Kensal Rise in northwest London is an area on the up; full of Victorian and Edwardian houses similar to neighbouring West Hampstead, Maida Vale and North Kensington but offering far better value, it also boasts a vibrant independent culture. If you are looking to buy in Kensal Rise one-bedroom flats start from £400,000 and houses from £1,000,000. Renting in the area starts from around £1,200 per month.
The fantastic period properties on offer aren’t the only things drawing people to Kensal Rise, here are our top five reasons to rent or buy in the area.
1. Buzzy, independent shops, bars & restaurants
Kensal Rise is just bursting with excellent bars and restaurants; if you are looking for a great meal then the Chamberlayne pub with its Smithfield Market sourced beef would be perfect for you. Or there is Parlour Kensal which is open from 10am and serves superb quality grub and the best Brazilian coffee before lunch! If on the other hand you are looking for somewhere a little more exciting and eccentric then Paradise By Way of Kensal Green with its eclectic décor is where you want to be headed, hosting live music during the week and in house DJs to dance the night away at the weekend as well as great drinks and an enticing menu.
If browsing antiques shops is more your thing then head to Chamberlayne Road, the hub of Kensal Rise, where you’ll find Howie and Belle, Niche and Circus. Then there is the wonderful florist to the stars Scarlet and Violet run by Vic Brotherson when you need to spoil yourself or someone you love!
2. Kensal Green Cemetery
Kensal Green Cemetery is a marvellous place to visit and was inspired by the Cimetière du Père Lachaise in Paris, the world’s most visited cemetery. Spanning 72 acres, which includes two conservation areas, the cemetery is home to a wonderful array of birds and other wildlife. The Cemetery is mostly gothic in character and plays host to various memorials from large mausoleums to smaller graves. Kensal Green cemetery is the final resting place of many notable people including Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Anthony Trollope, Charles Babbage and the children of King George III. Rock legend Freddy Mercury was cremated here as well as actress Ingrid Bergman.
3. Transport Links
Kensal Rise has great transport links covering most of London. Kensal Rise Overground Station (Zone 2) offers connections to Clapham Junction in the south, Richmond in the west and Stratford to the east. Kensal Green Station (Zone 2) offers mainline services to Euston or Bakerloo line into Oxford Circus and the West End. There are also numerous bus services running throughout the area. For those who prefer a more peaceful commute the canal provides an alternative to public transport for those going towards Paddington and features a cycle lane. It is only a 10 minute drive to the M40 and the M1 for those escaping to the country.
4. Local Schools
Kensal Rise has plenty to offer families with some fantastic schools in the area including ARK Franklin Primary Academy which replaces Kensal Rise Primary, Princess Frederica Church of England Primary School and Manor School. Excellent secondary schools including St Augustines Church of England High School, Queens Park Community school and St Georges Catholic school are only a short distance away. All of these schools were scored good to outstanding on recent Ofsted reports.
5. Famous Residents
In 2009 Vogue branded Chamberlayne Road in Kensal Rise as the ‘Hippest Street in Europe’ and the area’s cool factor has been increasing ever since! The area has attracted a bevy of famous faces including actresses Thandie Newton and Sienna Miller, singers Paloma Faith and Lily Allen, model Sophie Dahl and author Zadie Smith to name a few. With such talented neighbours who wouldn’t want to live here?
Associate Director – Sales, North Kensington
18 June 2015