A neighbourhood full of history, culture and buzz, Kilburn has defined itself as one of the most popular areas to live in North London – and it's more affordable than neighbouring Hampstead and Maida Vale.
It's essentially a giant high road alive with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, mixed in with residential streets just off the main thoroughfare. So, pretty much like most London neighbourhoods, except Kilburn's high road really is very long.
In this London guide, we're discovering what it's like living in Kilburn. From the area's history to things to see and do, here's everything you need to know about living in Kilburn.
On a map
Kilburn is located in northwest London and spans the boundaries of two boroughs: Camden to the East and Brent to the West. It comprises Kilburn and West Kilburn, and neighbouring areas include West Hampstead, Hampstead, Maida Vale and Swiss Cottage. It's located around 3.5 miles from Charing Cross.
History of Kilburn
Kilburn was originally an ancient trackway, acting as a route between Cambridge and St Albans. The route was then paved under Roman rule and became known as Watling Street during Anglo-Saxon times.
The name Kilburn didn't appear until 1134, when it was recorded as Cuneburna and referred to a priory built on the site of the cell of a hermit known as Godwyn.
In the 19th century, the Kilburn stretch of Watling Street was renamed Edgware Road, and the area became more popular with inns and farmhouses. The Kilburn you see today began to develop throughout the 19th century.
Who lives there?
Kilburn has a population of around 66,000 and a median age of 34. Traditionally, there is a large Irish population in the area, one of the largest in London. Kilburn was identified in the London Plan as one of the 35 major centres of London.
Renting in Kilburn
Young professionals flock to Kilburn, thanks to its vibrant atmosphere and good travel connections. There's a large supply of one and two-bedroom apartment, most of which have been converted from Victorian buildings.
You will also find a smattering of new builds in the area, including Park Place, a 45-apartment building behind Kilburn High Road with a residents gym. The Camden Collective is another new build and was constructed by Camden Council for private use.
Expect to pay around £1,350 per month for a one-bedroom home in Kilburn, £1,700 per month for a two-bedroom apartment, and £2,500 per month for a three-bedroom house.
Two tube stations serve Kilburn: Kilburn on the Jubilee Line and Kilburn Park on the Bakerloo Line. There are also two Overground stations – Brondesbury and Kilburn High Road. Residents in Kilburn benefit from direct links to Bond Street, Canary Wharf, Stratford, Euston and Watford Junction. Kilburn is located in travel Zone 2.
X Burger House
Sample a burger like no other at X Burger House, a Brazilian restaurant with a vast selection of patties and traditional desserts from Brazil. Then wash them down with a milkshake or two.
Tuck into a nice selection of tapas and pizzas at Zero 75. This relatively new restaurant only opened its doors in 2018, but it's since gone on to be a hit with the locals.
Eat-in or take away your food at Spicy Basil, a Thai restaurant serving a range of authentic dishes from Thailand. Enjoy home-cooked meals in a cosy setting right in the heart of Kilburn.
Things to do in Kilburn
You'll find Hampstead Heath just a short journey from Kilburn. It spans 790 acres of open space and has swimming ponds, local wildlife and rolling meadows to explore.
First opened in 1980, the Klin Theatre has served the local community for 40-plus years. You can watch a wide range of plays reflecting the cultural diversity in the area.
Find your zen in Kilburn with a visit to Yogaloft, a yoga and pilates studio with a range of classes. Whether you're a beginner or pro, there's a class waiting for you at Yogaloft.
Moving to Kilburn
As one of northwest London's liveliest areas, it's easy to see why so many people are moving to Kilburn. Excellent travel links, fantastic restaurants and a strong sense of local community all combine to make the NW6 postcode a certified London hotspot.