North West London Local Information: 10 top things to know... more

  • 1. History

    The earliest known settlement in the North West London area dates back to the Mesolithic age around 7000BC. For centuries the area was heavily forested until the Saxons built their city to the west of the Roman city of Londinium. The 1086 Domesday Survey recorded that the residents of the North West London area mainly lived in small hamlets where they ploughed their land and ...Read morekept animals. In 1547 there were only six houses in the village of Wemba Lea, the area that we now know as Wembley. A mill was built on Wembley Hill by 1673 and by 1837 North West London was linked to Birmingham with the West Coast Main Line. The area around what is now Wembley Stadium was the location for the British Empire Exhibition of 1924-1925. Read less

  • 2. Now

    North West London is a culturally diverse and bustling area of the capital city and includes popular areas Camden, Queen’s Park, Wembley and Primrose Hill. Many of these neighbourhoods are fashionable areas to live in and visit.

  • 3. Events

    Camden Crawl takes place every early May Bay Holiday over a two-mile stretch of venues and historic pubs in Camden. The weekend-long festival plays host to hundreds of acts ranging from live music to comedy, storytelling, independent film screenings and fringe theatre. Queen’s Park Day is a popular free community event that happens every September at Queen’s Park in North ...Read moreWest London. The fun-filled day includes competitions and live music performances on the bandstand. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    London Zoo, the world’s oldest scientific zoo, is in North West London. London Zoo is one of Britain’s top attractions and is home to an amazing 750 different species of animals including lions, camels, giraffes, meerkats, monkeys, tigers and penguins. The zoo is divided into different areas which include Butterfly Paradise, Gorilla Kingdom and Penguin Beach, which has Engl...Read moreand’s biggest penguin pool. Penguin Beach has underwater windows so that you can watch the birds swimming. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Camden in North West London is famous for several large markets that sell an incredible range of clothes, jewellery, books, accessories and much more. The markets in Camden include Camden Lock market, Buck street market, Camden Lock village, Stables market and an indoor market in the Electric Ballroom. There are no chain stores in Camden market so you will always be able to fin...Read mored something unique and different there. Read less

  • 6. Business

    North West London once had an extensive manufacturing industry but most of the factories closed in the 1980s. The main industries in the area now are retail and tourism. Camden markets are so popular that Camden town tube station is only open to incoming passengers on Sunday afternoons.

  • 7. Transport

    North West London has links to the rest of London with the city’s extensive bus and underground network. The rest of the UK can be easily accessed from London by train and the nearest airport to the North West area of London is Heathrow airport. Heathrow is the UK’s busiest airport and the third biggest airport in the world. It has frequent flights to a great number of coun...Read moretries around the world. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment

    Camden has a reputation for offering a great deal of alternative theatre and musical performances at venues such as KOKO and the Roundhouse Theatre. The Roundhouse Theatre is a converted locomotive engine roundhouse that has been renovated and now acts as a popular theatre and music venue. KOKO is a rock and dance music venue on Camden High Street that has seen performances fro...Read morem many celebrated artists. The World’s End pub in Camden Road has been open since 1778 and is one of the most famous pubs in London. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    Wembley Arena in North West London was built in 2003-2007 at a cost of £827 million. The arena was designed by architects Foster + Partners and Populous and has a sliding roof so that it can be used in all weather. It has a capacity of 90,000.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Famous Victorian writer Charles Dickens once lived in Camden and so did some of his characters including Bob Cratchit's family in A Christmas Carol and the Micawbers in David Copperfield.

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