What’s happened this fortnight 9th September 2018

The big news this week is that, after 2 years of refurbishment, the Kiln (formerly Tricycle) theatre has reopened! Love or hate the new name (The Guardian did an opinion piece on it here), we’re glad to have such an amazing cultural venue available on our doorstep. We saw Holy Sh!t on opening night and thought it was excellent and recommend you attend.

Once upon a time, when Kilburn was the music mile, the Smiths recorded their first album at the National Ballroom in Kilburn.

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What’s happened this week 1st July 2018

Today was Wild Day at the Mapesbury Dell. It was nice to see so many locals turn up with their kids to see Safari Pete, the petting zoo and enjoy a drink and BBQ.

There were also many reports that the Queens Park Book Festival was a great success in this weekend’s sunny weather.

Tuesday the 3rd, is the next Kilburn Neighbourhood Plan Forum members’ meeting. Turn up to have your say on the future of Kilburn.

On the same day at 7pm is the BRAT NW6 meeting, everyone is welcome to attend. Might be of interest since a representative of the Kiln (Tricycle) will be there.

Need a creative outlet? There is a FREE creative workshop every Monday at SHELL centre

What was living in Kilburn like back in the 1900’s? This replica dolls house at the V&A museum of childhood shows you.

New burger restaurant Funky Burgoo is opening soon and recruiting for staff

Damas Gardens will soon become a  restaurant called Maderos. We have heard it will become a Mexican restaurant but we’ll have to wait and see.

And not only are Charcoal Grill expanding next door but they’re applying for an alcohol license

The Black Lion is now offering Tapas again.

It has been confirmed that Vince Power is bringing back live music to Kilburn. WillVan Morrison appear? They have in the past as this is the act traditionally opening all of his venues.

If you have a child aged 6+ check out the FREE creative classes available for young people at the Granville

The hut in Grange Park turned into a Pop Up art studio this week. The Friends of Grange Park are organising a festival in Grange Park on 8th July from 12pm to 7pm.

If you like basketball there’s a 5 a side weekly game happening. Free for south Kilburn residents or if you’re an LBA member.

A new billboard in adorning the Kingsgate Workshops, and a new exhibition started this week.

There still isn’t any action by Brent Council to clean up the murals under the bridge near Kilburn tube station which is very disappointing as this mural highlights Kilburn’s historical importance.

Also on the theme of items not happening. Brent Council published that the Kilburn High Road would be closed from the 20th July for 90 days for major resurfacing work. And then tweeted that the information was incorrect. So we will have to put up with the potholes in the road for longer instead. Both residents and businesses are rather upset at the lack of action from Brent Council to make the road safe and reinstate line painting. Weekend work will however happen to do anti skid works south of Willesden Lane.

Another lovely then vs now picture comparison of the Kilburn High Road. This time at the bottom end.

It was sad to see that emergency services were called to nearby West Hampstead tube station on Friday. Reports were that a man suffered serious head injuries and was rushed to the hospital.

Regular Events

Sunday nights at 7pm are quiz nights at the North London Tavern.

Monday Nights are comedy/show nights at the North London Tavern.

Tuesday Nights are quiz nights at the Black Lion Kilburn- not this week because of football.

Thursday nights are Open Mic nights at the North London Tavern

Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights have an in house DJ at the Brondes Age pub

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9pm, Live Irish Music at Sir Colin Campbell.

Friday nights – live music at the North London Tavern from 7pm and Karaoke nights at the Cock Tavern from 9PM

Saturday from 11am to 1pm Gardening in the St Cuthberts garden

Saturday – retro evenings at the North London Tavern from 9pm

The first Wednesday of every month there is a board game night at the Alliance pub on Mill lane in nearby West Hampstead

The first Sunday of every month is gardening at the Kilburn Tube station 11am – 1pm. No tap in required, just tell the tube staff you’re there to garden

What is happening this week

3rd July- BRAT meeting with the presence of a representative of the Tricycle (KILN).

4th July – American 4th July celebration at the West Hampstead library

7th & 8th July. 12-5pm – Jester festival at Fortune Green in West Hampstead

8th July -12-7pm Mini Festival at Grange Park

What is happening a bit later

13th July at 7pm- Irish music and poetry at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Quex Rd, Kilburn, London NW6 4PS Free entry – donations gratefully accepted

14th July from 7pm  – Park Life Singers Choir in Mapesbury Dell. A jolly evening of wine and song.

18th July- Live screening of Juliet and Her Romeo at the Kiln (Tricycle) Cinema.

21st July 3-6pm  Restart Party at Kingsgate Community Centre. Save your electronics and electrical gadgets!

21st July – The West Hampstead Hockey Club is having an open day if you’re considering playing or getting back into hockey

28th July 3-5pm  – there is a pizza and pasta cooking course at Quartieri

If you have news, an event, some local history or just a favourite corner of Kilburn you’d like to share please email us news@lifeinkilburn.com or tweet to @lifeinkilburn.


What’s happened this week 17th June 2018

The big news this week is that the planning application for the demolition of the Good Ship and converting it into flats with a D1 use business on the ground floor has been refused!! Let’s hope we can retain a licensed venue in this location for locals and visitors to Kilburn to enjoy. Thanks to all who took the time to object.

There is a new flower seller next to Sainsbury’s local

Please take 30 seconds to vote for an amazing local charity,  the Abbey Community Centre, to be Sainsbury’s Kilburn High Rd’s Local Charity of the Year. Just follow the instructions here.

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Kilburn’s Best Restaurants & Cafes

Living in Kilburn means you have food choices from all over the world.

We thought we’d do a roundup of the best in the area (those on Google Maps that scored 4 stars or more as of June 2018 based on customer reviews). And with food safety in mind, we’ve removed any that have a hygiene rating of less than 3.

What’s your favourite local restaurant or cafe?

Ariana II

Wenzel’s the Bakers

Kaipiras by Barraco

Meaty Buns Burgers Steaks Shakes

Mandalay Golden Myanmar Restaurant

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What’s happened this week 10th June 2018

How long is the Kilburn High Road between Kilburn station and Kilburn Library at the bottom? Well most of you got it wrong. It is 1.8 kms!

For singer Dua Lipa it all started in Kilburn.

Wingmans finally opened on Thursday and have been busy ever since. Really tasty chicken wings and friendly owners. Unfortunately their 25% discount ended today. Give them a try. Official launch night is this coming week, on Wednesday. Expect a few food writers in Kilburn! Continue reading

What’s happened this week 3rd June 2018

Spring has sprung. It’s nice to see that the flowers planted by volunteers at the Kilburn tube station have bloomed

Bistro 267 at 267 Kilburn High Road opened on 2nd June. The actual premises and menu do not ressemble their website though.

Damas Gardens restaurant at 222 Kilburn High Road closed and is being refurbished to open as a Mexican restaurant in about 4 weeks time.

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