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Kensal Rise Guide

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Kensal Rise Guide

Are you young, hip, intelligent or just down right cool? Then join the likes of Sienna Millar, Daniel Craig, Lily Allen and Sophie Dahl in Kensal Rise, one of the most hip-and-happ ...

Are you young, hip, intelligent or just down right cool? Then join the likes of Sienna Millar, Daniel Craig, Lily Allen and Sophie Dahl in Kensal Rise, one of the most hip-and-happening postcodes of London. Located close to central London, Kensal Rise is somewhat confusingly interchangeable with Kensal Green. The boundaries between these areas are vague and change depending on whom you’re asking. To avoid confusion and for the sake of simplicity, we’re defining all of these areas as “Kensal Rise”. Now that that’s sorted, let’s see what Kensal Rise has to offer.

On a Map

Kensal Rise is in the London Borough of Brent.

Who Lives in Kensal Rise?

Vogue once named Chamberlayne Road in Kensal Rise as “the hippest street in Europe” thanks to the shops, restaurants, bars and cafés located here and the beautiful trendy folk who frequent them. Few other places in the world get this sort of celebrity attention. And if it’s celebrity-status isn’t enough to convince you to move here, surveys and censuses have shown that the inhabitants of Kensal Rise are younger and smarter than the average Londoner.
Image credit: Mazzali

Image credit: Mazzali

Location and Transport

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.

Kensal Rise Property

The cost of renting and buying a property in Kensal Rise is on the increase. It’s believed that people who were previously looking to purchase homes in Notting Hill have seen greater potential and value for money in Kensal Rise. According to Homes & Property, the cost to buy a 2,500 square foot renovated home in Kensal Rise has leapt up from £570,000 in 2002 to over £2 million in 2014. Rental properties in Kensal Rise are larger than your average in London, with over 50% having three or four bedrooms. The fantastic services located in the area make this a great area for young families, including four primary schools, plenty of parks and gardens and local recreational facilities. In 2015, the average monthly rental price for a two bedroom apartment in Kensal Rise was £1,950.
Living room with a hardwood floor

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Kensal Rise Restaurants and Bars

Here are a few of our favourite restaurants, bars and cafés in and around Kensal Rise.

The Chamberlayne

This gastro pub has steak at its heart; its prime beef sourced from Smithfield market and grilled to perfection. This is a meat-lover’s dream with an extensive range of steaks including a 500g t-bone and 750g côte de boeuf. The Chamberlayne also specialises in whiskey – the perfect digestive after your meal. Cosy and relaxed, the Chamberlayne is the perfect local pub.
Address: 83 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3ND
Phone: 0208 960 4311
The Chamberlayne

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The Island

You won’t find Gilligan here but you will find good times, great beer and a fun and friendly atmosphere. The Island is a great local, family friendly pub that offers seasonal ales and a monthly changing menu. On sunny days you can sit outside on the terrace, and when the weather turns cold head inside to the snug.
Address: 123 College Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 5HA
Phone: 0208 960 0693

Minkie’s Deli

This Kensal Rise hub is where all of the cool and trendy head to for their morning caffeine fix. Owner and head chef, Doron Atzmon has become a local celebrity in his own right, and offers a tasty selection of salads, sandwiches, hot meals and sweets reflecting what is in season. The coffee here is a great and the triple choc brownies are even better.
Address: ‘Glasshouse’
 Chamberlayne Road, 
London
, NW10 5RQ
Phone: 0208 969 2182
Minki's Deli

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Behesht

Experience Iranian cuisine and hospitality at this unique restaurant. A mouth-watering range of grilled meats, stews, salads and rice flavoured with the aromatic herbs and spices of Iran. The restaurant is decorated with traditional Persian textiles, tiles and glass, transporting you East while you eat your meal. The restaurant is large but they recommend booking in advance as it’s very popular, particularly on weekends.
Address: 1082-1086, Harrow Road, Kensal Green, NW10 5NL
Phone: 020 8964 4477

Paradise By Way of Kensal Green

With the motto of ‘Home of the restless and the eclectic’ it is little wonder why Paradise attracts the most beautiful people of Kensal Rise. A glorious restaurant/bar/pub serving some of London’s finest food and best ales. It’s a great place for a night out, especially if you want dinner first. All the rooms have a fun and unique feel so it’s the perfect location to hire a room for a special occasion (trust us, it’s a showstopper). Come for Sunday lunch or dinner on a Saturday then stay late to make the most of the famously talented in house DJ’s. At weekends this place comes alive with live music, DJs and cult film nights during the week.
Address: 19 Kilburn Lane, 
London,
 W10 4AE
Phone: 0208 969 0098

Lisboa Pâtisserie

Let your taste buds transport you to the sunshine and warmth of Lisbon at Lisboa Pâtisserie. Get here early to grab some of their famous pastel de nata – these custard tarts fly out the door as soon as they’re taken out of the oven. You can also purchase a strong Portuguese espresso and you may as well try one of the many other delicious sweet delights on offer.
Address: 57 Golborne Road,
London,
W10 5NR
Phone: 0208 968 5242

The Shop

For the speakeasy vibe and the sense you’re in New York, The Shop is a chic yet rough-round-the-edges cocktail bar serving jam-jar drinks and some easy listening beats. The local hipsters who haven’t yet migrated love this place and we do, too.
Address: 75 Chamberlayne Road, NW10 3ND
Phone: 020 8969 9399
The Shop

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Kensal Rise Shops

Brooks Butchers

Hankering for a nice cut of meat? Go no further than Brooks Butchers who offer the highest quality produce available. Forget supermarket meat trays – this is the real deal and you will taste the difference. They don’t just sell steaks – you can get game, poultry, sausages, pork, lamb, ox… if it was once an animal, they will most likely prepare it for you. All produce is free range and 100% delicious.
Address: 91 Chamberlayne Road, London, NW10 3ND
Phone: 0208 964 5678

Scarlet and Violet

Now that you have the steak for that romantic dinner for two, why not buy a bunch of perfectly arranged flowers for the centre of the table? Expertly crafted, you will never see flower arranging like this in any other florist. They have been selling flowers for over 14 years and can create floral masterpieces to suit your specific needs.
Address: 76 Chamberlayne Road, London, NW10 3JJ
Phone: 0208 969 9446
 
Scarlet and Violet Flowers in Kensal Rise

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Things to do in Kensal Rise

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.
Address: 194b Chamberlayne Road, London NW10 3JU
Phone: (Box Office) 0871 704 2069
 

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.
Address: 105-119 Brentfield Road, Neasden, London NW10 8LD
Phone: 0208 965 2651
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

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As content manager for Movebubble, it’s my job to be an expert on renting and London. Being a writer (Journalism BA Bournemouth University) with a passion for food and the arts, I definitely have my dream job! I love exploring the city and researching the latest information and news to bring to our readers. I love getting recommendations from readers on their favourite spots in London so if you have one, let us know in the comments!

Comments ( 18 )

  1. ReplyEesh
    Love this!
    • Carly Klineberg
      Thanks for your comment Eesh! :)
  2. ReplyArun Kumar
    Loved here for 10 years now and have watched the area evolve and grow...you've summed up some of the great places but there's so much more to why this is one of the best areas in London to live & love!
    • Jess Davies
      Hey Arun, glad to hear we managed to cover some of your favourite places. We're always keen to hear where the locals hang out - do you have any suggestions on other places we should go in Kensal Rise?
  3. ReplyDana Lazarus-Cass
    Watch out Kensal Rise - here we come. Anyone know of a space I could set up a small gallery in? If I can attack it to a studio - all the better! Bet the neighbourhood could use one. What do you think? I'm moving there in 5 weeks - you've been warned!
  4. ReplyRachael Newberry
    The Parlour, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, is fantastic. £1 toast and jam every morning. Cow pie a speciality. On Regent St, just behind The Paradise. And Comptoir Mezze on Station Road, corner of Dagmar Gardens. Delicious, fresh hummus, tabbouleh, chicken wings, halloumi. Reasonably priced, BYO.
    • Carly Klineberg
      Thanks for your comment Rachael, they sound awesome! :)
  5. Replyvalerie hermitage
    I lived in Kensal Rise for 27 years of my life and it was the best place to live and grow up in.
  6. Replyaunty
    Yes, well and truly gentrified now isn't it.... Let's all celebrate the squeezing out of locals and the over the top housing prices. More of London lost to white rich middle class folk, what ho.
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hi there Aunty and thank you for your comment. We're not celebrating squeezing out the locals so sorry if it seemed like we were. What we're trying to celebrate is the community of Kensal Rise and the great businesses in the area.
  7. ReplyGeorge DeSalva
    This is nonsense, Kensal Rise is vile. Dirty still rundown in parts, Teco Metro, Chicken Cottage and an undertakers are hardly hip and happening. The schools are mostly poor and there is a high crime rate. Especially burglary. It's not a young area it's full of middle aged hipsters trying to reclaim their youth and clinging anxiously together. I couldn't wait to leave
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey George, thanks for your comment. I really like Kensal Rise. It's not great in some areas, but unless you can afford to live in more expensive parts of London then there will always be some streets that are not as nice as others. You've got some great places in Kensal Rise, as outlined in the article, but not everyone will agree, so thank you for telling us your views!
  8. ReplyTurban
    Hi there, Great to hear about Kensal Rise. Although Parlour THE most fab gastro place to eat and hang out on Regent Street in Kensal Rise/Green should have got a clear mention! My favourite place to be: a mix of cool and collected people with some glam happy faces. All like it cool but low profile. The Chef's Table is a fantastic experience fun and takes you back to your childhood days! Also for great unusual gifts and cards try Rise and new sister Chine on Chamberlayne Rd for more grown up stuff. Try and see!
    • Freddie fforde
      Thanks Turban! Nothing like local users giving other renters tips on your favourite places.
  9. ReplyJaska
    Hello everyone ! i just moved to the area couple of days ago, i was wandering around and loved it here.. i already feel home.
    • Freddie fforde
      Great! Welcome to your new home!
  10. Replyduckie
    Gentrification hot spot for sure as you see walking around the area . The area is a hive of activity with large terraced victorian and edwardian houses being refurbished in all the surrounding streets especially around Burrows rd and Ashburnham rd by professional building teams for the younger thirty something families for city living within a family friendly area with Nottinghill on the school run doorstep for the yummy mummy set firmly established in the area with their four by four range rovers. Chamberlain road could do with better paving and street scaping of pavements to spruce the area and shops up to attract new customers. We are still awaiting a Waitrose local which is badly needed.This area is tipped to grow and not far from the new crossrail station at Paddington where flats start at 1 million for a 1 bedroom apartment.Leafy tree lined streets with a community friendly feel is a winner and new community run library on bathurst rd due to open.
  11. ReplyVic
    The only thing I will point out is that whilst it is possible to cycle along most towpaths by canals, these are not a cycle paths. Pedestrians always have priority on the towpath and they are not generally well kept enough or wide enough to be used as cycle lanes. If you must use them to cycle on, go very slowly, always use a bell, and be the one to keep out of the way of pedestrians and boaters.

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