Kensal Rise Area Guide
Kensal Rise is an area in north-west London located on the southern boundary of the London Borough of Brent and forms the southern part of Harlesden. The surrounding areas are Willesden to the north, Brondesbury and Queens Park to the east and Ladbroke Grove and White City to the south.
Kensal Rise is one of the most hip-and-happening postcodes of London, located close to central, Kensal Rise is somewhat confusingly interchangeable with Kensal Green. The boundaries between these areas are vague and change depending on whom you’re asking.
Kensal Rise is in a prime location, sitting next to the City of Westminster and surrounded by areas including Notting Hill, Maida Vale, Paddington and Kensington. One of the main reasons why it's such a popular area to live in is the great transport links. Kensal Rise station provides connections through to Richmond and Clapham while Kensal Green tube station is on the Bakerloo line and a 20 minute journey from Oxford Circus.
There are plenty of bus services and, for those feeling a little more athletic, there's a bike path running along the canal from Kensal Rise to Paddington.
Lexi Cinema: The website states that the Lexi Cinema is “the UK’s first social enterprise independent boutique digital cinema.” That’s quite a mouthful and a fantastic example of social enterprise. One hundred per cent of the profits made are donated to charity and the cinema is run by volunteers. You can also see live theatre, opera and there’s an exhibition space. Plus you can hire out the venue for special events.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir: For a piece of architectural splendour and something just a little bit different, pay a visit to Europe’s first traditional Hindu temple. This outstanding building is open to everyone and you can discover the intricate carved details of the temple and learn more about the Hindu faith. There is also an authentic Indian restaurant serving vegetarian cuisine.