Despite being sandwiched between lofty neighbouring Hampstead and Maida Vale villages, Kilburn keeps it real. That’s why frequenters can still pop out for a peaceful pint in a down to earth local pub or sample anything from classic curries to Georgian and Persian feasts in dressed down restaurants. Discover international theatre productions or the latest Hollywood blockbusters in community theatre Tricycle, or hunt out the best vintage bargains to rival stock found at Portobello Road when you visit Kilburn’s famous car boot sales.
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Restaurants in Kilburn
Located within the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale, Fratelli is a contemporary Italian restaurant set on two levels. The menu offers a selection of authentic Italian dishes with daily specials, such as chargrilled ribeye steak or seared sea bass, while the open-theatre kitchen specialises in stone-baked pizzas.
Ideally located on St. John's popular Boundary Road, Toresano is a must try for an authentic Spanish dining experience. Known for bringing a taste of home to Spanish ex-pats abroad, this bewitching restaurant offers an amazing array of tapas, perfect paella, and extraodinary entrees. Toresano's flavoursome Steak Antonio and rack of lamb are the stuff that seasoned carnivores thought they could dream of. For those with a sweet tooth, you'll find their Tarta di Santiago, an almond tart, simply divine - but you might be hard pressed to find it served anywhere else outside of Spain. This food is the real deal. A perfect locale for a romantic dinner or special lunch, Toresano brings bona fide Spanish charm to Northwest London.