North West London

A Guide to Living in North West London

If fuss-free London transport links and masses of greenery are big draws, then living in North West London will certainly appeal. Property developers have been concentrating on this slice of the city more heavily in recent years. The new homes have drawn those seeking everything from a more affordable lifestyle to village-like credentials and reputable schools. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in North West London. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in North West London.

Multi-cultural Colindale

Take Colindale, as an example. The up-and-coming NW9 postcode is home to a number of residential developments; which are largely huddled around the area’s namesake tube station. It’s on the Northern line and, from here, commuters are transported to King’s Cross in just over 20 minutes, and into the heart of the West End in half an hour. Road links are worth shouting about, too. The A41 and M1 are right on the doorstep. It’s just a short drive along the former to Brent Cross, best-known for its mammoth shopping centre. It neighbours the North Circular and was actually the country’s first enclosed mall.

Transport props aside, Colindale is a wonderfully diverse part of North West London. With tandoori restaurants sharing space with Chinese medicine shops and an enormous Asian street food market.

Hampstead Heath’s ancient acres

Move a short distance south-east and there’s Hampstead. A haven with a hamlet feel, brimming with immaculate cafés and quality gastropubs; and tucked among the much-loved (and well-trodden) ancient acres of Hampstead Heath. Sprawling across a massive 320 hectares, this is as close as it gets to countryside living in a London postcode. Discover woodlands and ponds teeming with wildlife, children’s play areas and Parliament Hill; one of London’s best viewpoints and picnic spots.

Attractions in St John’s Wood

Further south we have glamorous St John’s Wood, set just to the east of edgy duo Kilburn and Queen’s Park. NW8 offers a slower pace of life and is wonderfully devoid of tourists. The quiet, spotless streets are full of elegant pavement cafés and expensive clothing boutiques, and family days out come courtesy of London Zoo, Primrose Hill and the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Live music and markets in Camden

Neighbours Camden & Kentish Town are arguably the most talked-about areas in North West London – largely down to an impeccable live music scene. Long-standing establishments such as The Forum, Koko and The Roundhouse have welcomed stars such as Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Madonna to get the crowds going, so if it’s lively nights out you’re after, you’ll feel right at home here.

Camden Market is just as celebrated as the area’s acoustics and needs little introduction. Whether it’s neon-soaked clubwear or Indonesian street food on the shopping list, you’ll find it in one of its eclectic bazaars, which are characterised by five ‘zones’: The Stables, Buck Street, Electric Ballroom, Inverness Street and Camden Lock. Kentish Town, meanwhile, serves up a more sedate shopping scene. Admittedly, it’s less of an open-air theatre, but its curious book stores and charity shops are not to be sniffed at.

You can find out more about living in the area by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and also, to discover the best places to live and rent in North West London. Moreover, If there’s a property that you can’t see on HomeViews, you can add a new listing and leave your review here.
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Great location and property

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2020

Close to transportation/park/local amenities.

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The Quarters Kilburn is a clean, well maintained building, and the rooms are a real value for money, and spacious. The onsite staff are friendly and professional. I had a smooth sign-in process & am content with the room allocated to me & my husband.

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Rooms are spacious but they looked bigger in pics.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes, immediately, & found solution to the problem.

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Comfortable and well designed studio

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Review Date Jul 2020

I like that it’s well communicated and with under and over ground stations close along with bus on the front door. I also like the multiple supermarkets up the road ranging from the expensive Sainsbury to the cheap Aldi along with other in-between options. The only thing that is a bit mediocre is the lack of restaurants in the area. Most of them are cheap kebab or fast food places.

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The building is well designed and insulated. You rarely if ever hear other neighbours so you can relax or work from home. I’m on the 3rd floor as well so even though there’s a balcony aimed at the main street, the noise level isn’t a bother unless a police car drives by with the sirens on. The only small issue is I do wish the bathroom was perhaps smaller and the kitchen bigger.

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The smoke alarm is installed right next to the kitchen and it goes off even when toasting bread or cooking something other than pasta.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They’ve tackled them quickly and within the same day of raising the issue.

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Dear guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review.

It’s great to learn that you enjoyed the quietness provided by our insulated suites. Living in a big city like London can be sometimes stressful, so it’s always great to retreat to a quiet and comfortable living space.

I’ve taken onboard your comments on the sizes of the bathroom and kitchen and would love to hear more from you. Would you be so kind as to call me at 0207 952 2397 to discuss it in more details?

Thank you for staying at The Quarters Kilburn.

Warmest regards,

Fantastic place

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Review Date Jul 2020

Lots of restaurants nearby, Starbucks just right beside, and very near to the subway.

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Good management, friendly and helpful staff, excellent location. Big shoutout to Selna who helped me a lot, and very responsive building maintenance people. Room was spacious and clean, and had what I needed. Lots of sunlight in the day and quiet at night for a good night’s rest

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No smoking policy, but neighbor smoking at the balcony. Although I’m a smoker myself, it’s quite annoying as I don’t have a choice but to leave the windows open for air circulation

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

Elevator maintenance can be better, and internet speed faster

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Dear guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this fantastic review.

We’re at The Quarters Kilburn are thrilled to learn about you great living experience. It’s lovely seeing how our effort can create a great living experience for our guests. We’re over the moon!

The team and I are also reviewing your feedback in regards to the lift maintenance, Internet and smoking policy.

Warmest regards,

Comfort amidst a busy world of modernity.

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Review Date Jun 2020

The area is very lively and everything is very close, be it gyms, shops and cafes

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Everything is very modern and clean. The beds are very comfortable and cosy! The facilities are very nice and easily accessible. The manager is lovely and very helpful. Everything is very clean and new. The design is very modern and lovely!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nothing

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The building manager Selina is genuinely the loveliest and most helpful person. She has been great and very helpful through everything.

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Dear guest,

Thank you for your lovely review.

Every member of our management team has been inspired by your comments. We’re pleased to learn that you had such a great stay at The Quarters Kilburn.

Your comments on the building cleanliness, facilities and service are gratifying.

Thank you staying with us.

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