Slap-bang in the middle of Brent, London’s most ethnically diverse borough, is colourful, chaotic Wembley Park. Thanks to its melting pot of cultures, it’s something of a window to the world. Restaurants here span spice-scented tandooris and exotic Middle Eastern eateries, and the high streets are packed with Polish delis, Afro-Caribbean hair salons and oriental health stores. The area is currently undergoing a huge transformation, with new residential developments, shops and eateries arriving all the time.
HomeViewers reviewer says…
“The developers are breathing new life into a previously downtrodden borough!”
Wembley’s stadium & arena
Wembley Park is best known for its superstar duo, Wembley Stadium and The SSE Arena. Both have secured their place in history, hosting iconic concerts like Live Aid, and celebrated sports events, including two Olympics competitions and the World Cup Final in 66. Michael Jackson and Madonna are among the music legends to have sold out crowds here. It’s even welcomed the Head of the Catholic Church – Pope John Paul II delivered open-air mass at the stadium back in 1982, to an 80,000-strong crowd.
Wembley Park retail therapy
Shopping in Wembley Park is a lot of fun. Head to Market Square on a Wednesday for the best street food in the borough – the stalls are topped with spicy curries, pie ‘n’ mash miniatures and supersize pizza slices. The vendors tend to be local regulars, who know the area like the back of their hand, so don’t be afraid to ask for tips. Close by, you’ve got Swedish interiors sensation IKEA, and high street favourites like H&M and Primark. For labels, London Designer Outlet draws visitors from far and wide. Names here include Kurt Geiger, Fiorelli and The North Face, all of which offer up to 70% off RRP. If only a proper mall will do, Brent Cross, the UK’s first ever indoor shopping centre, is just a 15-minute drive away via the North Circular. It’s home to famous department stores like John Lewis and Fenwick.
Wembley’s outdoor space
When you need a breather, head for Brent Reservoir. This peaceful stretch of water is edged by woodland and wild flowers, and offers a superb view of the famous Wembley Arch. It’s a site of Special Scientific Interest, so it’s a great place to explore plants and wildlife. Chargeable activities include sailing and canoeing. Elsewhere, there’s the Fryent Country and King Edward VII parks – a couple of other lovely green spaces.
Top transport links
Despite Wembley Park’s rural creds, there’s no forgetting you’re right near central London with such an easy commute – and that’s the big draw. The Jubilee, Metropolitan and Overground lines can all whisk you into the capital’s heart in less than 20 minutes.
Verdicts from HomeViews reviewers…
“It definitely feels like the area is coming up. There is a new designer outlet by the stadium and they are building a lot of park areas/shops. The new school should start bringing in more cafes etc, too. Also I work in the city so it’s a direct 30 min train to work.”
“Wembley Park is a wonderfully diverse place with something for everyone. Foodies can enjoy cuisines from world-over, bargain-hunters can haggle for knick-knacks at the market, and nature-lovers can find escapism in nearby Fryent Country Park.”