From a small settlement in 1321, Cricklewood transformed into an industrial and commercial centre by the 20th century. One of the major landmarks is The Crown; in the 1750s it was just a coach house, but cottages began to appear in the 1800s, and the area became known for its ‘pleasure gardens.’ The Crown was rebuilt in 1860 and is now Grade II Listed, and known today as the Clayton Crown Hotel. In recent years the area has seen improvements to its infrastructure, plus the creation of new homes, thanks to the £1.65 million awarded to the area in 2012 by the Mayor of London’s office.
Many Victorian terraces remain in Cricklewood, and these are joined by some impressive Edwardian homes. You can also find properties converted into flats, together with contemporary purpose-built apartment buildings, and let’s not forget the lovely properties from the 1930s. If you would like more information on the types of property available in Cricklewood, contact a member of our team.
Opened in 1976, the Brent Cross Shopping Centre is home to many major brands, with two of its largest stores being John Lewis and Fenwicks. You will find everything from fashion to technology, food and drink to banks, and even Amazon lockers allowing you to collect your online orders at any time.
Specialising in Ethiopian cuisine and cultural food, the Abyssinia Ethiopian restaurant offers a wealth of dishes, including vegetarian and vegan dishes, all of which are gluten-free. A short distance away you will discover Sanzio, feeding people “Italian food with an innovative twist”. Established by Maria Sundrica, whose dishes are inspired by her grandmother and her home on the Adriatic Sea.
If you head towards Hampstead you will come across The Freud Museum. The property was the place that Sigmund Freud and his family called home after they escaped Austria in 1938 following the Nazi annexation. The study is filled with a remarkable collection of antiquities, and is preserved just as it would have been during his lifetime.
Gladstone Park became a public park at the beginning of the 20th century and is home to a children's playground, café, art gallery, terraced garden and areas of abundant wildlife. It is a wonderful place to work, rest and play.
Golders Green Tube station on the Northern Line is the nearest for the residents of Cricklewood, but a short distance away you will find Willesden Green and Kilburn, both on the Jubilee Line. There are a number of bus routes serving the area, including bus numbers 16, 22, 189, 226, 245, 260, 266, 316, 332, 460, C11 and N16.
BAYSIXTY6 is an all-weather skate park for all ages; it offers a Skate Academy with beginners’ sessions, one-to-one tuition and even a Skate Camp in school holidays. If you like the outdoors then just a short distance away you will find Kensington Memorial Park, complete with children’s playground, football, tennis and junior cricket courts. There are a range of good schools in the area, including Our Lady of Grace RC Infant and Nursery School, the Convent of Jesus and Mary RC Infant School, Emmanuel Church of England Primary School, and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Junior School, which all received an ‘Outstanding’ rating in their most recent Ofsted reports.