Kilburn area guide
Kilburn has experienced many changes and today inhabits one of the many pockets of prosperity that typify Zone 2 North West London. The area draws influence and energy from well-heeled neighbours like West Hampstead and Queen’s Park, as it shares similar housing profiles (Victorian conversions, smallish new-build developments) as well as the same access to convenient transport links. Geographically, Kilburn follows the A5 which stretches up from the gothic revival spire of St Augustine’s, through to the Mapesbury conservation area that lies just west of Shoot Up Hill. In between there are eclectic shops, lively pubs and many centres of cultural significance.
Right at the heart of Kilburn is the Kiln Theatre, a venue that has hosted many notable productions, including those of acclaimed writer and local resident – Zadie Smith. It is also home to a boutique cinema, art gallery and bar. Further along, there are architectural reminders of Kilburn’s past reputation as a focus for live music entertainment in the shape of former dance venues, old theatre halls and venerable Irish pubs. Both Marks & Spencer and Primark have major outlets along Kilburn High Road. Kilburn Grange Park is a popular open green space. There is a good selection of state schools nearby and the independent institutions that populate Hampstead are a short drive away.
Two main Tube lines pass through Kilburn. To the north, the Jubilee line runs a direct service to Bond Street (15 mins) and the rest of the West End. In the south, the Bakerloo line fulfils the same function via Oxford Circus. Between these two, the Overground line runs through Brondesbury on its way to various Zone 2 districts. A mainline service connects Kilburn High Road station directly to the main terminus at Euston.