How to get there? Willesden Green and Dollis Hill stations are on the Jubilee line, 10-15mn to Baker Street and Bond Stret, 35mn to the City (by changing for the Metropolitan line at Finchley Road); 30mn to Canary Wharf; and 10mn to Wembley Park.
What does it look like? This is a residential area, with quite charming and very British Victorian houses in Willesden Green and Edwardian houses in Dollis Hill; and less charming 1930’s houses in the middle.
Dollis Hill faces the beautiful Gladstone Park, which is huge and has rugby, football, basket and tennis courts.
Who lives there? Mostly young English families, who have moved from more central areas to get more space when they had children. There is a very friendly atmosphere and people help each other.
Where to shop and eat? Shops are a bit further away, towards Walm Lane or High Road – a 5mn drive or 10mn walk. There you can find a large Sainsbury’s with a free car park; and various useful other services (chemist, bank, post office, dry cleaner). In the area there are also a few local restaurants (gastropub, Thaï, Spanish…). Sushi Say is an amazing Japanese restaurant well worth a visit.
What to do ? You can find nearly all sports in Gladstone Park : www.gladstonepark.org.uk/facilities. Nuffield Brondesbury Park is a local gym club with a swimming pool and a spa: www.nuffieldhealth.com/gyms/brondesbury-park. Willesden Sport Center is a larger sports centre with even more choice : www.1life.co.uk/london-borough-of-brent/willesden-sports-centre/home. Willesden Library is brand new and very large; and offers activities for children under 3 (free during the week): www.brent.gov.uk/your-council/the-library-at-willesden-green.
PS: a big thanks to Valentina for her major contribution to this post!