Brent Borough Guide

Your All In London guide to Brent

Not one of the greenest of London's boroughs but ironically known largely for a small patch of green turf in Wembley; the new stadium with its iconic arch lie at the cultural heart of the area. The next most well-known landmark in the borough is the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Neasden Temple) which is symbolic of the large Hindu population in the area; over half of the population in Brent defines itself as non white-british.


Brent is a densely populated multi-cultural, outer-london borough which has the highest number of people from different backgrounds in England. It is one of only two areas in the country where the majority of the population are from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) background. Brent’s social profile reflects a young, family-friendly population. The borough is home to a significant share of knowledge workers generating above-average income and prosperity by national standards. However, this wealth is moderated by the borough’s wider socioeconomic conditions, including high levels of deprivation in parts.

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Must see attractions in Brent

Brent Cross Shopping Centre

Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Hendon NW4 3FP
Fryent Country Park

Fryent Way, Kingsbury N9
The SSE Arena, Wembley

Empire Way, Wembley HA9 0WS
Neasden Temple (BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir)

105-119 Brentfield Road NW10 8LD

Regions & Neighbourhoods in Brent

Alperton
Alperton is a reasonably small suburb located in the London Borough of Brent in North West London. In reality, Alperton has one large road that dominates the entire region. Ealing Road runs from one e...
Cricklewood
Originally, part of the Borough of Hendon, Cricklewood is now part of the London Borough of Brent, with a small part located in Camden. Although a settlement existed on what is now Cricklewood Roa...
Harlesden
It wasn’t until the 1950s, 60s and 70s that Harlesden began to take shape in the way that we are used to seeing it in modern times. Now fully integrated as part of the London Borough of Brent, Harle...
Kilburn
Bordering the Boroughs of Camden and Brent, the name Kilburn means ‘church by the stream’ and has become an influential region in North West London. The Roman Empire created one of the main roads ...
Neasden
Until the arrival of the railway in the late 19th century, Neasden had a population of a little more than 100 people. The name Neasden is derived from old English for ‘Nose Hill’, which relates to...
Willesden
Derived from the name ‘Willesdune’ which means ‘The Hill of the Spring’, Willesden as a district, has a history of settlements dating back as early as 939 AD. Situated in the London Boroug...
Brent Park
Brent Park is roughly situated between Neasden and Stonebridge Park, and is somewhat incongruously home to both the spectacular BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir aka Neasden Temple, and an IKEA store, the...
Colindale
In the 19th century, Colindale became an important hub for industrial activity thanks to cheap land prices and easy access thanks to the newly built railways, however when the tube opened in 1924 comp...
Burnt Oak
One stop south from Edgware you will find Burnt Oak, home to a Saturday market and car-boot sale as well as numerous shops along the high street. It is a predominantly residential area however, its na...
Kingsbury
This leafy suburb in north west London is now a densely populated residential area, however it didn’t really start to develop till after World War I. Due to its proximity to Hendon and its aerodrome...
North Wembley
While Wembley is known around the country thanks to Wembley Stadium and the Wembley Arena, its northernmost tip is rather less glorious, with crime rates above the national average and little to do in...
East Finchley
This north London suburb borders Highgate and Hampstead, therefore its location lends it a somewhat more cosmopolitan air than the other Finchleys, North, West and Central. Most notably, it is home to...
Willesden Green
Willesden Green is one of the UK’s most ethnically diverse areas, with large Afro-Caribbean and Asian communities, as well as a considerable Irish population. The area was once very industrial, wit...
Kenton
Do you remember the scene in Fawlty Towers were Basil loses his rag (ok, there are plenty) and begins to batter his red car with a branch? It was filmed in Kenton, no less, and while that is not to su...
Wembley
Home to Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena, this suburb in north west London has traditionally been considered deprived, however the arrival of the aforementioned landmarks along with a number of new r...

Neighbouring Boroughs

City of Westminster
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Ealing
The third largest of London's boroughs with a population of 300,000 and the 4th most ethnically diverse borough in the country in terms of sheer numbers, Ealing is said to be one of the prettiest of W...
Hammersmith and Fulham
Hammersmith and Fulham is a small Borough in the west of inner London split by the busy routes of the A4 and A40 which pass thorugh its heart. The borough can't be generalised as it really is a comple...
Kensington and Chelsea
Kensington & Chelsea lies to the west of the City Centre and recently became the first area nationally where the average household income has topped £100,000 according to research undertaken by Barcl...
Barnet
Lying on the outer edge of north London, Barnet is the second largest of London's boroughs and has a relatively diverse population and landscape. To the north it benefits from large swathes of country...
Camden
Camden is the life and sole of any party; a massive alternative music, cultural and theatre scene runs alongside the mainstream. This area is stereotyped as the hippy, grungy, left-leaning area, but w...
Harrow
The Borough of Harrow lies to the north-western outer ring of Greater London bordering on the next county of Hertfordshire. It is an incredibly diverse area with over 40% of it's population coming fro...

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