In north west London, Kilburn sits with its main thoroughfare as the A5 road, forming part of the boundary between Brent and Camden. A busy and multicultural district that has been identified in the London Plan as one of the 35 major centres of Greater London, there are several landmarks in the neighbourhood and a good split of residential and commercial areas.
Kilburn’s down-to-earth character and positive community spirit makes it attractive to a wide range of people and has a surprisingly rich history through the ages.
We have several homestay accommodation options in Kilburn as part of our portfolio of host families. Read on for the full location guide, and then if you like the sound of this neighbourhood, you can get in touch to discuss what’s available for your stay in the capital.
Where is Kilburn located?
Kilburn is a neighbourhood in north west London, just under four miles north of Charing Cross. Situated in postcode region NW6, the are is split between the Boroughs of Brent and Camden with a small section sitting in W9, as part of the City of Westminster. Despite the large surface area, less than 40,000 people live in Kilburn; as there’s a good degree of both residential and commercial properties here.
Dollis Hill and Child’s Hill sit to the north of Kilburn, Fortune Green and West Hampstead to the east, West Kilburn and St John’s Wood to the south, and Willesden Green and Kendal Green to the west.
What’s the typical accommodation type in Kilburn?
Property throughout Kilburn is varied. In the north of the neighbourhood, Edwardian detached, and semi-detached homes prevail on the streets, but elsewhere you’ll see the traditional two and three-storey Victorian townhouses so common in the capital. There are some extra-large detached Edwardian houses around green spaces and conservation areas, but these are rarer.
Now, there are more flats than houses in Kilburn, and these dominate the property market as they have a much higher sales and rental turnaround than family homes. There are some new-build estates and developments because of recent regeneration investment in the district.
How safe is Kilburn?
Kilburn is a bustling neighbourhood all the time and safety comes in numbers, as you’ll rarely find yourself alone. Crime levels are mainly petty, and with so many transport options both day and night, there’s lots of safe ways to get around the area without walking on your own. There’s such a mix of people around that you will always find someone approachable should you feel the need to.
What type of people live in Kilburn?
Kilburn is a veritable melting pot of cultures, ethnicities and religions. What used to be a very Irish area is now primarily Caribbean and Afro-Caribbean, although you’ll still find almost 13% of the population here were born in Ireland. St Patrick’s Day and Caribbean festival celebrations in the neighbourhood are always worth attending! Exact demographics of the community in Kilburn are difficult to obtain because of its split across Boroughs, but there’s also large Cockney, African and Asian groups living here. The area attracts families and expats rather than young professionals or the middle classes.
Notable residents of Kilburn include Lily Allen, Annie Mac, Kate Moss, Cillian Murphy, Daisy Ridley, Bradley Wiggins… and once upon a time, George Orwell!
What transport links does Kilburn offer?
Kilburn’s accessibility to the rest of the capital is fantastic, with plentiful Overground and Underground links.
Kilburn station sits on the Jubilee line between Willesden Green and West Hampstead, and Kilburn Park on the Bakerloo line between Queen’s Park and Maida Vale; both within Travelcard Zone 2. Brondesbury and Kilburn High Road both service the London Overground.
London buses function day and night throughout the neighbourhood, connecting Kilburn to Victoria, Marble Arch and Oxford Circus.
Kilburn is a little bit too far out of the city centre for Santander Cycle docking stations, but you’ll find these in nearby St John’s Wood, and there’s lots of private transport options.
What is there to do in Kilburn?
The diversity of Kilburn’s population is reflected in its many independent shops, restaurants and cafes. Despite the neighbourhood being primarily residential, there’s still plenty to do in and around it.
Practice your puzzle skills at Mind The Game
Escape rooms are a growing trend in the UK, and Mind The Game is a unique experience in the heart of Kilburn. Specifically designed for couples and small teams up to 5 people, you’re locked into a room with a puzzle to solve to get the key and ‘escape’ within the hour time frame. Book online in advance for a memorable afternoon or evening.
Rock and Roll around the capital
The classic rock and roll tour of London, this Kilburn-based tour will show you around the city in a 1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow! Over 40 important pop and rock-based sites will be pointed out around your drive, in a seriously stylish glide through London. It makes for an interesting afternoon and some great photography opportunities!
Homestay in Kilburn
If you are an international student, intern or professional looking for homestay (“host family”) accommodation in Kilburn or close by, we would love to hear from you. Similarly, if you have a spare room in your Kilburn home and are interested in hosting international students, please do get in touch with us.