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Kilburn area guide

Discover Kilburn's buzzing neighbourhood restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs

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Sandwiched between lofty and affluent Hampstead and Maida Vale, Kilburn is London at its most real. The area, which used to be known as ‘Music Mile’ because of the multitude of gig venues and pubs offering live music, has retained its character, becoming another hub of for London's incredibly diverse and multi-cultural communities. 

If it's the arts you're after, you'll find the Kiln Theatre (formerly the Tricycle community theatre). For restaurants, there's everything from haute cuisine to fish and chips, the latter of which is fried in matzo or matzo and egg instead of the usual batter. You won't be short on pubs and bars, too, and if you're after some greenery nearby Hampstead Heath or Queen's Park are just a short walk away. Then you've got the best vintage bargains to rival stock found at Portobello Road when you visit Kilburn’s famous car boot sales.

As Kilburn proves, there really is nothing wrong with keeping it real. Nothing wrong at all.

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Things to do in Kilburn

Kiln Theatre
Theatre

Kiln Theatre

A vibrant one-stop-shop for culture in north London with a bar, kitchen, cinema and a theatre (obvs). 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Kingsgate Workshops
Art

Kingsgate Workshops

Sidle up to the pros in this creative set of studios, where regular workshops and exhibitions are held. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars

Bars and pubs in Kilburn

Prince Alfred & Formosa Dining Rooms
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Prince Alfred & Formosa Dining Rooms

A lovely Victorian pub, complete with spectacularly intricate carved woodwork and a no nonsense approach.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Roebuck
Bars and pubs

Roebuck

A nice boozer with a spacious paved garden, popular quiz nights and Sunday lunches. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
3 out of 5 stars
Salusbury
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Salusbury

A long-running local gastro-pub with a special emphasis on seasonal British cuisine. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
3 out of 5 stars
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Bobby Fitzpatrick
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Bobby Fitzpatrick

A ’70s-themed cocktail bar in West Hampstead that takes nostalgia to new levels. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants in Kilburn

Nautilus
Restaurants

Nautilus

  A no-frills fish and chip shop where matzo or matzo and egg is favoured instead of batter.   

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Ariana II
Restaurants

Ariana II

The London outpost of a New York favourite, offering up Afghan food with an Arab-Indian twist. 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Ham
Restaurants

Ham

The arrival of this modern British restaurant has transformed West End Lane in NW6 into a culinary destination.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Mandalay Golden Myanmar
Restaurants

Mandalay Golden Myanmar

Mandalay features home-style and welcoming e service, and cooking that accurately reflects the staples of Bamar food. 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Hotels near Kilburn

London Marriott Maida Vale

London Marriott Maida Vale

Located in the leafy Maida Vale neighbourhood, this modern hotel is 6 minutes’ walk from Kilburn Park Tube Statio.

The Warrington Hotel

The Warrington Hotel

A Victorian pub and hotel in the heart of London's Maida Vale, with a restaurant and free WiFi access. 

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London Marriott Hotel Regents Park

London Marriott Hotel Regents Park

The London Marriott Hotel Regents Park is 250 metres from Swiss Cottage Tube Station.

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Clayton Crown Hotel London

Clayton Crown Hotel London

.Clayton Crown Hotel London offers stylish and spacious rooms, including contemporary suites.

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The perfect weekend in Kilburn

Browse: West End Lane Books
Shopping

Browse: West End Lane Books

Independent bookshop selling a wide range of new release titles. Also hosts after-hours readings from time to time

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Explore: Paddington Old Cemetery
Attractions

Explore: Paddington Old Cemetery

A beautiful and calm space, even if there are graves all around. There's also a bee yard producing Tombstones Honey.

Eat: Ariana II
Restaurants

Eat: Ariana II

A neighbourhood favourite, a Saturday night spent having supper here would not be a waste. 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Watch: Kiln Theatre
Theatre

Watch: Kiln Theatre

Whether you pop in for a drink, grab a bite to eat, catch a play or watch a film, end your weekend here. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars