A Taste of Queen's Park
If you’re looking for a neighbourhood with a real family focus then you needn’t look much further than Queen’s Park.
Its Victorian villas and terraces teem with family life; bicycles and buggies in the hallways, flyers from the PTA on the doormats, carpools in the streets and uniformed children on micro scooters careering down the pavements.
At the centre of this young and vibrant community is, of course, the park. It's playground and city farm bring the sound of children’s laughter year round, while its cafe brings shelter and caffeine for parents. There are tennis courts and a pitch-and-putt for a spot of sporting relief. In September Queen’s Park Day brings everyone together to celebrate with music, street food and more. In May the Queen’s Park Book Festival attracts a literary crowd to listen to national and international authors.
In summer months there’s an outdoor cinema, but movie-goers can treat themselves year round at the nearby Lexi. This beautiful independent movie theatre also hosts a variety of private and community events.
The weekly farmer's market at Salusbury Primary School is another regular hot spot with its huge variety of fresh produce.
On Salusbury Road, you’ll also find a range of boutiques and restaurants. Gail’s is hugely popular, with the smell of fresh baked bread drawing the crowds and Dark Habit Coffee serving up a morning caffeine hit.
The Alice House, The Falcon and Paradise by Way of Kensal Green are local drinkers’ favourites, all serving fine food into the bargain. There’s a wide range of international cuisine from Turkish Shish Mangal to any number of family-friendly Italian eateries, with Ostuni standing out.
Queens Park station provides decent transport links thanks to its connections to London Overground and Bakerloo underground lines and its proximity to Kensal Rise and Brondesbury Park open up even more options.
It’s easy to see why young families find Queen’s Park so appealing.
Queen's Park Highlights
- Queen’s Park Day for family fun
- The weekly farmers’ market for foodies
- The Lexi for big screen entertainment
- Dark Habit for a coffee hit
- The Alice House for gastropub grub