. The local Lexi cinema has started Screen in the park for those long summer evenings.
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