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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Wonderful life at Samuelson House

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Review Date Jul 2024

Transport links are great, parking is bad, there is no visitor parking. Traffic noise is bad, this Charles House on Bridge Road attracts a lot of people, cars and rubbish around the area, the constant gridlock and air pollution isn’t great. There is no range of shops, supermarkets and it’s very frustrating to see other new areas with a built in Tesco and Sainsburys except for Southall. Why isn’t there no convient store ? Why is there no additional bins on the streets for the extra people living here. What’s is the council doing to reduce traffic? Why is there no one way system to stop excessive short cuts and traffic.

Bridge road and Charles House attracts a lot of unwanted behaviour stealing, cars, people who are spitting throwing food containers. This place needs to go.

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When we first moved into the development it was a bit of a mess. But now with the new building management they have been nothing but great with residents and dealing with unwanted issues. Implementing new ideas and suggestions. The building itself starting with the car park, the floor should have been better laid, it’s left in concrete form, shows cracks dust and dirt. There is no visitor parking, I understand this is a green development but we have people visiting you can’t expect every guest to be green. No bays for delivery no bays for doctors and builders. The centre court yard, it has a play area but it’s not fit to play in, it has dangerous corners and because of the building even the siightess noise is an echo causing residents to complain. Then you have the roof top, half of which is taken up by solar panels, why? Not sure, why not have used that area for kids to play, and have the solar panels somewhere at the top.

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The heating system, the neighbours social housing tenants which most of them cause a lot of problems as they are not home owners and are making noise, throwing rubbish out the windows and not caring, had I known that I wouldn’t have moved here.

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Hallway, massive and spacious and the nice laminated flooring.

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Very professional cleaning and reception team

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Review Date Jun 2024

Nice building in the heart of the Outlet, easily accessible , lovely staff, many things to do around

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I like the design very much overall but I have a concern regarding the BBQ terrace, it should have a proper roof because when it’s raining for several days, all the furnitures get wet and can’t stay outside for long, also the terraces could stay open a bit longer on weekdays too.

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I don’t have any of it, I am currently happy with everything

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Well we had miscommunications a few times with the management but usually the welcoming team is doing a great job, Laszlo and Sarah are really kind and helpful, especially in ad hoc issues, they are always approachable, friendly and quite problem-solving persons. I can tell exactly the same about the night team, Andreea and Wahab, with them I feel much safe here.

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AVOID QUINTAIN LIVING AT ALL COSTS

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Review Date Jun 2024

Very dangerous environment, baby gangs break into the building constantly. There is no security and Quintain does not do anything to support Tenants.

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Avoid at all costs. The prices are extortionate and there is the main building door broken since November 2023. We are in June 2024. The building management is non-existent. They don’t answer emails. We had to call the Police as baby gangs were trying to force themselves into the flats last night.

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I wish I had know it’s dangerous and baby gangs steal the packages of the tenants too

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

No, none of the issues we have reported has been sorted.

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Amazing Residents management team

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Review Date May 2024

Existing ones are good but we really need Boots here. I wrote this last year too but nothing happened. It will be great to have Boots in vicinity.

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Everything is good. Few more equipments in gym like bar would be nice. Algae can be cleaned more frequently in podium garden.
Management team is awesome. Gregg and team are great. Maria stands out of all. She is so supportive and helpful. She has helped us through our initial settling in the building and has responded promptly to our security concerns (when raised).

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Everything is transparent and as seen and available online.

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Resident team is very quick and responsive. Maria has been very helpful since day 1 of our moving in.

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