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As a neighborhood, Kilburn represents everything Londoners are proud of – enriching multiculturalism, a banging music scene and a rich historic past.

It may have its roots firmly grounded in Roman times but Kilburn High Road has its sights set on the here and now. Once an area with strong Irish connections, it now boasts a truly multicultural feel with elements of Brazilian and Polish culture shining through. Its thriving music scene, character-filled bars, independent grocers and affordable fashion shops make it a must for anyone who has an eye for a bargain or wants to discover the real London. With high street giants, such as Marks and Spencer’s and Primark, nestling alongside local grocers, pound shops, and fashion outlets, Kilburn High Road is the perfect place to make a winning purchase without blowing your budget. 

Kilburn’s vibrant communities are reflected in the diverse range of eating options available in the area. From English pub grub and Turkish takeaway to tasty Thai and traditional Italian eateries, the choices are bountiful. After dinner, go and see a show at the Tricycle Theatre, for a variety of non-mainstream performances – there is even an art-house cinema!

Over the last few years, Kilburn has steadily been building an underground reputation as one of the best places in London to hear live music. With both established and smaller venues like the Good Ship, an evening spent here could see you stumbling across the next big thing.

The West Hampstead Life blog post “Rock on the High Road: Kilburn's music then and now” has much more on the area's booming music scene.