You can see why Cricklewood is in such high demand. From a conservation area to charming Victorian houses and real sense of community, this North West London neighbourhood has plenty going for it and has caught the eye of renters.
Throw in an award-winning park, artisan coffee shops and a bustling high street, and you have one of the most appealing areas in the north-west postcodes. It's all happening in Cricklewood, with extensive regeneration offering more travel links and a pedestrian-only shopping area.
But what's it really like living in the NW2 postcode? In this London guide, we're exploring Cricklewood to bring you everything there is to know about one of North West London's most exciting neighbourhoods.
On a map
Cricklewood spans the boundaries of three boroughs: Brent to the west, Barnet to the east and Camden to the south-east. Neighbouring areas include Willesden Green, Kilburn and West Hampstead. It's located around five miles from Charing Cross.
History of Cricklewood
A small settlement between the junction of Cricklewood Lane and the Edgware Road was established as Cricklewood in the 14th century, taking its name from a nearby woodland. The name is believed to mean "hill hill wood".
In the late 19th century, Cricklewood train station opened and brought more footfall into the area. This was the start of urbanisation in Cricklewood, with the population increasing significantly in the following years.
Who lives there?
Cricklewood has a population of around 65,000 and a median age of 34. Around 72% of residents rent their home, making Cricklewood a trendy area with renters.
Renting in Cricklewood
Expect to find a range of homes in Cricklewood, including many delightful Victorian properties. Some of these homes have been converted into flats, while others remain as full houses. In fact, there are streets of detached and semi-detached homes filled with Victorian, Edwardian and Twenties and Thirties properties.
There's a smattering of new homes, too, including The Broadway. It comprises 101 flats and is located on Cricklewood Lane. Development is also underway at the former Galtymore dance hall, which will become brand new homes.
Expect to pay around £1,250 per month for a one-bedroom in Cricklewood, £1,700 per month for a two-bedroom apartment, and £2,200 per month for a three-bedroom house.
Cricklewood station is on the Thameslink with services to St Pancras, Farringdon, City Thameslink and Blackfriars. And while there's no tube station in the area, many residents make use of Dollis Hill, Willesden Green and Kilburn underground stations on the Jubilee Line.
Head to Spasso to enjoy a range of dishes at an Italian restaurant and bar with mouth-watering Neapolitan cuisine. Great food and wine await.
The Beaten Docket
A local favourite, The Beaten Docket could just be your next regular haunt. From classic pub grub to top-notch ales, this Weatherspoon pub is one of the best in Cricklewood.
One of the highlights of Cricklewood's food scene, Asmak Albasha offers authentic Iraqi cuisine with a speciality in fish. Sample the quzi dishes or go for the delicious sea bass.
Things to do in Cricklewood
The Kiln Theatre
A local theatre in Kilburn, this venue also features a cinema. First opened in 1980, The Klin Theatre has been a staple of the local community for more than thirty years.
Brent Cross Shopping Centre
You'll find Brent Cross Shopping Centre just a hop and skip away from Cricklewood. It has all your retail needs, from an Apple store to Fenwick, where you'll find the latest designer clothing.
Enjoy some fresh air at Gladstone Park, a Green-flag awarded open space with a cafe, walled flower garden and Holocaust memorial. If you fancy a pleasant stroll, Gladstone Park is the place to be.
Moving to Cricklewood
With a strong sense of community and excellent housing options that are more affordable than nearby West Hampstead, it's easy to see why Cricklewood is in such high demand. Moving to Cricklewood means experience London life in a neighbourhood where you'll always feel more than welcome.