Discover – Brent
Crowned The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2020, the previously under-the-radar area of Brent is taking its well-earned place in the spotlight. Famous for being home to Wembley Stadium and The SSE Arena, Wembley, this buzzing borough also has plenty of shopping and cultural attractions. Easily reachable on the Tube from the West End via the Bakerloo and Jubilee lines, find out why this area deserves your attention.
Marvel at one of the largest Hindu temples outside India at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (also known as Neasden Temple). This architectural gem, which is free to visit, is made from more than 5,000 tons of stone and marble. Take a tour and then tuck into a delicious vegetarian meal inside its Indian restaurant.
Petrolheads should stop by the legendary Ace Café London, a popular hangout for bikers and rockers. Established in 1938, this roadside café on the North Circular Road offers a packed schedule of car- and bike-related events. With a relaxed vibe, it’s the perfect spot to listen to the jukebox, play table football and have a bite to eat. On the menu are British classics: fish and chips, sausage and mash and knickerbocker glory (an ice-cream sundae). The popular café is just a six-minute walk from Stonebridge Park Tube station, which is on the Bakerloo line.
Discover a magical garden behind a row of houses at Mapesbury Dell in Cricklewood. The award-winning park has a pond with wildlife, picnic tables and benches. A play area and a pirate ship make it perfect for families.
Cheer on your favourite football team or watch a top band perform at this 90,000-capacity stadium, which is home to English football and the FA Cup. Go behind the scenes of the UK’s largest stadium on a Wembley Stadium tour, where you can take a peek inside the dressing rooms, players’ tunnel and royal box.
The SSE Arena
Enjoy a showstopping performance by your favourite musician at The SSE Arena, Wembley. The venue has seen numerous musical icons grace its glittering stage over the years, including Prince, Madonna, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, The Who, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.The arena also plays host to comedy shows and sporting events, such as wrestling.
Soak up the fresh air at Welsh Harp Reservoir, a 170-hectare wildlife sanctuary comprising open water, marshes, trees and grassland. This verdant reservoir offers a tranquil spot in the heart of Neasden.
Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market
Stock up on seasonal fruit and vegetables every Sunday morning (until 2pm) at Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market. It’s home to more than 40 stalls selling garlic dumplings, free-range chickens, cherries and cakes. You can even buy biodynamic eggs.
See a movie at The Lexi Cinema, a digital picturehouse where every penny you spend goes to charity. Run by volunteers, this indie cinema shows art-house, blockbuster and foreign films, and hosts film seasons. Enjoy a tipple in the bar, which stocks craft ales, micro-distilled spirits and wine.