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!

Kilburn has 2 of the best authentic Italian restaurants in London according to @londonrecs

Desserts alert. Creams will be opening in 2 weeks.

Please support local small businesses like the Community Bookshop on Willesden lane. A treasure trove of second hand books, great coffee and ice cream.

Very sad to see that the Moran family have decided to remove all traces of the Good Ship on Kilburn High Road. They cannot erase our memories though and we hope that Brent Council will reject the planning permission.

What do you think of the proposed new Kiln sign? Name debate aside, it looks like the new sign does not meet planning guidelines. And on the name debate side, MP Tulip Siddiq is now asking questions.






Did you know about the existence of the excellent Alexandra Road Park at the Grade II listed Alexandra and Ainsworth estate? An incredible place of greenery in this very busy part of Kilburn. The gardens are opened to all at all times, so go and visit, although the jazz band was only there on Saturday.

On your way there or back you could stop at one of these on Belsize road

The Templar House (Shoot-up Hill) residents held a “break the fast” gathering on Saturday night and the original brochure for the building was uncovered. Have a read.

Watling Gardens got a Chelsea award winning garden, transferred and replanted by lovely local volunteers and Veolia.

A petition has been started to call for a government inquiry after Barnet granted planning permission for an aggregate superhub in Cricklewood. This hub would hugely increase HGV’s traffic in Kilburn, so please take a minute to sign it.

Interested in learning some woodwork skills? There is a 5 weeks spoon carving course starting the 12th June in the crafting shed in Kilburn Grange park.

If Bowling is your thing or you would like to discover what it is about then this is for you at 51 Chatsworth road.

“The smallest Show on earth” (1957) staring Bill Travers , Virginia McKenna Margaret Rutherford and Peter Sellers was filmed in parts in Kilburn, Christchurch Avenue and Iverson Road.

More excellent history reads about the Gaumont State and the National written by Dick Weindling. Two Kilburn gems full of Cinematic and Musical history.

If you have missed today’s Camden Cyclists ride, the next one is on 12th August

Kilburn commuters might be interested to know that the Jubilee line is the most favourite tube line with the Overground third and Bakerloo third last.

Want to have a say on the policing priorities for Kilburn? Then attend the Safer Neighbourhood Public meeting on 13th June.

And….the start of Worldcup football madness is this coming week. Most pubs are set-up to show the matches live. Enjoy and let us know which pub was the best to watch in.

What is happening this week

Starting 12th June spoon carving course in Grange Park

Tuesday 12th June  Free talk at the Granville at 11am “Turning your hobby into a business”

Wednesday 13th June Young Mozart Concert in St Gabriel’s Church Willesden Green

Saturday 16th of June a free (donations welcome) workshop on Qigong, Mindfulness and self massage between 10.30am and 12am at Kingsgate Community Centre.

Saturday 16th June 7-9pm – listen to some tango music in the beautiful Mapesbury Dell park. Admission is free, £5 to reserve a bench seat

17th June – Queen’s Park Open Gardens & Studios 1pm – 6pm. Wander round the neighbourhood, meet friends and view gardens and artwork. In the Tea Garden there will be live music from local players and singers.

Regular Events

Sunday nights at 7pm are quiz nights at the North London Tavern. Did you win the £360 bar tab this week?

Monday Nights are comedy/show nights at the North London Tavern and this week it is a play about the arms trade.

Tuesday Nights are quiz nights at the Black Lion

Thursday nights are Open Mic nights at the North London Tavern

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

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

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

What is happening a bit later

Tuesday 19th June 7pm Brent Connects Kilburn meeting at the Granville. All Kilburn residents are welcome to attend.

Saturday 23rd June from 1pm to 3pm free guided walk of Kilburn, but you need to register. It’s titled “Kilburn surprises and secrets- a rich history and cultures”. Places are going fast…

23rd June. There is another open day at the West Hampstead Hockey Club for members and non members.

22-24th June Kingsgate Project Space open studios weekend. Great events and workshops are planned (make a musical instrument, try some pottery or etching, hear some talks or do a tour), a full list here. Additionally there will be a street party on Kingsgate Road on 23rd June. The music will be performed by the students of ICMP.

25th June see local author Zadie Smith at the Clayton Crown Hotel in Cricklewood reading from “The North West London Blues” and doing a Q&A

30th June-1st July Queens Park book fest. Local author Zadie Smith will be attending. Tickets  are now on sale for £10 or less. There are also a number of free events for children and adults. Please book your space not to miss out. Click here for the full brochure.

1st July from 11am – Dell Wild Day in Mapesbury Dell – a family day, with BBQ, a wild animal show, baby farmyard animals for your children to cuddle, face-painting etc. Plus a licensed bar

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

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

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.

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