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 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 Brent

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A lovely, cosmopolitan place to live

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Review Date Jul 2022

The area has a wide array of restaurants, entertainment spaces and shops thanks to the London Designer Outlet, Boxpark Wembley and more. Transport links are fantastic with local buses and Wembley Park tube station just a few minutes away, getting you to Central London in less than 20 minutes.

The street can be quite noisy at times with regeneration and development in the immediate area, but this will only be a benefit for residents once completed.

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The development is beautifully designed and gives a feeling of luxury as you approach it. The building manager is fantastic in communicating with us via a notice board in the building. Problems are acknowledged promptly and dealt with as soon as possible.

Occasionally there is rubbish/litter on the street/in the garden but this is more to do with attendees of events at the Stadium than anything else.

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I wish I had known more about where meters i.e gas and electric were in the building, and that I would need the building manager to open the cupboard for these as they aren’t accessible to a tenant individually. This caused some minor hiccups initially with meter readings.

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I raised an issue with our front door that was resolved in a timely fashion.

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Great Place To Live

Review Date Jun 2022

I really liked the resident drop in session because I got a lot of information from Natalia. I am happy with the area and the building too.

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The design of the building is modern and fresh, the facilities are modern. The area is very convenient and I love the balcony in my property. I am excited about new developments coming from Quintain Living and I have been recommended by a friend. Very happy overall.

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Everything is great. Move in was seamless and I’m satisfied.

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They have responded quickly on the spot when I asked for information.

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Good transport links. Modern interior. Ugly exterior. Hard to get repairs sorted.

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Review Date Jun 2022

Not too many shops nearby, but there is a Lidl and a big ASDA within walking distance, as well as the outlet shopping centre. Wembley central is about 30mins walk away which has a few other things like TK Maxx and Primark. Transport links are pretty good with Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. Tube station is a few mins walk away. Quite a lot of noise from traffic and students outside.

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Fairly nice, modern design in the interior. The exterior is not that nice with beige metal paneling. Property management is not the best – have had several minor and a few moderate severity issues and it’s very slow to get a response and especially to get any repairs done. Outdoor landscaping is kept relatively tidy.

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Road, construction and students are noisy. Flat is extremely dark – hardly any sun gets in.

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Often very slow to respond to messages. Frequently having to chase up previous communications. A few fixes but a lot of things also just never resolved.

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Move in today!

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Review Date Jun 2022

Wembley Park has a wide range of shops and services that make living in it so enjoyable. I find the area to be very safe and the area is well maintained.

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My experience of living in Alameda has been excellent. The apartments are of high quality and well equipped. The facilities are great, with dedicated workspaces which means you don’t have to stay in your apartment and feel isolated. This was especially important during Covid. Also, there is a rooftop cinema that regularly hosts movie nights, along with a spin studio. I also have to mention all the staff in Alameda, who are always friendly and hard working.

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There is nothing I had wished I’d known before moving in. From the initial enquiry to the day of moving in, I found everything to be well managed.

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The building management team are very efficient and quick to respond to issues. The Quintain Living App makes communication very easy.

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Manager Response

Hi Craig S,

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback.

It is always incredibly gratifying to find our residents are enjoying their home and time with us here in Wembley Park.

We are always striving to improve our service and have even more great events planned for the coming year for you to enjoy.

As always, if you ever have any queries or need assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Kind regards,

Farouk

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