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Queens Park - Close to central but far enough away

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By Gavin Barnes

For those of you who think Queens Park is the home of the soon-to-be relegated football team Queens Park Rangers, you have been lead astray. Sort of.

The team does bear the name of the district it originated in but, unfortunately, you won’t be finding any football clubs here any more. 

But that’s not to say there aren’t other bonuses to this area of northwest London.

Just off the Bakerloo line in the borough of Brent, surrounded by Willesden Green, Kilburn, Kensal Rise and Ladbroke Grove, this quiet district has grown into a pleasant area, popular for young families and those who enjoy a bit of life away from central London.

The high street, which is Salusbury Road, contains a number of restaurants, shops, mini-markets, and pubs.  Not to mention 2012’s Farmer’s Market of the Year, held every Sunday at Salusbury Road Primary School.

Separating Queens Park from its neighbour Kensal Rise is Queens Park itself – a 30 acre plot of land that used to be home to the now-failing football club. 

But let’s not keep dragging on about QPR.

A versatile community space

The park now contains tennis courts, a ‘quiet garden’, a pitch-and-putt, a small petting zoo, and a playground complete with a wicked zip-line that must tempt even the most serious of parents. 

And let’s not forget the café and all of the green, which is perfect for jogging and an afternoon kickabout. 

It’s a great community resource and a wonderful place to relax on the warmer days of the year.

Local resident Gabrielle Roberto has lived here for more than seven years.  He had this to say about the area:

What I like the most about Queens Park is the real sense of community that you find here.  There’s a great selection of restaurants & pubs with great food and very reasonable prices; nice little coffee shops, cocktail bars, and, of course, the park, which is a great space to exercise, take the dog out for a stroll or spend lazy summer weekends with your family and friends.  It’s really a lovely part of London.”

If that little testimony isn’t enough to entice you into a visit then clearly nothing will.

Check out The Alice House, The Salusbury Pub, and Jack’s Café – all within minutes of each other on Salusbury Road. And here,meet the community on the Queen's park forum.