Neasden Area Guide
Neasden is a quiet suburban neighbourhood in North West London that is on the brink of exciting new developments, and it is this combination that makes Neasden one of the best places to buy a home in London.
Located in the London Borough of Brent, roughly 7.5 miles north-west of Charing Cross, with properties here either part of the NW10 or NW2 postcodes. Neighbouring areas include Willesden to the south, Wembley to the west and Dollis Hill to the east.
Meaning ‘Nose Hill’ in Old English, Neasden was a sparsely populated hamlet with few properties, earning the nickname ‘the loneliest village in London’. However, with the introduction of the Metropolitan Railway and increased car ownership, Neasden isn’t so ‘lonely’ anymore, yet it still remains a peaceful residential part of London. Thanks to its abundance of spacious homes, the area is a popular place for families to live, with the neighbourhood providing a gentler pace of life that is often hard to find in the Capital. Overall, Neasden is well positioned to allow residents quick access to central London whilst also providing a suburban feel, being well enough connected to major roads to escape to the country too. Such convenient transport links have seen Neasden become home to a couple of London ‘firsts’ including the first McDonald’s drive-through in 1986 and the first IKEA store in 1988.
As well as housing and travel in Neasden, the neighbourhood is close to many great leisure facilities and amenities that also contributes to making it a great place to live. A benefit of its suburban location is the proximity to lots of green spaces, particularly Gladstone Park. A real family-favourite, Gladstone Park features 86 acres of pleasant parkland with two playgrounds, free tennis courts and a cute café with beautiful views of London. A short drive away (and continuing with the outdoors theme) is Brent Reservoir: a picturesque location for peaceful walks, even featuring its own sailing club!
As well as a strong community feel, Neasden is also home to larger retail destinations. Close by is Brent Cross Shopping Centre, ‘North West London’s premier shopping destination’, which includes brands such as the Apple Store, John Lewis and Marks and Spencer’s.
If you’re a sports enthusiast, Neasden enjoys Wembley Stadium on its doorstep, which is home to world-class sporting and entertainment events. The nearby Wembley regeneration scheme has also encouraged improvements to and investments in the area, and there is a profound sense of optimism amongst locals. This positive mood shows no signs of disappearing, with Neasden next in line to benefit from exciting development projects.