London - Kilburn
Situated along a stretch of the roman Watling Street, that makes up the local Edgware Road, Kilburn is a busy, diverse area of Nowthwest London. Northern Kilburn encompasses the smaller area of Brondesbury. Kilburn spans the boroughs of Brent and Camden.
Kilburn is bordered by the following areas:
- West Hampstead (to the east)
- Maida Vale (to the south)
- St. John's Wood (to the east)
- Willesden (to the northwest)
- Cricklewood (to the north)
- Ladbroke Grove (to the southwest)
Being surrounded by generally wealthier areas, Kilburn is a mixture of influences. Historically, it was a focus point for Irish immigrants (at some point it was even referred to as "County Kilburn"), and although there are few remaining in Kilburn, their influence is felt in the naming and styling of some of Kilburn's cafe's and pubs.
The community is currently very diverse both ethnically and socially with a mix of wealthy and poor streets.
Crime in Kilburn reflects its location within a global city and is generally isolated. There are few random attacks or muggings. Nevertheless, as with all large cities it is advised to be alert and to take sensible precautions such as being careful about walking alone at night.
Kilburn is home to some renowned cultural institutions:
- The Tricycle theatre (especially popular for independent and political productions, it is also attached to a small cinema)
- The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
- Small & Beautiful (Italian? Restaurant) - Bohemian décor (hardly any chairs match!), small menu but extremely good quality and value. About £10-12/person ex wine.
- Angeles (Chinese Eatery) - Eatery format, satisfactory selection, all you can eat, takeaway also available. About £15/person ex wine.
- Nando's (South African Chicken Restaurant) - Chain, just like any other Nando's, delicious! Peri peri chicken chicken! About £15/person ex wine.
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