A Pocket Guide to Queen’s Park, London

Wed, 19 February 2020

Everything you need to know about north-west London’s urban village

Queen’s Park is a cosy patch of London skirting trendy Kensal Green and its ritzier neighbour, Notting Hill. Home to a flavourful dining scene – from A-grade, Aussie-style brunch spots to a wholesome Sunday farmers’ market that draws in the W11 crowd – and luxurious design showrooms (think Matthew Williamson, Eyeko and bridal favourite, Charlie Brear), notable residents of the area include former British Vogue editor Alexandra Schulman and party-planning doyenne Fiona Leahy. Of a weekend, ride the Bakerloo line to explore the tree-lined neighbourhood in all its glory.

TO EAT

Milk Beach

Named after the eponymous Sydney beach, this Aussie-inspired pit stop is one of QP’s sunniest spots. Sourcing organic and natural wines from independent winemakers, the café and wine bar is decked out with whitewashed interiors and populated with potted fig trees and terrazzo countertops to conjure a suitably beachy feel. Brunch is served all day, 8am–4pm, with toothsome offerings including banana bread topped with espresso cream cheese, and coddled eggs with sweet potato purée and sourdough soldiers. Come evening, the menu flips to sharing plates – selecting standouts would require us to quote the entire menu but, if pushed, the beef cheek pappardelle and the pan-fried romanesco broccoli with almond hummus and de puy lentils are real winners. When it comes to wine, have wine guy Sebastian Chennells guide you.

  • +44 20 8144 8277 
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  • 19 Lonsdale Road
    Queen's Park
    NW6 6RA

Ida

Home-cooked Italian food is served up six days a week at Ida’s, a family-run restaurant positioned on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Kilburn Lane. Owned and run by husband and wife, Avi and Simonetta, who hail from Le Marche and Tuscany respectively, the duo treats customers as though they’re guests in their home. Walls are crammed with Fellini quotes, lacework, tin signs, holiday snaps and other la dolce vita paraphernalia (and a projection screen for their semi-regular movie nights), creating a kitsch, cosy vibe. Regulars are loyal to their tables – we’re fans of table five – and rave about Ida’s simple pasta dishes, which are made fresh every day and rolled entirely by hand. Note: with a neighbourhood-strong following booking ahead (via email) is essential.

  • +44 20 8969 9853 
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  • 222A Kilburn Lane
    Queen's Park
    W10 4AT

Michiko Sushino

Originally from Osaka, Japanese fashion designer Michiko Koshino settled in the UK in the early 80s. Today, in addition to helming her fashion line, Michicko also runs Michiko Sushino, a traditional Japanese restaurant and coffee bar on Salusbury Road. Serving authentic sushi in a relaxed and understated dining room, the vibe is easy-going, with a focus on conversation and good food. Dishes are prepared with the utmost precision – the chirashi and donburi (an Osakan staple) are among the best in London. A great take-out option, order from the full menu for a hoard of dinner guests.

  • +44 20 7604 3455 
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  • 74 Salusbury Road
    Queen's Park
    NW6 6NU

TO DRINK

Wolfpack

Founded by ex-professional rugby players Alistair Hargreaves and Chris Wyles, Wolfpack knows a thing or two about craft lager, having its roots in its own brew created using “bold Bavarian methods reined in by sweet melon and a snarl of pepper”. The bar, transformed from an ageing garage on Lonsdale Road, serves up exceptional pints in a setting of exposed bricks and bulbs, and leather seats and wooden tables, with a commanding wolf mural overseeing affairs. Adding to the scene is a cohort of rugby players and lager lovers. Come for a pint – the rugby will most likely be on – and if things are crowded inside, seating spills out onto the street.

  • +44 20 7624 1263
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  • 53 Lonsdale Road
    Queen's Park
    NW6 6RA

TO SHOP

The Salusbury Winestore

This neighbourhood staple is an independent wine merchant and deli from the same team behind Salusbury Food Store and The Salusbury pub – all lined in a row along Salusbury Road. Our favourite triplet, Salusbury Winestore carefully chooses suppliers and produce, and staff are passionate and knowledgeable. Pick up everything from artisan chocolate to Italian produce and luxe, hard-to-find ingredients. Perfect for stocking up ahead of a picnic in Queen’s Park.

  • +44 20 7372 6664
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  • 54 Salusbury Road
    Queens Park
    NW6 6NN

Charlie Brear

Designed and handmade in London, Charlie Brear is the contemporary bridal and eveningwear label for those in the know, and the studio in Queen’s Park – which is also the brand’s flagship store – is where designs are cultivated and ideas seeded. Scour through rails of fluid silhouettes and clean-line designs with delicately placed detailing to get a sense of Brear’s shapes. The showroom and working studio, set within a beautifully restored Victorian coach house, is designed by Emma Rees Design, so it’s likely you’ll linger here a while. First appointments are charged at £20.

  • +44 20 7907 7710
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  • 35 Lonsdale Road
    Queen's Park
    NW6 6RA

Scarlet & Violet

Scarlet & Violet opened in 2006, and rapidly established itself as one of the most in-demand florists in town, bunching up informal bouquets in founder Vic Brotherson’s trademark relaxed, country garden style. Stocking mostly English-grown flowers, the shop bursts with blooms and retro vases. And for those keen to green their fingers, it also offers intimate flower-arranging workshops (up to six people per intake).

  • +44 20 8969 9446 
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  • 76 Chamberlayne Road
    Queen's Park
    Nw10 3JJ

TO DO

The Hearth

Founded by Samira Siddique and Oi Leng Lui, The Hearth is a light-filled mews that serves as a female-centred co-working space – think chic surrounds and workspaces that flirt with functional design – as well as a place to relax, decompress and learn. The comfy evening lounge hosts a vibrant array of events – the resident knitting circle, Knitting with Nikki, is among The Hearth’s most popular. And if you’re not a member, you can still sign up for events for as little as £5.

Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market

A school playground transforms into a standout farmers’ market on Sundays from 10am–2pm, with merchants purveying treats, sausage rolls and quality fruit and veg. Most are cash only, so the closest ATM (located by Sainsbury’s, a one-minute walk away) often comes with a snaking queue.

  • +44 20 7833 0338
  • Salusbury Primary School
    Salusbury Road
    Queen's Park
    NW6 6RG

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