Getting to know Cricklewood

Cricklewood of north- west London sits between three of the London Boroughs. The Zone 3 area is surrounded by Camden to the south-east, Brent to the west and Barnet to the north-east. Originally a rural hamlet before becoming urbanised in the 1980’s, many of the houses in Cricklewood are period properties spanning the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The majority of the area’s amenities are centered around the bustling Cricklewood Broadway (otherwise known as Edgeware Road) and boasts an abundance of local cafés, unique eateries and independent boutiques that cater for a wide mix of cultures, with a real focus on its Irish connections, most notably the Clayton Crown Hotel, previously known as the Crown Pub.

The traditional Irish pub has become a local landmark and is still one of the largest drinking establishments in Greater London. Other local attractions include The Mapesbury Dell (a small garden park kept by the Mapesbury Residents Association for its green beauty), Gladstone Park (a 35-hectare greenery that surrounds the north-western edge of the Cricklewood that boasts a children’s playground, café, pond, art gallery and a selection of sports courts), Cricklewood Baptist Church (known for its outstanding Italian Byzantine style and representative of the substantial Catholic population within the area) and the Cricklewood Pumping Station (most famously used as a double for the engine rooms in the film Titanic). There is a real sense of community within the Cricklewood area supported by a number of local associations- NorthWestTwo, Groves Residents and Railway Cottages to name a few, alongside local projects Creative Cricklewood and The Clitterhouse Farm Project, both set up to promote culture and creativity amongst its residents. Cricklewood station provides easy transport links to St Pancras International, Farringdon and Luton Airport but the Jubilee line can also be reached via two other nearby stations within just a short 15-minute walk.

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