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About Kilburn

Overview

Surrounded by some of northwest London's more upmarket districts, Kilburn is a trendy part of the capital, full of fun and character.


About Kilburn

Kilburn is an area in northwest London based around the Kilburn High Road, a section of the A5 not far from the road’s origins at the corner of Hyde Park. Visitors to our serviced apartments in Kilburn will find themselves well placed in Travelcard Zone 2, with two underground stations and one overground railway station to choose from.

Kilburn is a trendy area, close to affluent districts like Maida Vale, St John’s Wood and West Hampstead, yet with slightly more affordable rents. Access to the A5, which runs northwest all the way out of London and was once part of the ancient Roman road to Dover, also makes Kilburn an ideal spot. The approximate 12,000 population benefit from these geographical aspects and visitors to the area can too when staying in Kilburn aparthotels.

HISTORY

The origins of Kilburn are still debated to this day. Popular opinion would suggest the area was named after the Saxon named ‘Cylla’ and grew from its beginnings on the famed Roman Watling Street. First records of Kilburn refer to the area as the priory of ‘Cuneburna’. The Kilburn Priory was an Augustinian community founded in the mid-twentieth century, before being dissolved by Henry VIII in 1536.

Kilburn was also renowned for being a place for medicinal waters when it was fashionable to take it in the eighteenth century. A well of chalybeate waters was discovered near the popular pub, the Bell Inn in 1714 which helped the area compete in popularity with nearby prominent areas such as Hampstead. The wells soon declined though, and the later decades left the area unfulfilled. The Kilburn High Road still remains though and represents much of the history of the area. Those staying in Kilburn corporate accommodation along the High Road can appreciate how far the area has come and what the future holds.

BUSINESS IN KILBURN

Kilburn benefits from having the typical characteristics of a London district, without the high price tag. The area also has a unique cultural diversity, which encourages the start-up of any business type. Ambitious entrepreneurs thrive here as a result, with many running micro businesses, particularly in the creative, media, IT and professional services fields. At the heart of business change and support is the ‘South Kilburn regeneration zone’ and its recently refurbished Granville Building. The building acts as a new enterprise hub, also working alongside a community strategy to create a thriving, sustainable environment for business progression.

Ongoing developments are set to allow locals and visiting corporates the opportunity to have a business hub on their doorstep for the first time.  Of course, as previously mentioned, Kilburn’s transport infrastructure is also practical, making it easy for corporates relocating or briefly visiting the area for business. Whether visitors opt to stay in Kilburn short term accommodation or extended stay apartments, the opportunity to benefit from a promising business climate is always available.

ATTRACTIONS

Being a little less ‘upmarket’ often makes an area more vibrant, and this is very much the case in Kilburn. The area has an eclectic mix of shops, some great restaurants with a decent music scene as well. Kilburn also has some interesting listed buildings, including St. Augustine's, a gothic church sometimes termed 'the Cathedral of North London', and what was once an art deco cinema on the High Road itself. Our Kilburn serviced apartments offer a secure, flexible space in which you can enjoy this part of London. We also have apartments conveniently a short walk from both underground stations – Kilburn on the Jubilee Line, and Kilburn Park on the Bakerloo Line.

It is arguably the food & drink establishments which best represent the character and culture of Kilburn. Visitors can venture from the comfort of their own Kilburn furnished housing and visit the many small niche pubs nearby, such as The Black Lion or Kilburn Ironworks along the High Road. Other small drinking spots make the High Road a good place for nightlife, unlike anywhere else in London. Particularly popular amongst locals is The Tricycle Theatre. Just opposite the Kilburn Grange Park and down the road from the Black Lion pub, this theatre is renowned for showing outstanding, original productions, as well as many cinema shows. The options for an evening out in Kilburn are countless, ensuring any trip here does not go unfulfilled.

Despite seemingly limited borders and home to one of the quieter reputations of the London districts, Kilburn oozes unique character and has all the credentials to be a great place for business. Guests staying in Kilburn corporate housing have every opportunity to reap the benefits of the newly enforced economic strategy, as well as enjoy the cultural exclusiveness of the district. 

Transport

Heathrow Airport (LHR)

The closest airport to Kilburn is London Heathrow, the world’s second busiest by annual international passenger traffic. Heathrow can be accessed either via the on-site train and underground stations, as well as via a forty-five-minute car journey.

Alternatively, trips to-and-from Kilburn can be facilitated by London City Airport (LCY), which is no further than an hour drive away.

By Metro

Kilburn is also well-facilitated with underground stations, enabling easy transport across London tube stations. Underground services run from Kilburn Park and Kilburn Station, along the Bakerloo and Jubilee lines respectively.

By Train

The area of Kilburn benefits from a range of railway stations within its close vicinity. Surrounding train stations include Kilburn High Road, Queen’s Park, Brondesbury, and Brondesbury Park. All are no further than a ten-minute car journey from Kilburn’s town centre.

Alternatives, just on the outskirts of Kilburn include West Hampstead, South Hampstead and Kensal Rise.

Kilburn High Road Bus Station

Kilburn High Road Bus station is the hub for all bus services in Kilburn. There are at least thirteen bus routes, day and night, that pass through this station.

Passengers can travel by bus to the following surrounding areas; Golders Green, West Hampstead, Camden Town, West End, Kensington, Chelsea, Ladbroke Grove, Willesden, Harlesden, Cricklewood, Wembley Park and Edgware.

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