Neasden was once known as the "loneliest village in London", but these days it's filled with professional renters who come for a slice of the northwest London life. This vibrant suburb enjoys close links to Wembley and Willesden and has enjoyed recent revitalisation from the local council.
You can expect a quieter side of life in Neasden, with tree-lined streets and charming period homes making up much of the area. There's also open spaces, local shops and eateries to enjoy.
If you're thinking of making the move to Neasden, you've come to the right place. In our latest London guide, we're unpacking all the essential info on living in the NW2 and NW10 postcodes.
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Neasden is a suburban area of northwest London. It falls under the London Borough of Brent and is covered by the NW2 and NW10 postcodes. The neighbourhood is located around nine miles from Charing Cross.
History of Neasden
In AD 939, the area was recorded as Neasden, a name taken from the old English meaning for Nose Hill. The name refers to a landmark that looks like a, you guessed it, nose.
By 1823, Neasden was made up of six cottages, four larger houses or farms and a public house. Fast-forward a few years to 1850, and the area had a population of about 110 people.
During these times, the primary transport method in London was horses. Therefore, Neasden became a large distributor of horses, thanks to the farms in the area. However, by 1868, the railway made its way to Neasden, and thus urbanisation began.
Who lives there?
Neasden and surrounding areas have a population of just over 22,000. The median age is 33, with 55% of residents renting their home. It attracts a variety of people, from single professionals to families.
Renting in Neasden
Property in Neasden is similar to nearby Harlesden and Willesden Green. There is a selection of period homes from the Victorian era, many of which have been converted into large apartments. There are also properties built in the Twenties and Thirties.
Expect to pay around £1,250 for a one-bedroom property in Neasden, and £1,500 for a two-bedroom apartment. If you're looking for a larger home of three-or-more bedrooms, prices start around £2,000.
Neasden is served by a local tube station which is on the Jubilee Line. There are direct services to Bond Street, which take around half an hour, and to Canary Wharf, which take a little over 30 minutes. Some of the other stops include Wembley Park, West Hampstead, St. John's Wood, Westminster and London Bridge.
Combine tasty food with great music at Studio 5ive. The restaurant is set in the old Fountain Film Studios and hosts exciting new musicians while serving up treats like beef cheek, whole sea bass and smoked aubergine.
New Kingston Jamaican Cuisine
Enjoy the delights of the Caribbean at New Kingston Jamaican Cuisine, where you can indulge in dishes that include Jerk chicken, Plantain, Dumplin and more. They do takeaway too, just in case you fancy a night in front of the TV.
Dollis Hill Fish & Grill
Tuck into traditional fish and chips at Dollis Hill Grill with a range of seafood dishes. There's also grilled burgers and peri peri chicken for when you want to mix it up a little.
Things to do in Neasden
Neasden Recreation Ground
Go on a pleasant stroll at Neasden Recreation Ground and take a moment to get back to nature. Enjoy the Brent Welsh Harp Reservoir and discover the wildlife conservation area in the ground.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is quite the sight to behold. The Hindu temple was built entirely using traditional methods and materials and has been described as being Britain's first authentic Hindu temple.
The home of English football, Wembley Stadium has a capacity of 90,000 and hosts some of the biggest sporting events around. Catch an England game, enjoy some NFL, and go behind the scenes with a Wembley Stadium tour.
Moving to Neasden
Embrace northwest London with a move to Neasden and soak up majestic temples, open spaces and local restaurants. And with great travel connections that get you in the heart of London in just 30 minutes, it's easy to see why Neasden is becoming such an in0-demand neighbourhood.