Borough of Brent

Looking to buy a home in London? Then you should definitely consider Brent – one of the most vibrant and diverse boroughs in the city. Situated in northwest London, Brent is well-connected to all other parts of the city and offers plenty of great opportunities for residents. In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at Brent – including its history, areas, universities and top schools. So if you’re thinking about making the move to London, read on!

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Best places to live in Borough of Brent

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Where is Brent?

The London Borough of Brent is found in North-West London. It covers the areas of Church End, Cricklewood, Dollis Hill, Harlesden, Kensal Green and Kenton.

Thanks to its location – just a stone’s throw from Central London – Brent is well connected to all parts of the city by public transport.

The borough shares borders with six other London boroughs: Ealing and Harrow in the northwest; Barnet and Camden in the northeast; Westminster in the southeast; and Hammersmith & Fulham in the southwest.

Areas in Brent

Brent has several neighbourhoods that are popular among homebuyers, including:

Alperton – an industrialised area that is home to a large Indian population and the Grand Union Canal.

Brondesbury Park – An affluent area south of Kensal Green with grand Victorian houses, many of which have been converted into flats. This neighbourhood has good transport links, a high street for shopping needs, local schools and parks for recreational activities.

Dollis Hill – A leafy suburban area near Willesden Green with plenty of green spaces including Gladstone Park (which features tennis courts) and Fryent Country Park (where you can enjoy nature walks). Dollis Hill also has underground access via Jubilee Line at Dollis Hill station.

Kenton – Situated in northwest London on the Watford branch of the Bakerloo Line, Kenton is a suburb with a vibrant high street featuring independent shops and restaurants. It is also home to Horsendon Hill Local Nature Reserve and Barham Park, which makes it ideal for nature lovers.

Kilburn – One of North West London’s most popular neighbourhoods known as ‘Little Ireland’ due to its large Irish community who settled here in the late 1950s. The area features two railway stations (Queen’s Road at Kilburn High Road station; Brondesbury Station on the North London line) along with numerous parks and green spaces such as Priory Park, Mapesbury Dell Playground and Queens Park Gardens.

Neasden – An inner suburb of North West London covering an area of just over three square miles. The residential areas are characterised by spacious Victorian and Edwardian houses with many being converted into flats and bedsits.

Kingsbury – A suburban district in North West London, located on the north-west side of Brent, bordering Middlesex to the west and south-east along with the London Boroughs of Harrow to the south, Barnet to the east and Wembley Park (in Brent) to its immediate north.

Universities in Brent

As a London Borough, Brent does not have any universities of its own. However, there are a number of universities located nearby in other boroughs which students from Brent may attend, including:

The University of Westminster (in the City of Westminster) – Established in 1838, the University of Westminster is the oldest university in London. It has around 26,000 students and is located in the heart of London, close to many of its major attractions.

University College London (UCL) – UCL is one of the world’s leading universities, with around 38,000 students and ranked as the fourth-best university in Europe. It is located in the Bloomsbury area of London.

King’s College London (KCL) – KCL is another world-renowned university, ranked as the sixth-best in Europe and thirteenth in the world. It has around 26,000 students and is located in the borough of Lambeth.

Top Schools in Brent

Brent is home to a number of top-performing schools which have been recognised through various awards and ratings. These include:

The West Bridgford School (rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted) – The school has a strong record of academic achievement, and students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills through participation in the student council.

Latymer Upper School (rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted) – This selective all-girls school is known for its strong academic results, with almost all students gaining entrance to their first choice universities.

Wembley High Technology College (rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted) – The school has a diverse student body, with pupils from more than 40 countries speaking over 35 languages.

Population of Brent

The population of Brent was estimated at 327,000 in 2016, making it the second-most populous London Borough after Tower Hamlets.

 

Reviews in Borough of Brent

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All That Glitters is Not Gold – Pathetic Experience

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Review Date Nov 2022

The Wembley designer outlet is 12 mins away, and the Wembley park tube station is 12 mins away. Accessing them on event days can be very difficult. Many roads are closed on event days, which makes it particularly difficult if there is an emergency. Again on event days, it can get very loud. If you are facing the roads, then loud bikes and cars makes noise as there is a garage.

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The design is really good (that is what lures people into signing up for this absolute mess of a place). Building management and property management are abysmal, to say the least.

1. The internet service is a joke, it’s worse than dial-up. And they changed the service provider with a lot of pomp and glory (all that glitters) only to bring an even worse one (is not gold). And no you cant have your own broadband.

2. It took them 5 months to fix our doorbell. They have a fancy app to record all maintenance issues (all that glitters) but they very conveniently close cases without fixing or contacting you (is not gold).

3. They have fantastic facilities like a rooftop terrace, work-from-home pods, and plant pods – but everything is paid. £50-£100 an hour for some of them. The free gym has very few basic machines for all the buildings.

4. The reception area is stunning, but if Quintain is thinking of cost-cutting then the receptionists can easily be replaced by dolls. No matter what you ask be ready for the most unimaginative and uninspired responses for ” I cannot help you”.

5. The management is the most inhumane customer support team I have experienced – We hate moving and would have ideally extended our stay despite all the problems, but the agent took weeks to respond to our emails, so we couldn’t extend our stay as it was too late, putting immense pressure on us to find a new place in such a short period and challenging rental market.

We nearly lost our booking into a new place, because it took her 23 days to provide a tenant reference (never failed a payment, never had any complaints)

Now that we have moved out, it took us 13 days of chasing to get ONE email about our deposit refund, to which I responded immediately and never heard back. And they want to deduct half of our security deposit for mostly natural wear and tear. Like they want us to pay for painting the whole apartment, and pay £210 for cleaning when we left the place as we found.

THE BIGGEST SCAM EVER

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That we could not get our own broadband, the communal spaces were mainly paid for, and none of the support team ever responds to any of the emails – regarding anything.

Monthly bills are collected at a uniform rate every month which includes the meter reading charge for water, electricity, and pretty much everything, which you would be paying quintain because in a normal place you won’t be paying them.

They try and deduct half of your security deposit. P.S. In my renting experience of 4 places in London, this is the first time someone has suggested charging me for these things.

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

Anything problem was resolved within months. Before that cases were closed without issues being resolved or even being contacted.

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Pretty good overall

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Review Date Nov 2022

Good facilities in the building. There were some faults in the flats such as faulty AC, etc but have been mostly rectified. It is a dog friendly building which is nice to see.

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The building looks great after the renovations. Outdoor area is quite spacious. Inside the ground floor has fantastic area for people to chill and work as well as the coffee place. The consierge staff are mostly good with few exceptions. There’s also a hair salon on site which is good but somewhat expensive.

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Coffee area is surprisingly good for both working and just reading a book. Gym doesn’t get as busy as I thought it would.

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

Fixing the AC took a lot longer than expected, seemed to be an issue across the entire building.

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Friendly community living

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Review Date Oct 2022

Only negative is lack of a high brand shopping store like tesco, Sainsburys etc. The closest one is about a 30 min walk

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Amazing staff and facilities. Very friendly environment as most people living here are young professionals so it’s pretty easy to make new friends around the area. Also a few events organised by the building. Facilities are top notch such as the gym, residence lounge

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Closer stores such as tesco, sainsburys and so on.

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

Pretty slow most times but always resolve the issues

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Lovely place to rent at with all the amenities you need in a well-located area.

Review Date Oct 2022

It’s a great area to live in with all the necessary stores and restaurants in walking distance and it’s unbelievably well-connected to central london

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It’s a very well-laid out apartment with smart appliances and well laid out rooms. The interior design is also well-planned for ideal space management for a family to live in or for a for friends to live in. We also have access to multiple communal spaces to work in, relax in and even invite friends and family over.

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The lack of a microwave was something we missed out on but apart from that we got exactly what we were told.

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

The concierge is very responsive and their response to maintenance requests is almost instant.

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